Early Return - Business, STEM, Liberal Arts, Health & Social Sciences

University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Early Return - Business, STEM, Liberal Arts, Health & Social Sciences

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Sydney

    Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia’s 1st University and its focus on academic excellence and innovative technology have earned it a place in the prestigious Group of 8 as well as AACSB, EQUIS and WA accreditation. USYD is located in Sydney’s inner suburb of Camperdown - just a couple of miles from the Central Business District and short distance from Sydney Harbor. You will be able to take courses from a wide range of disciplines alongside local and international students taught by members of the distinguished University of Sydney faculty. The University of Sydney has an active and dynamic student life including over 150 organizations and societies and numerous sports clubs.

    Cricos Code: 00026A

  • Term

    Spring 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Early Feb, 2022 - Early Jun, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 15, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 31, 2021

  • Credit

    18 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.

This tailored program at the University of Sydney (USYD) aligns perfectly with the U.S. academic calendar, allowing you explore the heart of Sydney while broadening your academic horizons at the University of Sydney. At USYD you will enroll in 4 academic subjects during your semester abroad. You will be sure to have endless opportunities to explore Sydney’s bustling downtown and stunning Sydney Harbour during your semester abroad at the University of Sydney.

Courses offered at the University of Sydney are taught by university professors alongside local Australian and International students at the Camperdown and Moore Park Precinct campuses.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Host University Units


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the university offers. Please see the full University of Sydney Course Catalog for this program, linked below, for additional course options.
Please Note: Course offerings for the 2021 program will be updated in early Fall 2020

Per the University of Sydney's recommendation, 6 credit points = 4 U.S. semester credits (6 U.S. quarter credits). The transcript from the University of Sydney will reflect Sydney credit points for each course. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Please note this program is 3 courses, which is considered full time status at USYD; however, your U.S. university will determine whether this meets full time student status as your U.S. university defines it. 

GAP Year and First Year
Students participating in the GAP Year and First Year programs at the University of Sydney will have limited course options (approx 150 to choose from). Please contact your Site Specialist for the full list of course options.

ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the University of Sydney unit (course) codes. All USyd unit codes consist of four letters detailing the area of study of the unit (such as ACCT for Accounting) and four numbers. 1000 level units are introductory or lower division units equivalent to U.S. Freshman or Sophomore level courses. 2000 level units are Intermediate level units, and 3000 level units are Senior level units. Unit codes beginning with 2 or 3 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.


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University of Sydney
Arts, Humanities & Education
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
Contemporary & Applied Arts
6 Credit Points
6 Host University Units
International Relations & Politics, Government & History
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
Marketing & Media Studies
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
Psychology, Philosophy & Sociology
6 Credit Points
Economics and Business
Business Studies & Economics
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points
Misc. School
6 Credit Points
Music (Conservatorium of Music)*
6 Credit Points
Natural, Life & Applied Sciences
6 Credit Points
6 Credit Points

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Crystal Giedt

Program Manager, Australia


Ignacio "Nacho" Rubio Perez

Resident Director, Australia

Dharma Bendersky

Director of Operations, Australia

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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Living in ISA Sydney housing will give you the opportunity to interact and engage with local Australian and International Students alike and experience aspects of the Australian lifestyle that are often overlooked by visitors. All ISA Housing options are within walking distance to your university or are conveniently located close to public transit routes. While there are differences between accommodation in Australia and the U.S., with an open mind and a drive for exploration, you’ll soon discover that the experience of living in another culture can be both educational and rewarding.

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in Australia at an additional cost. Costs vary according to accommodation selected and session, but ranges from $7,490 - $9,850, without meals (estimated and subject to Change). We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Apartment Without Meals

Students studying at the University of Sydney or the University of Technology Sydney have the option to stay near downtown Sydney in modern student apartments. Students have the option to preference placement in single rooms within a 5 - 6 bedroom apartment, with a private en-suite bathroom, or in a twin-share room within a 4 bedroom apartment, also with a shared bathroom. Students will be living with other ISA and/or other local and international students during their program. Housing fees include rent, utilities, 15 GB of internet, as well as a basic kitchen pack and a linen pack. Meal plans are not available at this accommodation, but coin operated laundry facilities are available on-site. With their housing fee, students will have access to all social areas of the apartment building and an organized social program which provides events and outings for students on weekends as well as during the week

Independent Housing

Students may opt to secure housing independent of the ISA program. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to your independent housing agency. Please be sure to confirm that you have Home University approval to pursue Independent Housing during your ISA Program.



Cairns + Bridging Cultures Program

From scuba diving to chilling with koalas, ISA’s exclusive Orientation Excursion is one exciting and educational introduction to the land down under. Taking place in the northern city of Cairns, famous for its tropical atmosphere and access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful experience abroad by acquainting you with the local culture, allowing time to get to know your soon-to-be-friends and having a memorable journey in the process. Our in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities – including snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the ancient Daintree Rainforest – planned for the week, all you have to do is show up ready for an adventure!

Blue Mountain National Park

Trek to Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains National park via chartered coach along with your fellow ISA students for a day full of discovery. During this day trip you will learn about indigenous culture on a guided bushwalk, capture picture-perfect views of the park’s expansive forests, and marvel at the iconic Three Sisters Rock formation.

Cultural Activities in Sydney

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Sydney. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Sydney special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a classic Aussie BBQ, attending an AFL Football game, attending a local beach clean up, iconic Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, and museum visits.