Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. The university is colloquially known as one of
in the world, and is comprised of multiple museums, galleries and libraries. The majority of students enroll in the following areas: Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Science,
Engineering and Information Technologies, and Health Sciences. Approximately 60,000 students attend the University of Sydney, and about 20% of the student body is international, allowing for diverse perspectives and learning.
Students enroll in courses that span disciplines
at the University of Sydney. Courses are composed of lectures, which are supplemented by weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” The Australian system fosters independent research and scholarly reflection; emphasis is placed on end-of-term culminating research projects and final exams rather than weekly assignments.
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Academics & Support
Students should consult the acceptance materials that they receive from The University of Sydney for the dates of the orientation
.The orientation is designed to introduce you to the city and the university as well as to help new students become integrated into the campus life. The university also offers the Mates Abroad
mentoring program to hundreds of study abroad and exchange students. You will be paired with an enthusiastic local student mentor to ease your transition into Sydney life. Every study abroad and exchange student is invited to opt-in to this program via email before your study begins at Sydney. Plan to stay until the last exam date; students must remain for all of their exams. During the orientation students will be advised about course selection.
Students are advised not to take Australian classes that are designed for visiting students, but rather to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments. Courses that are not approved for credit include, but are not limited to:
- EDUH4052 Learning in Outdoor Education
- EDUH4058 Sport and Learning in Australian Culture
- EDUF3034 Australian Theatre, Film and Learning
- EDGU1003 Diet and Nutrition for Health & Sport
Students are advised to select the type of housing they prefer (residential colleges, apartments, private accommodation, etc.). They will then be assigned housing according to their preference, where possible.
Housing opens before the start of the semester. Keep in mind that housing costs are paid directly to the provider by the student.
For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
Australian universities do not have meal plans. The University of Sydney has many on-campus dining facilities
as well as off-campus restaurants. Some accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
The campus boasts more than 200 clubs and societies
sponsored by the University Student Union ranging from sports, to games, the arts, and other interest groups, like the student Global Exchange Society
– a student group for study abroad and exchange students. You will have the opportunity to meet other current study abroad or exchange students, as well as other students who have returned from exchange, or are considering exchange themselves; the society organizes regular social events. There are tons of other activities, including day and weekend trips, like Surf Camp
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. The flight to Australia is extremely long. From the U.S., all flights travel west. Students who depart from Boston or any other city on the East coast have to add six hours to their trip. The most common route to Sydney is by way of Los Angeles. We recommended that students wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and take as little carry-on luggage as possible.
Information about local transportation may be found here