It’ll be hard to sit still while you’re studying abroad in Sydney this summer! This program makes sure you won’t have to—with engaging courses, field study opportunities, and organized cultural events, you won’t have a dull moment. Fulfill a graduation requirement or try out something new, whichever you choose, you’ll learn more about Australia, and yourself, than you ever could at home. In addition to your courses, you'll take a four-day field study trip to Central Australia (Uluru and Alice Springs), which is included in your program fee.

We want you to feel at home in Sydney, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Beyond the classroom, we offer a variety of cultural opportunities to help you get to know the local culture. Welcome to study abroad!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Sydney
  • City: Sydney
  • Country: Australia
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

June 7 - July 19

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. You enroll in the following two courses and earn a total of 6 credits.

CU/HS 255 - Australian Politics, Society, and Identity: 1788 - Present

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the history, society, and culture of Australia, and aims to answer what it means to be Australian. Gain an appreciation of this land and its people, and a new perspective on the United States as well.

IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice

This course provides classroom-based and experiential learning in leadership studies and prepares students to assume leadership roles in global organizations. Using leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as its context, this course explores such topics as intercultural communication, workplace diversity, and business ethics.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.

Apartments - Live in a two-bedroom apartment in a multi-unit apartment building. You will share your two-bedroom apartment with 3 IES Abroad roommates, sharing one of the two bedrooms with one of those roommates. Meals are not included/provided but there is a kitchen in the apartment in which to prepare meals.

Student Life


Orientation is two days and includes a welcome dinner, activities around Sydney, and sessions on academic and safety information. It is followed by a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Sydney through our cultural activities, such as:

  • A Bondi-to-Coogee beach walk
  • A tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • A surf lesson

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Students must be eligible for either eVisitor (subclass 651) visa or Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601).

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A visitor visa is required to enter Australia. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,725
  • Housing: $1,995
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,855

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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