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International opportunities

Gain credit towards your degree while studying abroad
Many of our students have the opportunity to study overseas as part of their degree. Take advantage of our short-term, semester-long and year-long international opportunities.

Students who undertake international opportunities help prepare themselves for a global career while gaining new skills and broadening their perspective on the world.

We currently have partnerships with more than 270 universities in 42 countries including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States - and this list is continually growing.


Semester and year-long exchange

A semester abroad is the perfect accompaniment to your degree. The University-wide study abroad and exchange programs, with more than 270 universities to choose from, lets you make a selection to suit your personal and academic passions.

Short-term overseas placement options

If you cannot commit to a semester or year overseas, some of our degrees offer short-term international opportunities that usually run for four to six weeks.

Health Sciences placements

FHS Abroad
  • FHS Abroad is a unique way to connect with the world and with your studies. It provides opportunities for health sciences students in undergraduate and graduate entry master’s programs to gain an international experience as part of their study program. 
  • As part of this 6 credit point unit of study, you will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka or Vietnam.

Learn more about FHS Abroad

Medicine placements

International placements for current Doctor of Medicine students
  • Current Doctor of Medicine (MD) students can apply for an international elective term through the Student Placements team.
  •  Opportunities may be available for students to develop their understanding global issues in Canada, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.
Placements for current international MD students
  • Current international students enrolled in the MD are able to apply for flexible study arrangements with Sydney Medical School. We recognise that experience in your home country is beneficial so we offer placements in your country of origin or for North American students, in Canada or the USA.
Overseas medicine students
  • International students from other univeristies can apply to complete part of a specialty block or a final year core block overseas, as well as their pre-internship term. 
  • Opportunities for placements are available through our network of clinical schools based around NSW.

Learn more about placements with our clinical schools

Nursing placements

Final year Master of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) students can apply for a four-week international exchange during November/December.

Exchanges are available with our partner universities:

Discover a world of opportunity

Alise Kha in Vietnam
Alise Kha, studied health sciences in Vietnam
"I provided educational support and helped enhance cognitive development of children at a disability centre in Vietnam. This trip enabled me to draw on my existing knowledge, expand my abilities and perform culturally appropriate practices. I strongly recommend international exchange, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore who you really are and broaden your global awareness."
Learn more about available placements in health sciences