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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Kinesiology, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:
City view of Sydney

Program Overview     

Sydney is Australia's largest city and is located on the Eastern Coast. Enjoy the mild weather while taking in Australia's iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanical Gardens - all located right in your backyard! - while taking classes at the University of Sydney. 

This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, engineering, classics, English, Asian studies, archaeology, history, economics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, and marine studies. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog or view the courses from the IES website
You will take regular courses with local students at the University of Sydney. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You will take 16-19 credits on this program (per IES requirements); this will be roughly a full-time load at the host institution. An internship option for credit is also available.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad.

To find more information about specific courses at the University of Sydney, use the on-site course catalog or view the courses from the IES website. 

Academic Terms in the United States and Australia

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester
Bondi Beach in Sydney

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Sydney Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 



Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

You will  be housed at the Sydney University Village Apartments where you can choose a single room either in a five-bedroom apartment with full kitchen facilities or in a studio apartment with an en-suite bathroom and your own refridgerator. You will be responsible for providing your own meals. The Sydney University Village Apartments are located very close to campus.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, 
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federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Final acceptance decisions for this program must be made by the host institution/program director rather than by Penn State. As such, students should expect to be notified of final acceptance later than students who have applied for other programs. 

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 02/22/2018 07/01/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 07/19/2018 11/25/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed