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University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Program sponsor: The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbor with downtown skyline, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbor with downtown skyline, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australia's oldest and one of its most prestigious universities, the University of Sydney (USyd) is located on the fringe of Sydney's central business district in the vibrant neighborhood called Glebe, while still allowing easy access to downtown Sydney. USyd offers a range of strong academic courses usually with an Australian perspective with particular strengths in health and life sciences, humanities and engineering, particularly Computer Science. A Conservatorium of Music and the School of Art add to the comprehensive nature of the university. Credit-bearing internships in a variety of fields are also available.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Term notes

This program follows the Australian academic calendar: Fall quarter begins in early July and ends in mid-November. Winter/Spring quarters begin in early February and end in late June. Full year is either February through November (the Australian academic year) or early July through late June (the U.S. academic year). Students may choose either option.


Review the 2018 University of Sydney study list for the list of courses accessible to study abroad students.

Non-transferable courses

Some courses in the Education Department at the University of Sydney are not eligible for credit at Northwestern and should be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar to determine if they are transferable.

The following University of Sydney courses are not transferable to Northwestern:

  • Learning in Outdoor Education (EDUH4052)
  • Sport and Learning in Australian Culture (EDUH4058)

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern credits
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Self-catered student apartments or on-campus residential colleges with Australian students (spots are limited, competitive, and include an additional cost).

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $32,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $6,600
  • Meals: $2,530
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Local transportation: $420
  • Books & supplies: $350
  • Personal expenses: $2,180
  • Visa: $420

Total: $14,100

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Arcadia website for information about their available scholarships.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated Arcadia programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an Arcadia program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to Arcadia to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your Arcadia tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Arcadia Housing Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from Arcadia for your housing abroad. It is your responsibility to pay Arcadia directly by their deadline; you can view and pay your Arcadia invoice through the Arcadia Passport.

You should not pay your host institution abroad directly for your housing under any circumstances. Always refer to your Arcadia materials for all information about your housing placement and payments, and contact your Arcadia program manager directly if you have any questions.

  • Arcadia Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit to Arcadia, it will be credited to your Arcadia housing invoice.
  • Arcadia Scholarships: If you were awarded an Arcadia scholarship, it will appear on your Arcadia invoice, not on your Northwestern account.
  • Financial Aid Arrangements: If you plan to use your NU financial aid refund to pay your Arcadia invoice, complete the Arcadia Financial Aid Deferment form and send it to Krista Bethel.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, or other optional items related to your program. In particular, when you register for your courses abroad, carefully review the information provided by Arcadia regarding additional course fees for certain departments. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to Arcadia.

Program Website