Sydney, Australia

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 19 – Nov 20, 2021 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 14 - 18 semester hours / 21 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Immerse yourself in Sydney's bustling university life at CIEE's top-ranked partner school, The University of New South Wales (UNSW). From arts and humanities to social and historical sciences, you'll find challenging coursework across academic disciplines to advance your degree. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Catch a performance

    at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

  • Enjoy

    the great Australian outdoors.

  • Study

    with peers from all over Australia and the world.

  • number of Sydney-siders, or residents in Sydney

  • hectares of parks and nature areas in Sydney

  • amount of fish sold daily at the Sydney Fish Market- the largest in the Southern Hemisphere

    52 tons

Location & Culture

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Sydney is one of Southern Hemisphere’s main hubs for trade, finance, tech, and media production. It's both the capital of Australia’s business and the launching point for exchange of goods, services, and ideas with the country’s Asian neighbors. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan city consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in globally because of its social inclusion, diversity, tolerance, and healthy lifestyle.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  • Hike the spectacular Blue Mountains with experienced and informed guides ready to share the environmental and cultural history of the landscape.
  • Explore Darling Harbour National Park by water and take a walking tour around the Rocks - a neighborhood of historic laneways in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Learn about indigenous bush tucker and get a firsthand account of the nation’s history.
  • Discover the pristine waters of Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park while swimming with local sea life.
  • Take a guided tour through Tomaree National Park and discover its historical significance while interacting with Australian wildlife.

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

The Global Institute - Sydney seeks to foster an urban community of learners that is respectful of its surroundings and proactively engages with individuals, community groups, and institutions. Orientation will include an introduction to the community resources and opportunities to give back. Students can volunteer their time working with local environmental groups to help maintain public parks, or with youths in after-school programs.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students live in a housing complex in one of many great locations throughout Sydney. Housing options include a mix of shared rooms, with some single and triple rooms, in apartment and dormitory style accommodations. Students share a kitchen and other facilities. Housing locations are accessible to shops, cafes and public transport within the city area.

  • Meals

    Meals are not provided. Housing options will have shared kitchen facilities. Sydney has a vibrant fusion food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You will find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Where You'll Study

  • A

    University of New South Wales campus

    Multidisciplinary higher education institution with 8 faculties, set on a modern 90-acre campus.

  • B

    Sydney Opera House

    Landmark, skyline-dominating arts centre for opera, theatre, music and dance, plus guided tours.

  • C

    CIEE Global Institute - Sydney

    616 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007


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The University of New South Wales (UNSW), established in 1949, is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities. Its main campus is located in the Kensington suburb of Sydney, which places it between world famous beaches and the multicultural bustling international city center. The university is comprised of nine faculties through which it offers bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees across a diverse range of study fields. UNSW prides itself on combining world leading academics with modern facilities, quality education standards and a diverse community. 

CIEE students enroll in UNSW undergraduate courses offered during its tailored term: one course over the first four weeks, followed by three courses over the next 13 weeks. Students also have the opportunity to add the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership elective course.

The CIEE Global Institute - Sydney is located in the suburb of Ultimo, right in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District and minutes away from cafes and shops in the iconic Darling Harbour.  



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at a college/university with at least one completed, full-time semester on their official transcript at the time of application.

Program Requirements

All students will enroll in the UNSW Tailored Term, which requires exactly four total UNSW courses (6 units of credit/3.5 U.S. credits each), for 14 U.S. semester credits.  Students can opt to add on the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course for an additional 3 U.S. credits.

Program Credit

Total credit: 14-18 U.S. semester/21–27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • UNSW courses: 3.5 U.S. semester credits; notional hours vary
  • CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Academic Culture

Australian universities typically require students to take responsibility for learning and encourage self-motivation and self-discipline. Contact hours may seem low, but students are expected to do significant directed reading on their own. UNSW expects that a student will dedicate 25 hours of self-directed learning across the term for each UNSW unit of credit they take (each UNSW course is 6 units of credit). The CIEE course is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation.

Class Format

Students are eligible to enroll in any UNSW course for which they are qualified, except for courses held at the UNSW Canberra campus, and some medicine and MBA courses. A typical course consists of two hours of lectures and one to two hours of tutorials per week, with additional lab work in the sciences. Many science classes also involve fieldwork. Students also have the option of adding a CIEE elective course, where instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


Assessment at UNSW is typically based on essays, project reports, a midterm, tutorial/seminar participation and performance, and practical and final exams. UNSW uses a five-point grading system: High Distinction (HD); Distinction (DN); Credit (CR); Pass (PS); and Fail (FL) which CIEE converts to recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents. The CIEE course is graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. The U.S. grading scale of A – F is used.

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Course Information

The UNSW Tailored Term is designed as follows: students take one intensive university course over the first four weeks, followed by three university courses over the next 13 weeks. Students also have the option to take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership elective course during this time, but it cannot substitute a UNSW course.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Flight Voucher

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2021 19 weeks Oct 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 May 15, 2021
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Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $350 ††

Personal expenses = $3,000

Total Estimated Costs = $8,550

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Required for students attending a full semester

Fall 2021 18 weeks May 1, 2021 Jul 19, 2021* Nov 20, 2021*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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