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This study abroad program through IFSA allows you to take courses at the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university. You can take classes in a variety of subjects, alongside local students. You will live in an off campus apartment complex or an on campus residential college.


Founded in 1850, The University of Sydney is Australia's first university. Modeled after Oxford University, it is considered one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. Popular subjects include Architecture, Computer Science, Design and Planning, Economics, Engineering, English Language and Literature, History, Psychology and Politics and International Studies. Some subjects have restrictions for visiting students, which you can view on the IFSA Butler website. You will take classes alongside full-degree local students. You will most likely take a traditional course load - four courses worth the equivalent of four Columbia points each.

You should note the different academic calendar in Australia, which varies significantly from the American academic calendar. Approximate dates are available on the IFSA website. IFSA does have an early start/early depart option for USyd but you should look carefully at the list of courses available for this course.

Program Features

Sydney is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city with a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. The University of Sydney campus is in Newtown, a student-friendly neighborhood known for its café culture. The campus is also close to Sydney’s central business district. The campus is modeled off of Oxford University, with beautiful quadrangles and gothic buildings. You will live in an off campus apartment complex or an on campus residential college. As a visiting student, you will have the access to the University’s student union and student clubs and social activities. IFSA will provide administrative support for your experience. They will offer academic advising, an orientation, activities and excursions.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.