University of Sydney - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Sydney through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Sydney and all other Australia program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Sydney program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester and year abroad programs at the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1850, it is Australia’s first university, and a member of the ‘Group of Eight’, Australia’s premier research intensive universities. It is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and amongst the top three in Australia. Sydney's current enrolment of approximately 49,000 students (including almost 11,000 international students representing 130 nationalities), enjoy an academic experience of the highest quality.

The University of Sydney is located in Sydney, Australia’s most dynamic, exciting and culturally diverse city. Heritage-listed, sandstone buildings stand side by side with ultra-modern sophisticated ones on the main campus, which is surrounded by green park lands. The university is also conveniently situated within close proximity to the city’s Central Business District and also to Sydney’s world-renowned, stunning ocean beaches.

Their academic and teaching resources include Australia’s largest university library, and state-of-the-art technical, computing and research facilities. We offer the widest range of research programs in Australia and are one of the top recipients of Australian government research funding. University of Sydney alumni include many high profile graduates placed in prominent and influential positions in both the public and private sectors across the world.

Our faculty is a mix of local and internationally recruited academics with extensive teaching, business and industry expertise. They bring years of knowledge gained from research in their respective fields into the classroom, providing students with a stimulating academic environment. We have an exceptional staff/student ratio with smaller, more personal classes, allowing our lecturers to cater to the students’ individual needs. The extra-curricular sporting and recreational amenities, clubs and societies available to our students are second to none. Our student support services have been rated as the best at any Australian university.

Since its inception, The University of Sydney has built an enviable reputation for quality, credibility and integrity, and is held in high esteem by its students, staff, alumni, business, industry and government. They are committed to maximising the potential of everyone in the global community we serve, seeking to develop curious minds that embrace challenge and change. The University of Sydney helps seek knowledge, reveal new perspectives and devise solutions. Over the past 160 years, the university has maintained a long and proud tradition of excellence in education, and heas been relentless in their efforts to provide a fertile environment where the brightest minds flourish.



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Sydney is Australia’s most exciting city. The suburbs of Glebe and Newtown, next to the main campus, are centers of student life - full of trendy shops and cafes offering food of all types.

The central campus is five minutes from the center of the city and twenty minutes from stunning ocean beaches. The graceful historic buildings and spacious grass lawns and gardens create an atmosphere of tradition, serenity, and elegance which students find inspirational.

Academic Highlights

The University of Sydney is renowned for the high quality of its teaching and – with over 4,000 subjects to choose from - offers students the largest University subject selection in Australia. Courses combine essential theory with the latest practice - producing students with a richer understanding of their chosen subjects. They have an exceptional staff/student ratio.

Graduates are highly sought after by employers and attract the top starting salaries. Famous alumni include Australian prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners, and a host of international stars in education, arts, politics, and business. 

The University of Sydney is currently ranked #2 in Australia and figures prominently in global rankings. Sydney is ranked among the world’s top 40 universities (UK Times Higher Education Supplement, October 2008), with its humanities teaching and research ranked in the top 20.

The University of Sydney consistently finishes well ahead of all other universities in the competition for Australian Research Council grants. It has the largest number of research programs and research students of any Australian university. 

Internships Available

Are you interested in completing a part time internship for credit while you take classes at the University of Sydney? Learn More>

University Services

The University looks after its 10,000+ international students. Services includes assistance with application, enrollment and orientation; information and welfare services; academic support; careers advice and a full orientation program on arrival. 

Academic and teaching resources are outstanding and include Australia’s largest university library, and state-of-the-art technical, computing and research facilities. Sporting and recreational facilities are second to none.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Students attending the University of Sydney have the opportunity of living in off-campus accommodation in single or shared self-catered apartments. Students will live within great communities with other international students, as well as locals. The location is convenient to transport, a short walk to University facilities and is within walking distance to shopping, cafés and more.  






Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, University of Sydney provides a university specific orientation. The Study Abroad Program and International Student Support Unit (ISSU) Orientation provides essential and valuable information about services and resources at the University as well as opportunities to meet other students and staff enjoy social activities and find out about the many student organizations and sporting facilities available to students. The orientation program also includes details of student enrollments and academic information.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Being a University of Sydney student isn’t just about study. Becoming involved in non-academic activities at the University helps you to develop a network of friends and broaden your outlook and skills.

All campuses have their own services and facilities, including cafés, social and recreational venues, student organizations and a rich social and sporting life. Prayer facilities for all faiths are also available on campus.

The Study Abroad Program offers a ‘Buddy’ program that helps you network on Facebook before you arrive, settle in and make friends with local and international students, become informed and involved in events in and around the University. The Buddy Program has events running on a weekly basis including BBQs, bushwalks, city tours, pub nights, fancy dress parties, brunches and dinners. 

Student organizations are an important part of university life. The University of Sydney Union (USU) is the oldest and largest student organization in Australia. The Union arranges a wide variety of entertainment – everything from live music to Arts festivals – and coordinates major student events like Orientation Week. The University’s registered clubs and societies cover a wide range of interests from archery to sailboarding, from sushi to Scottish country dancing, from meditation to politics.

In addition to the social and sporting clubs, there are more than 50 international student clubs that provide support for students from all backgrounds. Societies include the Sydney University Association of Malaysian Students, the University of Sydney Indonesian Students Association, the Sydney University Muslim Students Association, the Singaporean Students Association, the University of Sydney Indian Society and many more. It’s a good idea to join as many clubs as possible in your time on campus in order to develop a network of friends and to broaden your outlook and skills.

Sydney is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many activities in the nearby region to get involved in, from walking in the Blue Mountains or in the Royal National Park to hang-gliding or whale watching at several glorious spots on the coast. The famous Hunter Valley wine region is also close by if you are in search of the perfect Pinot Noir!

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Sydney or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  

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University of Sydney
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $8,500 - $9,900
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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