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Study Abroad | Sydney

Australia | University of Sydney | Fall 2023
Sydney harbor
Boats at Port Stephens.

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  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2024


A semester in Sydney with AIFS brings new meaning to “once in a lifetime.” Choose from a wide range of course options at the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious university. In their free time, students will explore Sydney and its surroundings, from world class museums and art galleries to the best fresh food and exciting nightlife, festivals, theater and sports events.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 16 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available

  • Housing

    Shared room in apartment or shared suite in a student residence with fully supplied kitchens, near Sydney University and the city center. Single rooms subject to availability for an additional cost.

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trips including a Hunter Valley Winery tour, Port Stephen’s to visit the Dolphins and the UNESCO world heritage Blue Mountains area

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Support Staff

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program and access to the AIFS office in central Sydney for assistance with booking local travel

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Sydney Full Curriculum

Program is closed


July 22, 2023November 25, 2023




University of Sydney

Application Deadline

April 25, 2023

Inclusive Fees


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Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 3.0 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Area Studies
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fitness and Recreation
  • Foreign Language
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Global Peace, International Security and Human Rights
  • Global Sustainability
  • Health Sciences and STEM
  • Language, History and Culture
  • Social and Criminal Justice
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university and was founded in 1850. With over 70,000 students, the university prides itself on producing leaders with qualities that will enable them to serve communities. It is 4th in the world for graduate employability and is the top university in Australia. It is recognized as a top university for International Relations, Asia-Pacific related studies, Engineering, STEM, Environmental Topics and Liberal Arts. The business school has the prestigious triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS putting it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide. Since it offers the widest range of academic programs of any Australian university, students can experience a flexible and personalized study abroad experience. Located in a beautiful area of central Sydney, the campus is close to the city center, walking distance to vibrant communities and offers world class sports facilities. 

Full Curriculum means that students can choose any course available on the University of Sydney’s curriculum subject to prerequisites.

Courses are typically worth 6 USYD credit points each, equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits. Fall semester students take 18 or 24 USYD credits equivalent to 12 or 16 U.S. semester credits. 

Students can also select an internship (120 hours) over 13 weeks in and industry or research placement. This internship course is worth 6 credits and it taken alongside the other units of study.

Sustainability Program – students can join the concurrent certificate program and get a sustainability micro credential.


This co-curricular program can be taken alongside the study abroad program at the University of Sydney where students can undertake exclusive activities and a speaker series focused around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Completion results in a Digital Badge.

Full Curriculum means that students can choose any course available on the University of Sydney’s curriculum subject to prerequisites. 

The program aligns with the northern hemisphere spring semester making it ‘Spring Friendly’ and begins in January with a 1 subject-intensive course chosen from the Summer Session or an internship (120 hours) for 4-6 weeks. Students then take 2 or 3 courses from the regular Semester 1 Session. 

Courses are typically worth 6 USYD credit points each, equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits. Spring Friendly students take 18 or 24 USYD credits equivalent to 12 or 16 U.S. semester credits. 

Sustainability Program – students can join the concurrent certificate program and get a sustainability micro-credential. 

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Living Abroad


Situated on campus and designed with student life in mind the student accommodation is safe, comfortable and modern:

  • Shared apartments in student residence
  • Study desk
  • Shared kitchen and living room area
  • Air conditioning
  • Cinema
  • Gym
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • 24/7 secure reception

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Sydney.


With its excellent beaches and year-round mild weather, Sydney is the perfect place to try surfing, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, and other aquatic activities.


Sydney is the most populous city in Australia with over 4.6 million inhabitants with approximately 28% of the population was born elsewhere. Sydney is a consistently high-ranking world city for quality of life.

Environmental Focus

The City of Sydney introduced a Sustainable Sydney 2030 program, with various targets planned and a guide on how to reduce energy in homes and offices by 30%. The city also has an “urban forest growth strategy” which aims to increase the tree coverage in the city by planting trees and vegetation to provide cleaner air and create moisture during hot weather, thus lowering city temperatures.

AIFS in Sydney On-Site Student Support Staff, Semester Programs

Details of the on-site staff will be confirmed before the program begins and posted here.

The University of Sydney organizes a variety of social events to help you make the most of campus life and support you on your health, wellbeing and academic journey. Some activities may require an additional fee.

  • Welcome Week – welcome events and entertainment to kick start your introduction to Sydney and the campus community
  • Mates Abroad pairs study abroad students with like-minded, enthusiastic local student mentors
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Breakfast with Koalas
  • Aussie football game
  • Surf camp
  • City tours
  • BBQs

There is a an extensive sporting / sporting facility culture on campus that include options that are competitive or social. Most student residences also offer onsite gym facilities.  


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Sydney and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Australia. 

Hunter Valley Vineyard.

Hunter Valley Winery

Winery tour, visit to vodka distillery, and kangaroo spotting. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • Australia
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Port Stephens.

Port Stephens

Visit to Gan Gan Lookout viewing point, dolphin cruise, sandboarding, camel ride and visit to Stockton Beach. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • Australia
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Blue Mountains in Australia.

Blue Mountains

Visits to Lincoln Rock and Wentworth Falls lookout, Leura Village and Echo Point. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • Australia
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    April 25, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    May 15, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    April 20, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    July 20, 2023
  • Program Begins
    July 22, 2023
  • Program Ends
    November 25, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    November 26, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Sydney?

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