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Virtual Semester Exchange

Participating in a Virtual Semester Program is an exciting opportunity to gain personal, academic and employability skills with a cross-cultural perspective!  Virtual programs enable you to gain the valuable skills that you usually develop through international experiences without the associated costs that a trip overseas can bring. 

Students participating in the Virtual Semester Program with the APRU Virtual Semester Program will study 1-2 units at one of the available virtual semester programs and will continue with 2-3 units of the usual USYD semester enrolment (studying the usual full-time study load - normally 24 credit points) in total during the semester.
The next round of applications for the Semester 1, 2022 Virtual Semester Exchange Program will open in October 2021.

Available Program/s

The APRU Virtual Semester consortium is the virtual semester program exclusively on offer for Semester 1, 2022. 

Once the APRU participating universities have been confirmed, the list of programs will be added to this page. Please refer to the APRU Virtual Semester Exchange website to see which programs have been offered in previous semesters.

The APRU Virtual Semester is offered to undergraduate students only and is best suited for students with unit flexibility in their degree.

Time Zones
Check out this time zone calculator to determine if online courses at the available programs will work for you. 

Steps to applying

  1. Attend an info session
  2. Check the requirements of your University of Sydney course (start by reviewing your Course Handbook).
  3. Research our available partner universities on the Sydney Abroad Global Mobility Database. 
  4. Submit your application prior to the specified deadline. 


To be eligible for the Virtual Semester Program you need:
  • a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 50
  • to have completed at least 24 credit points of study at the University of Sydney
  • to be meeting your academic progress requirements.

Help and advice

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