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University of Sydney Gap and First Year Study Abroad
Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Winter (Jul),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Every year, hundreds of students from around the world are welcomed to the University of Sydney through our Study Abroad program.  Some come for our academic reputation while others wish to experience our vibrant student life bolstered by our guaranteed housing and unique Internship Program.  Whatever the reason, join us and find out why we’re Australia’s favourite option.
About us
Our rankings reflect our achievements as a world leader in research and education for more than 160 years. Ranked in the top 50 in the world and top 5 in Australia in the QS World University Rankings, the University of Sydney is one of the country’s leading-research intensive universities, and oldest member of the prestigious Group of Eight.

Program Details
Students with High School (secondary school) qualification but no host University and students in the First Year of University who are yet to complete any tertiary-level study.  The University of Sydney recognises more than 120 secondary qualifications for entry to our Gap and First Year program.
Semester 1 2019
Intro to Sydney Week: 11th February-15th February 2019
Orientation Week: 18th February-22nd February 2019
Classes & exams: 25th February-22 June 2019
Earliest departure date: Sunday 23rd June 2019

Tuition fee: AUD$12,300 (approx $8,950 USD as at August 2018)
Applications due: 30th November 2018

Short Term 2019
Session A: 4th June-17th July 2019 (6 weeks)
Session B: 25th June-26th July 2019 (5 weeks)

Tuition fee: AUD$3,075 for 1 unit of study or AUD$6,150 for 2 units of study
Applications due: 31st March 2019

Semester 2 2019
Intro to Sydney Week: 22nd July-26th July 2019
Orientation Week: 29th July-2nd August 2019
Classes & exams: 5th August-30th November 2019
Earliest departure date: Sunday 1st December 2019

Tuition fee: AUD$12,300 (approx $8,950 USD as at August 2018)
Applications due: 30th April 2019

Choose from over 180 subjects spanning 16 Faculties and Schools, including Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Education, Music, Engineering & IT, and Science.  Check the Academic Information tab for more information on how to find the subjects that interest you.

More details:
View our Study Abroad 2019 Guide
The Bottom Line
The University of Sydney offers the best student experience in Australia coupled with state-of-the-art learning environments and academic support services in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  A Gap or First Year Study Abroad experience is a brilliant way to experience our exciting culture, develop global connections in your chosen profession, and gain a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market.

Partner Universities are recommended to contact Jessica Davis, Study Abroad Coordinator, at for advice on promoting our Gap and First Year Study Abroad program to your students.
Questions from students and questions regarding application instructions can be directed to one of our wonderful advisers:

Students from the USA
Kristin Johnson, Senior Study Abroad Adviser, at

Students from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa
Sarah Nelson, Exchange Officer, at

Academic Information

Gap and First Year students are spoiled for choice with more than 180+ units of study  to choose from throughout the year that require no previous University-level study:

Semester or Year Gap Year unit of study list
Short Term Session A unit of study list
Short Term Session B unit of study list


Guaranteed Accommodation
We are pleased to be able to offer guaranteed accommodation at our preferred accommodation providers, Queen Mary Building (QMB) and Urbanest.  Students are provided with accommodation information soon after receiving an offer letter for one of our programs.  The guarantee is subject to completing an application process by the deadline set for the program the student will be joining us and specific room types on offer may vary from one intake to the next.
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Queen Mary Building (QMB) is our featured on-campus accommodation option and always a popular option for students.  Enjoy the benefits of your own single room with access to shared bathrooms on each floor, together with lots of opportunities to socialise with your fellow students.  Facilities include a gym, theatre, music rooms, communal kitchen & dining room, lounge areas, 24/7 security staff presence, and more.  Plus there’s a cool rooftop terrace with an AWESOME view of the city!). 
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Urbanest is another of preferred accommodation providers and always one of the most popular options with students, with several convenient locations in fun areas that are just an easy 5-15 minute walk to campus.  You’ll have access lots of social and study spaces, a fully equipped gym and yoga room, TV and video games room, coin-operated laundry, and outdoor BBQ create providing heaps of opportunity to get to know students from all around the world. Rooms are fully furnished and rent is inclusive of all utilities and 20GB of internet per month.  All locations have a 24/7 dedicated on-site team, CCTV, and swipe card access for all rooms.

Other Accommodation Options
Sydney is a diverse and exciting city to experience and there are seemingly endless options for where you might like to live.  As you are considering your options, keep in mind that most rents are quoted in price per week and the price can vary depending on a variety of factors, including:
Location (proximity to campus, public transport, and other popular areas
Bedroom style (shared or single room)
Bathroom style (ensuite or shared with other students)
Utilities and internet (sometimes included in the rest, sometimes it is an extra fee)
Application fee
On Campus Accommodation
The University manages several residences where you can enjoy the freedom of affordable self-catered accommodation close to everything you need.  CLICK HERE to check out more information about these University-managed accommodation options.  Get started with your application by clicking the red “Apply now” box on the right side of the page.  If applying to Queen Mary Building, be sure to tick the box in the application to indicate you are a Study Abroad/Exchange student to access the special contract rates and duration.
The University also offers several residential colleges.  Rich in heritage and tradition, every college offers a supportive living experience that will allow you to excel in your studies and enjoy a busy social calendar.  CLICK HERE for more information on the options, including links to each college’s website.  Each college maintains its own application form and students must apply directly to the college they wish to live in.
Off Campus Accommodation
There are also lots of off campus accommodation options that are really popular with students as well – while they are not on campus they are all quite close to the University as well as a range of exciting entertainment, shopping, dining, and public transportation.
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UniLodge Sydney
TheSTEPS Central Park
Iglu Central
Privately Sourced Accommodation
Sydney is a large city and there are many suburbs that are an easy walk, bike ride, or commute by public transport. It’s a good idea not to make any permanent arrangements for privately sourced accommodation prior to arrival, as it is important to inspect properties before committing to any tenancy agreements.
Where to live?
There’s a range of dynamic and exciting suburbs near the University of Sydney.  From the bustle of Newtown’s King Street to the relaxed village vibe of Glebe, you won’t have to travel far from the main campus to discover the charms of Sydney’s inner west.  Check out the information about surrounding suburbs for a taste of the lifestyle in the area.
Short-Term/Temporary accommodation on arrival
Some students decide to arrange their semester-long accommodation after they have arrived in Sydney.  In this case students often book a hostel for a week or two upon arrival so that they have a “home base” to settle in to while they look for their semester-long accommodation.  The University’s accommodation office maintains a page with recommended options for short-term accommodation.  Past students have also utilised services like Hostel World and Trip Advisor to research short-term accommodation options.  You may also wish to consider homestay-style accommodation for your initial weeks in Sydney.
Other ways to find privately sourced accommodation
Many accommodation options and offers for share houses/apartments can be found on non-University affiliated websites. Check out these house hunting tips for advice including setting a budget, where to search, and knowing your legal rights as a tenant.

Useful Information

Social and Events Calendar
Sydney Abroad hosts a variety of social events for our Study Abroad students.  Our social calendar is not shy of exciting adventures with each semester including a range of activities 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.
Check out our Facebook group for the MATES Abroad program!

How to Apply

Applications for our programs are processed through an online application system.  It it helpful for a student to have as many of the necessary documents ready as they can starting the application.  But not to worry if you don’t, as the application system lets students save and return to your application as many times as they like before submitting the application.
Click the relevant link below for detailed instructions including which documents are needed, how to access the online application form, and a step-by-step walktrhough of the application.  The file to refer to is determined by the program a student intends to apply for:
Gap Year Semester – Application instructions for students who have completed a recognised secondary qualification and who want to come for a traditional full semester program in Semester 1 (mid Feb-mid June) or Semester 2 (late July-early Dec)
Gap Year Short Term – Applications for our 2019 Short Term programs are expected to open in January 2019.  Interested students may contact Sarah Nelson, Study Abroad Adviser at to be added to the expression of interest list.  Interested students will then be contacted with detailed application instructions when applications open. 

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