“One of the benefits of studying abroad is that the learning is multidimensional; the opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities diversified my experiences where the new knowledge I gained stemmed from many perspectives. I managed to get the chance to watch an Aboriginal theatre production ‘Bennelong’ by a completely Aboriginal cast and crew at the breath-taking Sydney Opera House.
Study Abroad Internship Program
The personal highlights of the time I spent in Australia were the friends I made and the places I got to visit. I managed to see multiple humpback whales on their migration to warmer waters as well as taking coastal hiking trips with my friends at the Royal National Park, going to the Iceberg Pool at Bondi beach and taking ferries to the picturesque beachside suburb of Manly.” – Eshitha Vaz, University College London (Short Term Session B, 2017)
Our unique Study Abroad Internship Program (ARTS2600) provides the opportunity to gain work experience within the Australian marketplace or research in the Australian University setting. Sydney Abroad interns have the chance to develop familiarity with the Australian workplace culture while applying their academic learning in real workplace situations. They also enhance their communication, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills and gain a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market by developing global connections.
Sydney Abroad interns complete a minimum 120 hours in an industry or research placement with one of our many and varied partners. Parallel to your placement are eight hours of professional development workshops, academic readings and a range of assessments, including a final project report.
We facilitate student’s placements with companies from a variety of fields including start-ups, technology firms, financial service providers, and non-profits. Applicants are placed on a best-fit basis. Placement is highly competitive, with only 15 placements on offer, and based on eligibility criteria such as GPA (3.0 minimum), applicability of academic studies to the placement, and the outcome of a Skype interview.
Social and Events Calendar
Sydney Abroad hosts a variety of social events for our Study Abroad students. Our social calendar offers exciting adventues like:
- Breakfast with Koalas – private tour of Sydney’s wildlife zoo followed by a buffet breakfast under a Koala canopy
- Learn to Surf Camp
- Hunter Valley Weekend Away
- Aussie BBQs
- Blue Mountains scenic trips
- ...and much more!
MATES Abroad – Social Mentoring Program
Each semester, hundreds of Study Abroad students opt-in and are paired with enthusiastic Australian student mentors to ease their transition into Sydney life, foster an international culture, and share exciting adventures in Australia together.
The MATES Abroad Program includes:
- Meeting and connecting with their Aussie mentors, pre-arrival via email, phone or social media
- Arrival help and support in the initial days/weeks of life in Sydney
- Travelling on a mode of Sydney transport
- Experiencing something quintessentially “Australian” together
- Sharing the mentor’s friends by inviting the international mates to meet more local students
Each mentor participates in a mentor training workshop and provides regular feedback to Sydney Abroad. Our MATES Abroad Mentors play an integral role in the life of our inbound students as they experience Studying Abroad at the University of Sydney.
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