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Global Opportunities

University of Sydney

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Sydney. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Sydney!


The University of Sydney is:

  • 2nd in Australia and 41 in the World for 2021 university rankings.
  • Number 1 for student experience in Australia

The University of Sydney is unique among Australia's leading universities in the breadth of disciplines they offer. They are consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world and are known internationally as leaders in education, research, student experience and graduate employability.


Set around the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is home to beautiful golden beaches, world-class museums and art galleries, delicious fresh food, and a calendar of exciting events and festivals. You'll never run out of things to do in Sydney.

Its campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and the American The Huffington Post. Take a virtual tour of the University of Sydney’s campus.

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

The academic year runs from the end of February to December and is divided into two semesters, each with a mid-semester break:

  • Semester 1: late February to June
  • Semester 2: late August to December

For more information, visit the University of Sydney's academic calendar.


Browse the course finder to choose your units of study (subjects). You need to check that you meet any requirements, including prerequisites.


Students need to take 4 modules per semester totalling 24 credits per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


There are a number of accommodation options as part of the University of Sydney's guaranteed offer to study abroad and exchange students, including:

  • University residences
  • residential colleges
  • independently-run student housing

The University of Sydney's accommodation website can offer guidance on student accommodation.

Cost of Living

Weekly estimate (AUD)

  • Accommodation: $345-725
  • Food and groceries: $80-280
  • Public transport: $15-55
  • Mobile phone: $10-15
  • Entertainment: $80-150
  • Weekly total: $530-1230

Find out more about the cost of living in Sydney.

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit the Disability support page.

Campus Life

The University of Sydney is ranked the Best Student Experience in Australia, boasting more than 200 student clubs and societies, 43 sports clubs, 4 live performance spaces, 2 fitness centres, 12 cafés, and 8 bars on campus.

There are a number of programs and extracurricular opportunities to help you settle into life and make friends at the University of Sydney.

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 Your guide to study abroad at the University of Sydney [PDF 5,201KB]