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Top tips from the Sydney Abroad Fair

27 October 2021
Study abroad and exchange FAQs
From global destinations to current applications, the Sydney Abroad Fair explored it all. But don't worry if you missed it or just want a refresher, we've summarised all the top tips and Q&As.

When can I actually study overseas?

We are eagerly anticipating the return of normal international travel and working across the University to ensure we’re able to support in-person global programs for students in a safe and equitable way. At this time however, in-person global programs remain suspended up to and including Semester 1, 2022.

When borders safely reopen, the University will be able to ascertain, in consultation with the Australian government, our overseas partners and program providers, when we’ll be able to resume in-person global experiences. We are currently offering a range of virtual programs, both short-term and semester, as well as in-country learning for our international students who remain offshore.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility can vary depending on the global experience you are looking to pursue (e.g. semester/short-term programs). Generally speaking, you need a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 50 and and at least 24 credit points completed by the time you appl. All the relevant eligibility requirements can be found on the Student Website. You will also need to meet any additional host country or institution requirements about language or WAM.

Units and subjects overseas

The units you complete will vary depending on your degree and the global program you wish to undertake. If you undertake a short-term program (usually 2-6 weeks over the summer/winter breaks), you can decide whether or not to receive credit. Generally speaking, the longer your program, the more credits you may be able to earn towards your degree. 

Throughout the semester exchange process, Sydney Abroad and Faculty Services Mobility work together to provide guidance around which units you will need to undertake before, during, and after your global experience. Contact your academic adviser to find out how you can fit a global experience into your degree. 

How much does it all cost?

The cost of a global experience is impacted by your destination, cost of living, accomodation preferences, extra travel, flights and more. When it comes to the cost of study, this differs depending on whether you undertake an exchange or non-exchange program. As an exchange student (on a short-term, semester, or even year-long basis), you'll remain enrolled and continue to pay tuition and SSAF fees to the University of Sydney for the duration of your program.

For non-exchange programs - which typically short-term - you enroll and pay tuition fees directly to the partner institution or program provider. There are many Sydney Abroad scholarships and Faculty-specific scholarships available. If you hold a commonwealth supported place within your course, you may be eligible for an OS-HELP loan.

I can only speak English

Proficiency in a language other than English is not always required. In fact, it really depends on whether or not you wish to complete units in a different language. Most of our partner institutions and programs offer courses in English, so language proficiency is not always a requirement unless you're seeking it out. To study in another language, you will have to provide evidence of proficiency which will be required when you apply.