Ranked 38th in the world in the 2013 QS World University Rankings and consistently in the top three in Australia, the University of Sydney is one of the country’s leading research-intensive universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. University of Sydney is also ranked in the top 0.3% of universities worldwide, where 10,000 international students from over 145 countries come to study in this dynamic and beautiful city. Located in the heart of Sydney, students will be surrounded by the iconic waterfront, sweeping gardens and a bustling city. As Australia's first university, your teachers, are leaders in their field giving you insights into the latest thinking and research in your field, proving to provide a combination of academic excellence and beautiful scenery.
University of Sydney has taught:
6 Prime Ministers
2 Nobel laureates
110 Rhodes scholars
1 Pulitzer Prize winner
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1850
First University in Australia
10,000 International Students
Over 3,000 Staff Members
: 4.58 million
The university's campus is a blend of neo-gothic sandstone history complete with gargoyles, cloisters and courtyards and contemporary, well-equipped architecture, offering the highest quality teaching, learning and research facilities. It is no suprise that the University of Sydney is ranked in the top 10 most beautiful universities in the world by Huffington Post and The Daily Telegraph.
For Business Majors looking to study abroad in a business hub, Camperdown/Darlington Campus is conveniently located near Sydney's business district.
1. Where can I find out more information about studying at the University of Sydney?
Be sure to check out the website for Future Study Abroad Students
as well as the brochure for study abroad students
2. Will there be airport pick-up available?
Yes! After acceptance, the University of Sydney will give students an "Airport Reception Kit" to help them with the next steps after arrival. It contains a welcome letter, information about the university, a map of the university and information regarding temporary accommodation.
3. Will there be an orientation when I arrive?
Yes! Orientation includes both social and academic events, starting with Meet and Greet sessions two weeks prior to the semester. There is also O-Week Festival
during Orientation week for students who study abroad during the Spring semester, which is the largest orientation festival in Australia. Learn more about the welcoming
and orientation process
on Sydney's website.
4. What is the campus like?
Check out the campus map
5. What is nearby the University of Syndey?
"The University of Sydney has a network of campuses in the heart of the city and beyond." The Camperdown/Darlington Campus is less than 20 minutes by train to many of Sydney's attractions, such as Sydney city centre, Circular Quay, Bondi Junction, North Sydney, etc. Also, Sydney International Airport is conveniently only a 16 minute train ride.
6. What is there to do in Sydney when I want to take a break from my studies?
University of Sydney gives students the opportunitiy to really get involved on and off campus. There are over 200 clubs and societies, 12 cafes and 8 bars on campus, 4 live performance spaces, 2 fitness centres, an indoor rock-climbing wall, museums, sports, etc.
7. What about events in Sydney?
There are many fun events going on year-round in Sydney! Become a local by attending festivals and celebrating Australia's holidays with the community: Sydney Festival
, Australia Day- January 26th
, Sydney Mardi Gras
, Art Month
, Living in Harmony Festival
, Royal Easter Show
, Sydney Comedy Festival
, Vivid Sydney: Lights Music Ideas
, Film Festival
, Winter Festival
, Good Food Month
, Football Finals Series
, Fiesta: Beats, Dance, Ole!
, and many many more. For a full list of events in Sydney, be sure to check out the City of Sydney What's On Calendar
and Destination NSW Calendar
. For events at the University of Sydney check out the Event Calendar.
8. Does University of Sydney offer any student services?
Yes! Check out Sydney's Student Services
page to learn more about academic supoport, disability services, health and wellbeing support, and information about the career centre.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
You can find a full list of courses offered using the Sydney Courses Search
How to search for courses
Refine your search by Faculty (academic subject area); Study mode (i.e. on-campus day classes); Semester commences (Semester 1 = March to June; Semester 2 = July to November); Unit of study level (junior, intermediate, senior). The courses available during the time of study is subject to change. For more information, check out the university's website to find out what you can study
as an exchange student.
Visit Sydney's full guide to units of study
available to Study Abroad and Exchange students and information about pre-approval requirements and credit transfer arrangements.
The University of Sydney also offers a study abroad internship program
where you will have the opportunity to expand your perspective and enhance your skills and confidence by undertaking a credit-bearing Study Abroad Internship through one of our many industry and research partners. This unit of study is normally taken along side 3 other coursework units of study to make up a full-time semester course load. Eligibility for this internship is as follows:
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
- achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- have completed at least 1.5 years of university study;
- sit an interview after your arrival in Sydney
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: July to November.
Spring: March to June.
Please see the University of Sydney's Academic Calendar for more specific dates
On Campus Housing (fully catered)
On-campus housing (self catered)
Gauranteed Accommodation at Urbanest Cleveland
(new student living complex minutes from Camperdown campus)
Short Term Housing
for Temporary Arrival Accommodation (International Students)
For a full list of housing options, check out the University of Sydney's Accommodation
"University of Sydney ranked first for best student experience and campus culture in Australia."
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- Required International Health Insurance
- Mandatory Australian Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy
's website for more information.
need a visa if:
- You are in the country more than 90 days
- You are studying in the country
- You should submit your visa application online to the Australian governement's website
at least 12 weeks before the start date of the program. Students are unable to apply for a visa until they have received their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) from the university. eCOEs will be issued to the student upon acceptance by the host university.
- Refer to the University of Sydney's website for more visa support.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose “U.S. Passports & International Travel”. At the top, choose the “Country Information” tab and type in the country you are going to. Scroll down to “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements” and read thoroughly. Note: travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy’s actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
MATES Abroad – Social Mentoring Program
Each semester, hundreds of Study Abroad students opt-in and are paired with enthusiastic Australian student mentors to ease their transition into Sydney life, foster an international culture, and share exciting adventures in Australia together.
The MATES Abroad Program includes:
eeting and connecting with their Aussie mentors, pre-arrival via email, phone or social media
rrival help and support in the initial days/weeks of life in Sydney
ravelling on a mode of Sydney transport
xperiencing something quintessentially “Australian” together
haring the mentor’s friends by inviting the international mates to meet more local students
Each mentor participates in a mentor training workshop and provides regular feedback to Sydney Abroad. The MATES Abroad Mentors play an integral role in the life of our inbound students as they experience Studying Abroad at the University of Sydney.
Check out the Facebook group
for the MATES Abroad program!
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661