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 1A 2020

  • Program Dates

    Dec 31, 2019 - Jun 01, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 15, 2019

  • Credit

    24 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

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, and even have the option of applying to complete an Internship course for credit. 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, linked below, for additional course options.

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.

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.

To find available courses at the University of Sydney:

1) Consult the University of Sydney course spreadsheet by clicking the 'Go To Course Search' button below.
2) Search through the spreadsheet using key words or phrases, or by looking through specific subject areas. Note that if you are completing the Spring 1A Program, you will need to select courses from both the 'Summer Session' and 'Semester 1'
3)You can view complete course information by clicking on the link located on the far right-hand side of the spreadsheet which directs you to course information on the University of Sydney Website.
4) Be sure that you meet any prerequisites associated with the course (similar coursework taken at your Home University will be considered), and that the course specifically states it is available to Study Abroad Students.

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Support & Funding

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, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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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 $6,700 - $8,000, without meals (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.



Byron Bay + Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our 4-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in beautiful Byron Bay. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Australian culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include: Surf Lessons, Aboriginal Culture in Australia Ceremony, a Community Farming Lesson, a Bush Tucker Walk and Food Experience, a Visit to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, a Kangaroo and Koala encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.

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.

Jervis Bay

Take time to get outside the city and explore the wonders of Australia's eastern coast. On this overnight excursions you will relax on pristine, white sand beaches, take a guided bush tour through Jervis Bay National park and if you're lucky be the first to spot a dolphin or whale out in the bay.

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.