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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. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

The Sydney Abroad team at the University of Sydney have selected Queen Mary as one of their partners to award a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship for exchanges to Sydney during the 2024/25 academic year. This one full-time equivalent scholarship (one full-year exchange student or two semester-only exchange students) will provide said student(s) from an underrepresented demographic with generous financial support in the form of an on-campus accommodation fee waiver at the University of Sydney - further details about the scholarship are available at the above link (see section for Selected Partners).

Selection will be made during the allocation process by the Global Opportunities team, in consultation with internal stakeholders. As each of Sydney's recipient partners has been instructed to base selection according to their own 'underrepresented demographic' criteria, Queen Mary will base selection both on the score of the student's application and our established priority group system; please consult further details of the defined priority groups in the top section of our Turing Scheme funding page.

Only students who are eligible* to complete an exchange at the University of Sydney and who would fall into priority groups (1)-(5) will be considered for this scholarship (and only those students who are interested should select this destination option in the Student Exchange Programme application process). Full application instructions (including mandatory survey) can be found on our QMplus resource page (see "Prepare and apply for an exchange" tab, then the section "Apply via Mobility-Online"). Any questions should be sent to well in advance of the application deadline.

(*) Consult the filterable table available on the Destinations beyond Europe page, beneath our Where can I go? page.

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.

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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.

Scholarship opportunity: Please consult the Overview tab of this page for information about the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship, providing generous funding towards accommodation for the successful participant(s) from an underrepresented demographic going on exchange to Sydney.

Cost of Living

The University of Sydney provides information on the cost of living as a student here. You can find more general, up-to-date information about the cost of living in Sydney here.

Living expenses can vary depending on individual lifestyle, especially in Sydney where renting private accommodation can be as (if not more) expensive than renting privately in London. Please consult the estimated minimum and maximum cost of living figures for this destination country available in our “Estimated Costs of Living” document available on our Finance page.  

Important: Students considering to live and study in Sydney must be realistic about financial matters, this being one of the most expensive cities in the world. In the decision-making process, Queen Mary students must calculate their forecasted budget with confirmed funding to which they will have access against the rising cost of living. 

Support Services

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

As a current Queen Mary student you will be able to find a summary sheet for this partner university on our QMplus page, with an overview of the local student support services available on the following topics: specific learning differences, physical impairments, sensory impairments, long term medical conditions, autism spectrum conditions, mental health and wellbeing difficulties, special accommodation provision, non-emergency health care, emergency services, harassment and trauma and suicide prevention. 

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]

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