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Explore: your options for overseas study

Choosing the right option for you

You can learn about the range of overseas programs available to you and their conditions using the mobility database.

You can search by location or institution name, and you can narrow your search results by ranking level of study, duration, language of instruction and subject areas. We recommend researching widely, and then creating a shortlist of partners that suit your degree based on your interest in a particular country or region, accommodation and lifestyle options or scholarships available.

Where to go

There are some general things you should think about when considering where you’d like to study overseas:

  • availability of suitable courses
  • the language of instruction
  • how much it will cost, and whether there are scholarships available for your preferred program
  • the availability of student support services such as Inclusion and Disability Services if this is something you require
  • the reputation or culture of the university
  • how your personal, academic and recreational interests fit with the lifestyle offered by that campus
  • academic study dates at the host university.

Academic calendars abroad

Most of our international partners have different academic calendars, so you’ll need to keep this in mind when researching programs and study options at those institutions. The hemisphere an institution is in for example, will effect what months are referred to as 'summer' and 'winter'. Information about your host university's academic calendar is available under ‘Academic information’ on each program’s page on the Global Mobility Database.

Other things to consider

Our exchange partners offer a wide range of study options that can be credited towards your degree.

It is essential you review your course requirements before you apply for exchange to ensure your proposed program can be credited towards your University of Sydney course. Your faculty will assess and approve your overseas study plan, including units of study, after you’ve applied and been nominated for exchange. It is important you preference universities in your application that offer units you can take.

  • When researching program options, compare the subjects available at your prospective host university with those you would otherwise complete here.
  • Explore the ‘Academic Information’ tab under each program in the Database and check the online handbooks or course/unit of study catalogues available on partner university websites.

To choose your short-term program, you should review the programs available in both the Summer (December to February) and Winter (July - August) break.

To choose your short-term program, you should review the programs available in both the Summer (December to February) and Winter (July - August) break. From 2019, the Winter break has been extended to six weeks to allow you more time to undertake a short-term mobility program.

If you would like to study for a semester or year at an institution that is not currently partnered with the University of Sydney, please contact Sydney Abroad with details of the institution and/or program and your reasons for wanting to participate. A Sydney Abroad adviser will contact you to discuss your options.

For more information on study abroad and the process for applying, contact

Mobility Sydney Global

  • Level 4 Jane Foss Russell Building G02
Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 18 October 2022

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