|| QUICK FACTS
|| Sydney, Australia
| Autumn Semester
| Spring Semester / Academic Year
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Instruction in English
|| Shannon Quinn | email@example.com
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester) Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester and Academic Year)
|| This exchange is open to UW graduate and
undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Students get the chance to fully immerse
themselves in Australian culture and student
life, as well as the dynamic, oceanside city of
Sydney, while studying at one of the top
ranked universities in Australia.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
The University of Sydney is the oldest institution of higher learning in Australia. Established in 1850, the main campus is located two miles from the heart of the city and covers an expanse of 170 acres. With a student population of 46,000, the university is among Australia's largest and most prestigious institutions. Highly regarded for its research and scholarship, the university has earned and international reputation for academic excellence. Its library resources are unmatched in the southern hemisphere boasting a collection of over 4 million volumes and 80,000 maps. The University Union provides many activities and services to students at subsidized prices. For a modest fee, the Sports Union offers extensive facilities for individual, intramural and collegiate athletic activities. Included among these resources are an indoor pool, sports ovals and a ski hut at Thredbo Alpine Village.
When the first Europeans landed in Australia in the 1770's, Sydney was their point of entry. Originally named Port Jackson, the settlement began as a penal colony for convicts from England. Today, Sydney boasts a population of 4.2 million people and is the capital of New South Wales. The city is multi-cultural and cosmopolitan offering an enormous variety of activities and exciting places to discover. Sydney harbor is its focal point with walking trails, parks and Jorn Utzon's famous Opera House lining its shores and hundreds of ferries crossing its waters. A string of ocean beaches, including spectacular Bondi Beach, "bookend" the city and provide a relaxing retreat from the pace and urban character of downtown. Despite its size, Sydney is remarkably easy to explore. Public transportation is efficient and access to destinations both within and without the city is simple.
The university system in Australia consists of 37 universities and 630,000 students. The system is mostly public with all but two of the institutions receiving state support. Degree programs generally last three years and offer the option of a fourth "honors" year for students with strong academic records. Highly specialized fields, such as engineering and medicine, often require additional studies lasting from one to three years.
Having already satisfied pre-requisites in secondary school, Australian students launch into their specialized core courses from the onset of their university careers. Once a student declares a specialization there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Australia are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized Australian curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations. In general, Australian universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Students are responsible for their own learning and expected to complete a significant amount of independent reading and research outside of class. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate studies in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Grades are usually determined by a combination of paper and test scores with a very heavy emphasis on the final exam. Although Australian students normally take fewer exams than their American counterparts, they are often expected to complete more papers and oral presentations.
Australian university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are one-on-one or small group discussions with the professor teaching the course. During the tutorials students are challenged to defend their essays and discuss course topics in-depth.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
University of Sydney course catalog
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Australia and are eligible for university accommodations at their host institution. Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or flats close to campus.
Note: Student housing is an exceptional way to meet other international students but not necessarily Australian students. Most Australian students live off campus in rented flats or at home with their parents. The primary source of your interaction with Australian students will be in your classes and through your involvement with campus clubs and societies.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Sydney Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Sydney Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.