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About the Program
Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university and has an international reputation for outstanding teaching, as a center of research excellence and as an active and engaged community leader. The courses available represent this same mix of traditional and modern. The university’s forward-thinking faculty and staff has worked to create such necessary research centers as the Center for Carbon, Water and Food, addressing the regions food security and environmental challenges, and the National Center for Cultural Competence, which integrates cultural competence through innovative learning, teaching, research and engagement.
Tulane students who study abroad in the direct enrollment program at the University of Sydney will take their courses alongside local, degree-seeking students, having access to these timely subjects while gaining an insider’s perspective on life in Australia. As one returned student said, doing a direct enrollment program meant greater access to Australian students and faculty. Class was “an amazing way to make connections with students from all around the world. I was the only American in all four of my classes abroad, and it allowed me to make relations with people – including my professors – I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.”
With its magnificent harbor, ocean side beaches, modern skyscrapers, and multi-cultural population, Sydney is a vibrant city of more than 4 million people. Much of the life of the city is centered on the water. Sydney Harbour serves as a main transportation artery for ferries and a recreation venue with sail boats and pleasure craft. Sydney was Australia's first settlement. As Australia’s first immigrant city it's not hard to find Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Greek, and Lebanese neighborhoods, just to name a few of the diverse cultures which make up Australia today.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Prior coursework in the intended field of study at the University of Sydney
Fields of Study
As a leading research university, the University of Sydney offers a wide variety of courses within the fields of Liberal Arts and the Sciences. Tulane students can browse the programs of study at University of Sydney at this link. Students are able to study in the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Communication, Cultural Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, Engineering and Technology, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Natural and Physical Sciences, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Studies.
Students studying at the University of Sydney are unable to take courses in fields for which there is no undergraduate counterpart at Tulane or in the following departments: Education, Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Physical Education, Social Work, Culinary Arts or Computer Applications.
On this Direct Enrollment program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by University of Sydney faculty. U.S. study abroad students may find that they spend less time inside the classroom and more time doing directed reading outside of class while in Australia than they would at Tulane. Courses may be comprised of a lecture session and a smaller tutorial class, in which students will be expected to participate in active discussion.
“The academic culture of the university is different than Tulane. A class is split into two parts: the lecture and the tutorial. Lectures contain every student enrolled in the course, and most of the time, attendance was not required. The second part of the class is a tutorial. The tutorials felt more like Tulane in regards to the small class size and the expectation to attend every class. This style of learning is typical to Australia, but I never heard of it done like this before. This style allows the student to learn the material in lecture, and then go over the material the same week with a tutor. The tutorials were very interactive and allowed for a chance to discuss the material at a more in-depth level.”
Tulane students take a full course load (minimum of 24 units), usually four to five courses, including one course with Australian content.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at University of Sydney, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. The university has over 200 clubs and societies, run with the support of the University of Sydney union. Just like at Tulane, the organizations may be related to academics, hobbies, politics, social life and many other subjects. Students will be introduced to these opportunities at the Welcome to Sydney orientation program. The University of Sydney also facilitates Australian insurance for its students. This insurance is required for visa purposes and will be billed by Tulane at the beginning of the semester.
Participating in a residential college at USyd is another way to integrate into life at the university.
Overall, the program at University of Sydney allows Tulane students to become completely immersed in Australian culture, while also connecting with other international students. As one returned Tulane student remarked, “I made life-long friends from all around the world. This included most European countries, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America. They each brought a different attitude and personality that I learned from. The world became a lot smaller.”
All international students at the University of Sydney are able to use the Accommodation Service to find accommodation. Additional assistance is offered to international students commencing their studies through the International Student Support Unit (ISSU) Housing Office. In addition to dorm-style apartments, students have the opportunity to live in Residential Colleges. These colleges provide an opportunity to develop social networks through meals, sport and academic programming. Rich in heritage and tradition, each college offers a supportive living experience that will help you excel in your studies while also enjoying a busy social calendar.
Students attending the University of Sydney also have the opportunity of living in off-campus accommodation in single or shared self-catered apartments. Students will live within great communities with other international students, as well as locals. The location is convenient to transport, a short walk to University facilities and is within walking distance to shopping, cafés and more.
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2018 Study Abroad and Exchange Guide.pdf
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