IFSA University of Sydney Partnership

Sydney, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: November 1 (September 15 for Early Start)

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About University of Sydney

Australia's first university is located in one of the most exciting areas of Sydney, with the quirky, offbeat suburbs of Newtown and Glebe stretched around it. An enormous, urban campus, University of Sydney is modeled after Oxford and Cambridge in England, and it is perfect for students that love coffee, live music and the arts, bookshops, and libraries. The business school is the only one in Australia to have AACSB accreditation for both Accounting and Finance. With more than 100 teaching departments organized into 16 faculties you are sure to find the courses you need!

University of Sydney Benefits

  • Attend one of Australia's most prestigious universities, modeled after Oxford, and ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide
  • Live in the heart of one of Sydney's trendiest neighborhoods (Newtown) with easy access to the Sydney transportation system, which makes the program a great fit for student who want to explore their host city
  • Gain valuable experience as part of the state-of-the-art internship program designed specifically for study abroad students, with many different opportunities, including sports management, marketing, nonprofit management and medical research
  • Study subjects from a wide range of disciplines and plan out your courses early thanks to Sydney's quick approval process
  • The business school is the only one in Australia to have AACSB accreditation for both Accounting and Finance
  • The campus includes the magnificent 1857 quadrangle, regarded as a national treasure
  • More than 200 student societies and clubs gives you a rich and diverse experience
  • Great sports facilities, including indoor pool, rock climbing, tennis pavilion, gymnasium and recreation center
  • Live among locals, just a short bus ride from the central business district, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, and about 30 minutes from the closest beach
  • The University of Sydney includes the United States Study Centre, the only center of its kind in Australia

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Sydney Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Sydney Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Use Sydney’s Unit of Study Tools to view all available courses (called “units of study”) for study abroad students. You can either open the master list for all undergraduate units (linked on page 2) to browse all available units or you can open thematic lists or faculty/department lists that have been organized by area of study.

The number of courses you take abroad depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Sydney, a full course load consists of 24 Sydney credits per semester or 48 Sydney credits per year for a total of 15 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. 

3 USY points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
6 USY points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
12 USY points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Special Curriculum Options
Early Start / Early Depart
Application Deadline: September 15
IFSA students studying at University of Sydney for the spring term can opt to arrive early and leave early (also called the "Spring Friendly Semester") in order to align their study abroad dates with a U.S. calendar. Many students find this helpful in order to participate in summer internship opportunities in the U.S. that require them to be back for the month of June. Students arrive early and begin their semester with a single, intensively taught course in Sydney's summer term  (January-February), then take three courses during semester 1. These are chosen from a curated list of courses that either do not have exams, or from a special list of business units where arrangements have been made for students to take their exams early (available here).
Course Restrictions
Please read below for more information regarding a number of restrictions or additional requirements at the University of Sydney:

You must submit a portfolio with the following information:
  •  Photographs representative of your previous study
  • Resume Short piece in a cultural area of academic writing
  • Short piece in a technical area of academic writing. You will meet with architecture staff upon arrival at University of Sydney to discuss the courses for which you are best suited. It's easier to take architecture courses if you study abroad during semester 1.
These subjects are introductory art units (including ceramics, photography, sculpture) that do not require previous experience. The units are listed under the AWSS or DESA codes. These subjects have limited space due to quotas, and you will have to wait until you arrive to try to enroll in these units. Be prepared to choose other courses.

These courses are available under a number of different faculties. The Faculty of Science and department of computer science will have courses in computer science listed under COMP, SOFT and NETS.

These courses are listed under INFO and ISYS, and the Faculty of Economics and Business offers them in the information systems department as INFS.

Please make sure you have met all the prerequisites if you choose a 3000-level unit. About 15 percent of IFSA students regularly fail economics and business courses because they have chosen a unit that is too much of a stretch for them, given their experience in that discipline. Choose carefully!

All education units of study require special approval, which means you should be prepared to wait a few extra weeks for a decision.

If you are a fine or visual arts major, you will probably want to take courses at the Sydney College of the Arts, located at the Rozelle Campus. This campus is a 40-minute bus ride from the main campus where you will be living. The cost of commuting is your responsibility. If you are admitted, you will be allowed to work in a studio in your chosen field while also studying studio theory and techniques. You must include a portfolio with your Unit of Study Enrolment form. The portfolio should include the following: The portfolio may be presented in one of the following formats: VHF video, photographic, CD or DVD ROM. Should consist of 10 pieces maximum. Items should be relevant and representative of your abilities and interest. Items do not need to be directly relevant to the area which you would like to study at Sydney.

These courses have limited space and require students to provide descriptions of previous courses with their Unit of Study Enrolment form. The courses in this faculty are on the Cumberland campus, which is about an hour by public transportation from the main campus. If you are going to take courses at Cumberland, we suggest that you try to take all of your courses on this campus rather than trying to commute between the City and Cumberland campuses. The cost of commuting is your responsibility.

It is difficult for most U.S. undergraduates to qualify to take law and criminology courses at Sydney. While the courses are technically available, they will require special approval, which means you should be prepared to wait a few extra weeks for a decision. Please check to make sure you meet any prerequisites.

Study abroad students may not take courses in either of these two faculties. There are courses available to study abroad students in anatomy and histology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology as long as prerequisites are met and previous course work is included along with the Unit of Study Enrolment form. The above mentioned courses are found in the Faculty of Science.

Students may take courses in music in two different ways at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium is located about 20 minutes from the main campus by public transport. The cost of commuting is your responsibility. Non-performance courses Coursework in music history, theory and composition is offered under the course code MUSC. Students who are music majors may also take courses under MCGY.

Because you will be in the United States at the time of application, you will not be able to participate in a live audition. You will need to submit an audition either via videotape (in PAL format) or DVD, which includes a statement signed by both you and your teacher certifying that it is a true recording. To find out more details on the audition requirements and submission requirements for composition and musicology applicants, see the University of Sydney website. Additional fees will be charged to your bill once you have officially signed up for courses in instrument, voice, composition or musicology. Students may not study more than one instrument or area of principal study during a semester, and it may not be possible to take one-on-one instruction. The additional fees may be as high as US$500, but we will not know exactly how much this extra fee will be until you have arrived in Sydney and started your courses. This fee will be sent to your billing address approximately two months after your arrival in Sydney.

Students taking science courses (especially those that have a lab component) may be charged a supplemental tuition fee, as IFSA's tuition fees are based on the arts and social science tuition fee.

There are numerous restrictions on study abroad students in this faculty. If you wish to take courses in this faculty, you must submit descriptions of previously completed work when you return the Unit of Study Enrolment form.
Experiential Learning

The University of Sydney offers a highly competitive internship program. Interns must have a strong academic background and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Prospective interns must also successfully complete an interview process upon arrival in Sydney. Interns will spend at least 15 days working on a specialized project with one of the University of Sydney's host organizations. Students will be awarded a letter grade for participating in the internship program, which will appear on their Butler University transcript. The internship is worth 4 Butler University U.S. credit hours. 

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Film and television production
  • Visual arts
  • Graphic design
  • Sports management
  • Architecture
  • Marine biology
  • Environmental science
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical research
  • Government and policy
  • Not for profits
  • Information technology
  • Human resource management
  • Operations
  • Communications and media
  • Special events and public relations
  • Marketing
  • Banking and finance 
Research placements (juniors and seniors only; please contact your IFSA program advisor for assistance selecting an available area from within the university's faculties/departments).
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Sydney Partnership
Accounting Advertising Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Agriculture American History American/Canadian Studies Anatomy/Physiology Ancient History Animal Science Animation Anthropology Archaeology Architecture and Design Art Education Art History Asian Studies Astrophysics Athletic Training Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Civil Engineering Classics Communication Science/Disorders Communications Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Cybersecurity Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education Engineering, General English Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Film Production Film/Cinema Studies Finance Fine Arts Foreign Language, Other French Game Design Genetics Geography Geology Geophysics German Graphic Design Greek (Modern and Classical) Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Studies Hebrew History Human Resources Human Rights Human and Child Development Illustration/Drawing Immunology Indigenous Studies Industrial and Organizational Psychology Information Technology Intelligence/Security Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Jewelry Making Jewish Studies Kinesiology/Exercise Science Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Linguistics Literature Management Management Information Systems Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Medicine, Pre-Medical Medieval History Microbiology Molecular and Cellular Biology Music Music Composition Music Education Music Performance Natural Resource Management Neuroscience Organizational Management Painting Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy Philosophy of Science Photography Physical Education Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Poetry Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Public Relations Public/Global Health Religious Studies Rhetoric Secondary Education Social Justice Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Speech Pathology Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Studio Art Supply Chain Management Sustainability Studies Teaching English as a Second Language Telecommunications Theater/Drama Theology Translation Urban Studies Veterinary Studies/Science Wildlife Management Women and Gender Studies World History Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Most meals included
Students can choose to live in self-catered, off campus apartments or one of three on campus residential colleges. Students who choose to live off campus are housed in Urbanest apartments, about a 20 minute walk to campus. All apartments house eight IFSA students in four double, en-suite bedrooms. Each apartment has a kitchen and living space and all meals are self catered.

Students who choose to apply to a residential college may choose one of the following:
  • Wesley College
  • Mandelbaum House
  • Sancta Sophia College
Please note that additional application items may be required and students housed in residential colleges will incur a supplemental fee for the meal plan and housing services. Spaces are competitive and students not offered a place in a residential college will automatically be housed in Urbanest.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Resident Director

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-February 2021 Early Start: Early January 2021
Program End Date
Late June 2021 Early Start: Early June 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Coming Soon
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on self-catered Urbanest Apartments. Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in catered housing options of Sancta Sophia College ($2,350), Mandlebaum House ($3,075), or Wesley College ($4,225).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Academic Year 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid—July, 2020
Program End Date
Mid—June, 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
This program may have supplemental fees. Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor for personal costs.

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 22, 2020
Program End Date
November 29, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on Urbanest Apartments. Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in Sancta Sophia College ($2150); Mandelbaum House ($2900); or Wesley College ($3575).

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs