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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.

There are a number of exciting ways that University of Sydney students can participate in exchange programs or field schools in Southeast Asian countries.

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.

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.

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.

Where would you like to go?

The School of Geosciences offers a Geography Field School that it has held so far in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The University of Sydney Law School also offers a Southeast Asia Winter School in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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.

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.

The University of Sydney also has exchange agreements with:




Sydney Research Seminar

Are you interested in getting out of the classroom and applying your research skills in the real world? Join leading researchers from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and receive partial funding to design and conduct real-world research in Southeast Asia

Sydney Research Seminar Unit: Researching Social Issues in Southeast Asia (SRSU3103), is based on inputs from seminars, readings and online modules. Students will work in multidisciplinary groups to develop their own research question in relation to a particular social issue in Southeast Asia. Students will then conduct a small-scale project and use the data gathered to complete a presentation and final paper that addresses their research question. In Semester 2 2019, our focus will be on the historical, economic and political significance of Water in Singapore.

Find out more here.

Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS)

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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Field School: Singapore Housing Policy 2015