Study Abroad in Sydney

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Study Abroad in Sydney Australia

Explore Sydney, Australia 

Sydney welcomes students from around the globe with open arms in this vibrant multicultural city. Once a British penal colony, today the largest city in the land down under hosts some 35,000 international students who enjoy Sydney’s sunny skies, outdoor lifestyle, national parks, arts, culture, and more.

When you study abroad in Sydney, you’ll be in one of the most livable cities in the world with magnificent beaches, social inclusion, and diverse industry. If you want to study abroad in Australia’s safest city and experience Sydney life, check out CIEE’s study abroad programs in Sydney.

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Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. Past study tours and cultural experiences in Sydney have included:

  • Go on an overnight excursion to Canberra for a historical overview of Australia’s past
  • Kayak with fellow students through Sydney Harbor
  • Visit the Sydney Opera House for a performance
  • Explore national parks like Darling Harbour National Park and Tomaree National Park
  • Enjoy a traditional and unforgettable Australian BBQ
  • Hike the Blue Mountains with experienced guides

If you’re looking to learn fun facts about Sydney and join in on unique experiences with your fellow classmates, CIEE’s tours and excursions allow you to do just that! From abundant sea and wildlife to diverse cultures and history, Sydney offers something for every student.

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Where Students Study

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CIEE Sydney is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. It is centrally located and perfect for exploring every inch of this seaside city – from Glebe Point and Sydney Harbor to Woolloomooloo and Oxford Street.

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. Students interested in interning in Sydney may be placed at a company ranging from innovative start-ups in business to global organizations and NGOs. 

Students looking to volunteer in Sydney may be able to work on projects to support the needs of stray dogs and cats, peer-to-peer tutor at the Indigenous Education Center, or help young learners with basic computing skills.

Study Abroad Programs in Sydney

Pocket Guide to Sydney

  • Currency
    Australian Dollars (AUD)

    Spoken Languages IN Sydney

    Available Transportation
    Train, light rail, bus, ferry

    Famous Local
    Chris Hemsworth – Australian actor known for Thor

  • Climate
    Sunny, warm summers with rainy, cool winters with an average temperature of 67°F

    Places to Explore
    Sydney Opera House – iconic performing arts venue

  • Airport
    Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)

    Social Norms
    "G’Day!" is a common informal slang term to greet others

    What to Pack
    Comfy shoes, jeans, jacket, sandals

Frequently Asked Questions


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Besides Australia’s wonderful year-round weather, Sydney is a great place to study abroad for students looking for a multicultural city with convenient transportation and quality courses. Whether you want to study environmental health, complete an internship, or just experience life in Sydney, this city offers something for everyone.


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Life in Sydney, Australia is generally regarded as safe, lively, and beautiful. Sydney exposes students to diverse cultures, world-famous attractions, an outdoor lifestyle, spectacular beaches, and so much more.


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In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Sydney.
For more detailed information on diversity in Sydney, visit our Diversity in Sydney page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Sydney. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Sydney to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application

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Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status. 



Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Sydney, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences. 


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