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University of Sydney

University Facts

  • Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney’s main campus is located on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District. The university is surrounded by many unique inner-city neighborhoods known for their ”offbeat” artistic culture and café scene.
  • Ranked in the top 40 universities in the world, in the top 20 for Arts and Humanities and Life Sciences and Biomedicine, and ranked equal second in Australia by the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings (2009).
  • Originally modeled after Oxford University, the spacious campus boasts beautiful sandstone buildings on grassy courtyards, combined with modern architecture.
  • Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is known as “Australia’s First University.”
  • The university has produced four Australian prime ministers, three Nobel laureates and a collection of internationally renowned authors, academics, artists, cultural leaders, world business leaders and public figures.
  • Student services include: academic skills support; 24-hour computer laboratories; on-campus wireless internet; university email account; on-campus security; health services; disability support;
    counseling service; sports and recreation facilities including 50-meter indoor pool; more than 100 student clubs and societies; library, chaplaincy, cafés and restaurant.

Academic Program

  • The Sydney College of Arts is highly regarded for academic excellence and is popular with study-abroad participants interested in continuing their education in Australia.
  • The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, located adjacent to the world famous Sydney Opera House and surrounded by the lush Royal Botanical Gardens, provides a dramatic setting for some of Australia’s most talented young musicians.
  • Subject to a few restrictions, you can choose to study almost any course at the University of Sydney provided you have the necessary prerequisite knowledge.
  • The University offfers courses in Agriculture; Architecture; Biological Sciences; Business, Management and Marketing; Communications, Media and Journalism; Computer and Information Sciences; Education; Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Foreign Languages and Linguistics; Health, Sport and Recreation; Humanities and Social Sciences; International Relations/Studies; Mathematics and Statistics; Nursing; Performing Arts; Psychology; Sciences and Visual Arts.

Popular Electives

Most students choose to take 1-2 electives during their time in Australia. Many Australia-related courses are available.

  • HSTY 1089 - Australia: Colonies to Nation
  • EDUF 3034 - Australian Theatre, Film, and Learning
  • KOCR 2600 - Indigenous Australia: An Introduction
  • EDUH4052 – Learning in Outdoor Education
  • EDUH4053 – Indigenous Sport, Education and Culture
  • EDUH4058 – Sport and Learning in Australian Culture
  • ASTR2601 – Australia: Land and Nation
  • SCLG1001 - Sociology 1

"I would recommend taking art classes because there is a great opportunity to socialize, more so than with other classes, with people from all over the world."

Audrey M.

"I really enjoyed Learning in Outdoor Education because we took some neat field trips where we were able to explore some of what Australia has to offer."

Heather D.

"I would recommend taking a combination of the courses geared to study abroad students and courses that would be filled with primarily Australian students. They each give a different beneficial approach to experiencing and learning about the Australian culture."

Lindsay J.

For more details regarding courses available at the University of Sydney, please visit their website. For a general listing of all subject areas offered at our partner universities, visit What You Can Study.

More details regarding course selection will be provided upon acceptance.

About the Campus

The University of Sydney is located in the heart of one of the world’s most renowned cities – Sydney, Australia. The university is surrounded by many unique inner-city neighborhoods, including Glebe, Newtown and Darlington, which are known for their “offbeat” and artistic culture and café scenes. With easy access to one of the world’s most famous harbors, multiple beaches, beautiful botanical gardens, parks, museums and theatres, students find the transition of attending the University of Sydney both easy and welcoming.

The Camperdown/Darlington Campus is positioned on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District. This sprawling campus features beautifully landscaped grounds, sports ovals and centers, museums, galleries, two major complexes devoted to student recreation and services, the famous Quadrangle and many other beautiful modern and historic buildings. Modeled after Oxford University, the University of Sydney campus boasts beautiful stone buildings on grassy courtyards with great campus appeal for study-abroad students. With its combination of sandstone colonial buildings and modern architecture adjacent to leafy Victoria Park, the University of Sydney offers one of the most vibrant and historic settings available to students.

Campus Activities

University of Sydney's campus has more than 150 clubs and societies ranging from archery, water polo and bushwalking to surfing, drama and volunteering. Add in amazing live music from leading Australian and international artists and intellectual debate over coffee, and everyone will discover they have the opportunity to get involved in the vibrant campus life.

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