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International opportunities

Gain credit towards your degree while studying abroad
Many of our students choose to study in another country as part of their degree. Take advantage of our global professional placements and short-term, semester and year-long exchanges.

When you study at Sydney, you’ll have opportunities to travel the world.

Our placement and exchange opportunities set you up for a global career as you develop skills and broaden your world perspective.

Our international engagement program includes partnerships with more than 250 universities in more than 40 countries including France, India, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

We encourage students to undertake an international experience as part of their studies and offer a range of scholarships to support this.

For semester and short-term program status, please visit the Covid-19 advice page. Dual degrees are available with online and campus options.

Semester and year-long exchange

A semester abroad is the perfect accompaniment to your degree. Our comprehensive study abroad and exchange program, which includes more than 250 universities to choose from, allows you to make study plans based on your personal and academic passions.

If you enrol in the International and Global Studies stream in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you’ll spend a semester abroad as part of your degree.  

Short-term options

If you cannot commit to a semester or year overseas, many of our degrees offer short-term international opportunities that run for two-to-four weeks. Check out the Global Mobility database for the latest programs and see some examples of our short-term opportunities below.

Undergraduate students from all faculties can travel overseas and learn a new language with our intensive in-country experience units as part of our Open Learning Environment (OLE) units.

Along with 6 credit points toward your degree, you’ll gain unique, first-hand experiences through a combination of formal language classes and cultural activities – including visits to museums, theatres, memorial sites – and enhance your cross-cultural skills.

To deepen your learning, language students majoring in Chinese Studies, Indonesian Studies and Modern Greek Studies can go on semester-long in-country study programs with partners like Peking University, Fudan University, Athens University and the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).

Students can experience India across three-to-six week programs of classes and field visits including development policy, history, and environmental management in modern India.

From Mumbai, Delhi to southern India, we offer exciting opportunities to learn from Sydney and Indian scholars, and civil society groups to work on issues of geo‐political, economic and environmental importance, contextualised within the rich tradition of Indian social sciences.

If you’re an Education or Teaching student, you can undertake a study abroad opportunity in countries like Spain, Austria, Sweden, Peru, Indonesia, and the United States of America. Over the course of three to six weeks, you’ll gain insights into different international education contexts by combining university-based learning with local school visits. 


We’ll take you out of the classroom and into a major world city like Rome, Paris or Berlin to explore the history of architecture and public spaces. Art History students also have opportunities to explore renowned galleries, collections and artworks of the city.

Gain excavation experience and credit towards your undergraduate Archaeology major by participating in a field school in Athens. During your time in Greece you’ll excavate at the ancient Athenian deme (town) site of Halai Aixonides and undertake workshops on finds from the site.

You can undertake overseas placements as part of many of our degrees.

For example, if you’re an undergraduate Media and Communications student you may have the opportunity to undertake an internship with an English-language newspaper in Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Many of our postgraduate degrees, including the Master of Development, Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, Master of Teaching (Secondary), Master of Teaching (Primary), and Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) also offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement overseas.

Dual degrees

Undergraduate degrees

International humanities and social sciences with Sciences Po, France

Two of the world’s leading institutions for the humanities and social sciences – the University of Sydney and Sciences Po in France – have come together to offer students a dual degree program, one of a kind in Australia. 

After completing the first two years of study in France, you will relocate to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney to continue your third and fourth year of studies in either the Bachelor of Arts (Dual Degree, Sciences Po, France) or the Bachelor of Economics (Dual Degree, Sciences Po, France).

Read more about studying dual degrees with us and our overseas partners. 

Postgraduate degree

Economics with Fudan University

Designed for those who wish to take advantage of growing business opportunities in China, economics students will graduate with two master’s degrees from two of the world’s top universities.

The two-year, English-taught pathway will provide students with advanced analytical and quantitative skills, and offer comprehensive knowledge of China in the fields of economics, finance, business and national policies.

The dual degree program can be completed full time over two years, with the first year in Sydney’s Master of Economics and the second year in Shanghai.

Maxine Williams

Student overseas
International and Global Studies student
I've undertaken a language exchange program at Peking University in Beijing, studied medieval Indian history in Mumbai and will spend six months in Indonesia for my compulsory exchange.
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Memphis Bourne Blue

Bachelor of Arts (Dual Degree, Sciences Po, France) student
Living in France has enabled me to meet people from a broad range of different cultures and backgrounds. This experience to learn and live in two very different environments is something I will always treasure.
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