SYDNEY: University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

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  • Fall Semester - Mid July - Mid November (Semester 2 in Sydney)
  • Spring Semester - Mid - February - Late June (Semester 1 in Sydney)

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

This program allows students to live and study in one of the most multicultural and dynamic regions of the world. Students spend either the summer/fall or the spring/summer terms at the University of Sydney, the oldest university in Australia. The courses are offered mostly in the Arts & Sciences with a variety of disciplines from which to choose. Students are encouraged to take courses with an Australian and Southeast Asian focus, and will have access to all campus resources, including e-mail, campus activities, library facilities, and sports clubs. Optional trips are offered through the International Student Services Unit (ISSU) to Canberra, the Blue Mountains, and other exotic regions.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Ana Tarbetsky, Sydney Fall 2013;


Students take 4 courses ("units of study") and may choose from University of Sydney's entire course catalog. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

Choosing Courses at Sydney

To find syllabi for course evaluations:

  • Engineering and IT (click "Download UoS outline" at the top of the page under the unit title)
  • All other subjects: please email the study abroad coordinator at Northeastern

View Evaluated Courses

If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

Policies and Process for Evaluations

Host University

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university. The University has over 22,000 undergraduate students and 100 teaching departments. There are approximately 1,500 international students from every continent with the majority coming from Pacific-rim nations. The University is only a 15 minute bus ride from the downtown center, and set among the terrace houses - many of them occupied by Sydney students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.95
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    Online OISP application

    Online University of Sydney application form for the exchange program, including:

    • List of preferred units of study
    • Copy of passport ID page
    • Official transcript
    • Nomination letter from the study abroad cooridnator (sent after you complete your online OISP application)
    • Evidence of English language proficiency (only required if English is not your first language and you have not completed one year of study at an English-speaking institution)
    • Note: please read Sydney's Hints for completing the online application before beginning.  Choose Northeastern University SAX as your program.

    Additionally, please submit the following directly to OISP (either electronically or in hard copy):

    • Copy of passport ID page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Australia, Sydney: University of Sydney Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)



Students may select their own housing for this program.  Students are able to apply for on-campus housing through the University, but on-campus housing is extremely limited.  After acceptance, Sydney will email students regarding additional housing options.  Housing options may inclue apartment style housing, standard dorm rooms, and studio apartments.



Located on the southeast coast of the Pacific Ocean, Sydney is truly an international hub and Australia's premier city. In the year 2000, this vibrant city hosted the Summer Olympic games. On a natural harbor, Sydney is a stunningly beautiful city. Although most people picture the Opera House as its defining image, there are many attractions and opportunities for exotic experiences. You may decide to take full advantage of its beaches, theaters, museums, art galleries, shopping concourses, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Getting around Sydney is easy with the extensive public transportation system. There are also exciting adventures beyond the city limits. The mountain ranges and sandy white beaches provide great excursions from the city atmosphere.