Spend your summer studying for your choice of three or six weeks at the prestigious University of Sydney. Ranked as one of the top universities in the world by both the QS World University Ranking 2020 and Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, the University of Sydney’s gorgeous campus in the heart of the city provides the perfect base from which to experience a summer Down Under, complete with a variety of course options, included housing in student apartments, organized cultural activities, and more.


Study at one of Australia’s top three universities that’s ranked in the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Ranking 2020)

Choose between 1 or 2 courses over 4-weeks to best fit your summer schedule and budget

Live in Sydney, the country’s largest and oldest city, which is a hit with students complete with its magnificent coastline and ideal climate

Get to know your new home quickly through an included orientation, cultural events, or joining the university’s Mates Abroad mentoring program to get paired up with a local student

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Sydney Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details


Your included two-day orientation in Sydney is designed to set you up for a successful summer by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having a fun journey in the process. Learn about your host university, go a walking tour of the city, take in the stunning coastline views between Bondi and Coogee, and more.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


Students attending the University of Sydney live in student apartments located a 10-minute walk from campus. Each apartment has four shared bedrooms fitting eight people total.

Events & Excursions

Our local staff arrange various activities during the program designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your summer program. If you have a specific interest or hobby, your Sydney-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each summer.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, University of Sydney also offers a varied social program throughout your stay, including welcome and departure events, a harbor cruise, and Breakfast with Koalas.

Learn to Surf

Being an island nation with beautiful beaches, and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach and surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers. We introduce you to this sport with a surfing lesson.

Blue Mountains Excursion

Head out on a day trip to the magnificent Blue Mountains, just west of the city, with a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet iconic Australian fauna, including the famous kangaroos and koalas.


About The University of Sydney

  • Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is consistently ranked in the top three universities in Australia, and in the top 50 universities in the world.
  • The university has 21 subjects areas ranked in the top 40 universities in the world with liberal arts and humanities, life sciences, social sciences and management ranked in the top 25 globally. The Business School is AACSB accredited. (QS World University subject rankings)
  • The high rankings don’t just extend to the academics and the university campus is often considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The spacious campus boasts beautiful sandstone buildings on grassy courtyards, combined with modern architecture. With its combination of sandstone colonial buildings and modern architecture adjacent to leafy Victoria Park, the University of Sydney offers one of the most vibrant and historic settings available to students.
  • The University of Sydney’s campus is located on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District. The university is surrounded by many unique inner-city neighborhoods known for their ”offbeat” artistic culture and café scene.
  • The university has produced six Australian prime ministers, two Nobel laureates, 3 astronauts, 110 Rhodes scholars and a collection of internationally renowned authors, academics, artists, cultural leaders, world business leaders and public figures.
  • With an enrollment of more than 70,000 including more than 15,000 international students from more than 145 countries, the University of Sydney provides a bustling and multicultural experience.


The University of Sydney is a traditional campus, located on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Students can take 1 or 2 classes over 4 weeks. One class equals 6 University of Sydney credits, which typically transfers as 3-4 U.S. credits.

Arts and Social Sciences

EDUG1003: Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport
EDUH4058: Sport and Learning in Australian Culture
EDUH4052: Learning in Outdoor Education
GCST1602: Introduction to Gender Studies
GCST2612: Youth and Youth Culture
GCST2607: Bodies, Sexualities, Identities
HSTY1089: Introduction to Australian History
INDG1001: Introduction to Indigenous Culture
PHIL1012: Introductory Logic 


IBUS1102: Cross-Cultural Management 
MKTG1001: Marketing Principles 
WORK3205: Organisational Communication 


SCIE1001: Sydney Science 2050: Towards the Future 
SRSU3101: The Social Brain: Learning and Wellbeing 



  • 2.8 GPA
  • Gap year and first year university students are eligible to participate, but must meet the following minimum requirements: Minimum ACT score of 23 (or 22, if student scored a 4 or 5 on an AP exam) or Minimum SAT score of 1540 (or 1520, if student scored a 4 or 5 on an AP exam). All students must be 18 on or before the program start date.

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Application Deadline

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer applications. Earlier applications will be accepted. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Summer Deadlines March 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Summer Payment Deadline March 15

Summer 2023

Session A

Date of Departure May 24
Arrival Date May 26
TEAN Orientation End Date May 29
University Orientation May 30
Classes/Internships Begin May 31
Classes/Internships End July – depending on internship placement
Exams End July 12
Program Ends July 13

Session B

Date of Departure June 14
Arrival Date June 16
TEAN Orientation End Date June 19
University Orientation June 20
Classes/Internships Begin June 21
Classes/Internships End August – depending on internship placement
Exams End Aug 21
Program Ends Aug 22

Summer 2023 Fees

  • Tuition and program fees for 1 course in May or June intake: TBD
  • Housing for May or June intake: TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (1 course)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Two-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the program
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Visa ($20 AUD)
  • Meals (approx. $150-200 per week)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Sydney

Laura Carroll

Resident Director - Sydney & Wollongong

Sydney Tip
Cockatoo Island

Take the ferry to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. It has an interesting history, and you can get some great views of the city. They sometimes host special events here, such as art exhibitions, but you can just go anytime if you want to wander around and explore.


What do you do for TEAN and what is the best part of your job?
I am the New South Wales Resident Director working with students who study in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The best part of my job is watching students grow throughout their study abroad experience!

What should be on every student’s bucket list for a semester in Australia?
There are so many things to pick from!! My absolute favorite thing I have done in Australia was go to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There are no cars on the island, so you rent bikes and ride around beach hopping. There are amazing snorkeling spots, great beaches to lay out and the quokkas are the absolute cutest!

What are some must-do activities for every Sydney study abroad student?
Everyone should do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. If you do that and love it, then check out the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk. It’s a bit longer but so beautiful! You can also take the ferry to Manly Beach then, once you get to Manly Beach, walk up to Shelly Beach and go snorkeling. I also recommend heading to Newtown for some of the best vegan food around as well as great shopping and nightlife, wandering through Sydney’s amazing markets, like theGlebe and Marrickville markets, and seeing if there are any shows or concerts you’re interested in while you’re in Sydney – there are some really cool old theaters here!

Besides Sydney, what are some of your favorite places in Asia Pacific?
I loved Thailand for its culture – the people were so lovely, the food was amazing and seeing elephants is hard to beat! Of course, the beaches are gorgeous and I loved all the fun shopping too. I would highly recommend visiting Thailand while students are living in Australia. It’s very affordable and it’s so close!

What is the best meal (or food) you’ve had while traveling abroad?
When I was in Bali, I tried this jackfruit curry dish in Ubud. It was unbelievably delicious and the texture was amazing. This introduced me to cooking with jackfruit, which is now a weekly staple at my house. All the food in Bali was so fresh. I loved how you could buy tempe and tofu wrapped in banana leaves on the side of the road!

Leslie Johnson

Program Manager

Leslie’s first experience living overseas was interning with a film company in London as part of her study abroad program. She decided to continue her international adventure by living in New Zealand for a year after college and then teaching English in Japan. She has her Masters in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and worked at University of Florida’s study abroad office before moving back to the Midwest. Now with TEAN in Chicago, she loves being able to help send students to Australia…a country that holds a special place in her heart as her grandmother is from Tasmania!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


What makes TEAN unique in your opinion?
All of the staff are so passionate about their work and everyone has either traveled, lived, worked or studied in our locations, so everyone brings so much personal experience and knowledge to the table.

What is the best part of your job?
I’ve always enjoyed working with students! A lot of the students I work with are much more confident and resourceful than I was in college. Studying abroad made a huge impact on my life and I love having the opportunity to help students make their dreams realities. It’s also wonderful to hear from students when they return!

What should be on the bucket list for those traveling to New Zealand?
I love adventure activities, so I was super excited to try skydiving, bungee jumping and zorbing (you roll down a hill in a big hamster ball!). I understand that it might not be for everyone, but hiking around the area alone is still an amazing experience. Everywhere you go is beautiful!

What is your advice to those nervous to travel abroad?
I had never been out of the country before I studied abroad, so I was definitely very nervous before going. I was also much more reserved and shy than I am now. I made it a goal to talk to a new person or try a new thing everyday and that slowly helped push me out of my comfort zone and helped me become a more confident person.

If you could participate in any one of TEAN’s programs tomorrow, where would you go?
I’ve still never been to Thailand and I think our Tourism, Ethnic Identity and Heritage in Thailand program sounds like a really interesting topic, so that’s where I’d go!

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