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Field schools and exchanges

Take your studies to Southeast Asia

Combine study and travel by participating in short-term field schools or semester-long exchange programs, bringing your new knowledge to life in a different culture.

Why go on exchange to Southeast Asia?

Whether or not you are studying subjects relating to Southeast Asia, countries in this region are an ideal destination for Australian students. Here are some reasons:

Short distance: Studying in Southeast Asia does not involve a long-haul, 24-hour flight. You can be at your destination within eight hours.

Study in English: In Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, international exchange students can nominate to study in English.

Learn another language: From memorising some key phrases (or more) to honing your language skills, speaking another language is a fun experience that will give you a competitive edge on the job market! 

Low cost: The cost of living in Southeast Asia is much cheaper than being a student in Europe or the United States, leaving you plenty of extra cash to explore other countries in the region.

There are a number of exciting ways that University of Sydney students can participate in study programs in Southeast Asian countries.

Our offshore study opportunities around the world include:

  • field schools
  • exchange and study abroad programs
  • ACICIS programs

 

Where would you like to go?

Our flagship field schools bring students from different disciplines together to tackle a real-world problem specific to a country in the region. Our students have undertaken interdisciplinary field schools in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Our current field schools include:
 
 
Other Faculties and Schools in the University also offer field school opportunities to Southeast Asia, including:
 
  • The School of Geosciences offers an Asia-Pacific Field School that it has held so far in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia. Testimonials can be seen here
  • Postgraduate students doing Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Development Studies can also take part in the a postgraduate field school on Sustainable Development (ENVI5903) that has been to Laos and Indonesia.
  • The Abercrombie Business School offers RARE, a community-engaged learning program connecting students with remote, rural and Indigenous enterprises in Australia and South-East Asia to solve real-world business challenges.
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences offers 4-6 week health or care placements with a community-based organisation in a range of Faculty-selected locations including Cambodia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The University of Sydney has exchange agreements with:

Indonesia:

Malaysia:

Singapore:

Thailand:

Students from the University’s Wesley College can participate in the Overseas Study Experience that involves studying, working and traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

ACICIS runs the Study Indonesia Program which consists of a variety of study options in Indonesia. ACICIS internationalises students’ educational experience by taking part in a challenging, academically tailored study abroad program offering high levels of pastoral care. A variety of practicum and semester-long programs are available.

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