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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 02/26/2018 06/29/2018
NOTE: These semester dates are approximate. We will post exact dates when they are available.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne
Program Director:
Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory, Off Campus, On Campus Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Iowa State
Program Type:
Direct Program Group: Study Abroad Center
Program Description:
Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in Australia, University of Sydney

Why University of Sydney?
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a semester abroad at University of Sydney:
 #1 Many of University of Sydney's academic areas rank in the top 40 among world universities.
#2 The University of Sydney is located in the heart of this vibrant city.  There is so much to explore in Sydney: restaurants, festivals, beaches, gardens, architecture, and more. 
#3  University of Sydney course offerings are very cross-disciplinary - making it the widest range of academic programs of any Australian university.
#4 The University of Sydney invites study abroad students to fold an internship into their academic experience.


The University of Sydney's campus is considered one of the most beautiful with iconic "collegiate gothic" architecture to more contemporary design.  Six libraries, art galleries, museums, and eleven different colleges are all within walking distance of Sydney's Darling Harbour and other sites.  Beyond Sydney, Australia itself is vast (it is the only country that is its own continent) and there is so much to explore within it!  Australia invites you to see its cities, beaches, shoreline, mountains, desert, and to learn more about its own unique culture and history.
UofSydney campus

What Courses?

The study abroad program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or a summer at the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney offers a wide variety of classes that, in many cases, mirror courses and programs at Iowa State. Some popular areas that interest ISU students are: Business, Engineering, Architecture, Education, History, and Animal Science.  All ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Sydney. 

Students applying for a semester-long study abroad at U of Sydney will have a very wide range of classes to choose from.  Please see the University of Sydney course handbook.
To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here:
Transfer Credit Contacts

Students applying for a summer study abroad at the University of Sydney will either choose a 3-week or 6-week option and classes are available in business, arts, humanities, and science. See the University of Sydney short-term course listings.

Internships are easily folded into either summer or semester study.  Internship placement requires a 3.2 GPA and all participants will receive a final grade that appears on the University of Sydney transcript.

Where will I live?

Study abroad students attending University of Sydney are guaranteed placement in "Urbanest," a student accommodation complex that is within a 5-minute walk to campus.  Room and board fees are paid directly to the University of Sydney after arrival in Australia.
Students can research housing options online: University of Sydney Accommodation

How much?

Click on the "budget sheet" at the top of this page to see the provisional ISU Program Fee as well as other estimated costs.

The ISU Program Fees include tuition, fees, and ISU’s CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fees do not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.


What else?

Study abroad students at the University of Sydney are integrated into social events and campus clubs.  Study abroad students are also invited to go along on excursions.  Planned excursions include surf camp, trips to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, and more.

To learn more about the University of Sydney program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center.  She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions.  Email: