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University of Sydney

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Sponsor: The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Location: Sydney, Australia


Australia's oldest and most prestigious university, the University of Sydney 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. Review the 2018 University of Sydney Study List for the list of courses accessible to study abroad students.  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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: This program follows the Australian academic calendar: Fall Quarter program begins in early July and ends in 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.


  • Arcadia University requires students to enroll in 12-16 semester credits; however, if you hope to earn 6 units at Northwestern per semester, you must enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credits. Students participating on this program for Winter + Spring quarters must enroll in at least 15 semester credits to maintain full-time status at Northwestern.
  • Carefully review Choosing Courses to Take Abroad. While Northwestern's GPA requirement is 2.5, this program requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 for consideration.

Academic Information:

  • 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. Contact your Study Abroad Adviser for more information.
  • The following University of Sydney courses are not transferable to Northwestern:
    • Learning in Outdoor Education (EDUH4052)
    • Sport and Learning in Australian Culture (EDUH4058)

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an Arcadia application by the program's deadline

Languages: English


  • Self-catered residences: Self-catered student apartments with other Arcadia & Australian students, located within walking distance to campus
  • On-campus residential colleges with Australian students (spots are limited, competitive, and include an additional cost)
  • For more information about University of Sydney housing options, visit Arcadia's Housing Overview page

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $29,630

Billed by Northwestern: $17,510

Estimated additional costs: $12,120

  • Housing: $6,390
  • Meals: $1,745
  • Airfare: $1,430
  • Local transportation: $365
  • Books & supplies: $240
  • Personal expenses: $1,530
  • Visa: $420

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