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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Science, Engineering, Science

Enrolling in a large university, you can choose courses from a wide array of disciplines. In this program, you will immerse completely in a new academic culture and take courses alongside local Australian and international students.

Unique study opportunities

  • Access popular courses that offer guided real-life experiences related to the Australian outdoors, Australian sports, and Australian arts through The Faculty of Education and Social Work.
  • Attend one of the largest and most prestigious psychology schools in Australia. The School of Psychology offers excellence in research and teaching, and sub-disciplines include biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and social psychology.
  • Gain real-world career experience collaborating on a project at a leading business, government, or community organization as part of the Sydney Undergraduate Experience program.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units each semester or 24 University of Sydney units per term.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a P/NP basis.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit are also an option in this program. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Industry and Community Project

The University of Sydney has partnered with more than 35 leading business, government, and community organisations to offer real-world projects as part of the Sydney Undergraduate Experience. You can work in interdisciplinary groups throughout the semester, in collaboration with your industry partner and an academic supervisor. Groups present their projects to the industry partner at the end of the semester.

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to Australian campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The Australian semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address Australian lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them.
  • In Australia, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use Australian English for assignments.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Australian university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (i.e., curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be compared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this standard via a grading rubric.

Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in the sixth week and not receive any grades back until the eighth week. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

UCEAP converts your Australian grades to UC grades. Fall grades are usually available late January to early February. Spring grades are usually available mid-August to mid-September.