Australia

Sydney, Australia

Summer in Sydney

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Overview

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Sydney is one of Southern Hemisphere’s main hubs for trade, finance, tech, and media production. Sydney is both the capital of Australia’s business and the launching point for exchange of goods, services, and ideas with the country’s Asian neighbors.

Unique Experiences

  • TAKE A WELL-EARNED BREAK

    at the magnificent, world-renowned Bondi Beach.

  • EXPLORE ABORIGINAL ART

    during a visit to the Royal National Park.

  • ENJOY A CONCERT

    at the stunning Sydney Opera House.

  • number of Sydney-siders, or residents in Sydney

    5 M+
  • parks and nature areas in Sydney

    400
  • of fish sold daily at The Sydney Fish Market- the largest in the Southern Hemisphere

    52 TONS

Location & Culture

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Sydney’s origins trace back to an area inhabited by Indigenous Australians for over 30,000 years, first visited by Europeans in the 1770’s and settled as a penal colony in 1788. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, multicultural city. Nearly half of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 36% were born overseas. Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live globally, and it is renowned for its social inclusion, diversity and tolerance, and healthy lifestyle.

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Excursions & Activities

Various activities may include:

  • Visit the Royal National Park and catch sight of kookaburras, lyre birds and echidnas.
  • Hike the spectacular Blue Mountains with experienced and informed guides ready to share the environmental and cultural history of the spectacular landscape.
  • Visit the Coolangatha Estate and learn about the site of the first European settlement on New South Wales’ coast, and its beginnings as a former convict village.

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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. Time permitting, you might:

  • Lend your hand in volunteer programs at parks and schools, and work with youths in after-school programs.
  • Work with local environmental groups to help maintain public parks and learn about cultural nuances in the process

Daily Life

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    Housing

    Students in Sydney will live across a variety of housing locations. Housing options are mostly twin rooms with some single and triple rooms. Students will share a kitchen and other facilities with others. Housing locations are all in convenient locations to shops, cafes, and public transport within the city area and are within a commute of around 30 minutes to classes in Ultimo, Sydney.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Sydney has a vibrant food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You’ll easily find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Where You'll Study

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    Sydney Opera House

    World-famous Sydney landmark

  • B

    Bondi Beach

    World-famous, beautiful beach

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    CIEE Global Institute

    Sydney, 616 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Academics

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Academics

Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and This program provides opportunities to enroll in courses from a variety of academic tracks, with a heavy leaning toward business and innovation. Students will learn the intercultural skills needed to succeed in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

All students take one CIEE course per session.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Sydney when classes are in session.

Class Format

Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. The class typically features a combination of traditional lecture, discussion, and co-curricular activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

“(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

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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Our Staff

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