IES Abroad Sydney Direct Enrollment

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Our study abroad program in Sydney offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the prestigious Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, or University of Sydney with access to a vast array of course offerings across hundreds of disciplines.

Sydney will also be your classroom. Enjoy the city’s robust music scene with a performance at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Visit one of the many museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see some of the country’s great works of art. Soak in the beauty of Sydney’s landscape by walking the path from Coogee to Bondi Beach—or better yet, climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Welcome to study abroad!

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based on 35 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Steven
10/10

A second home

I titled this a second home for a reason. Not only have I been missing Sydney since being home but I am physically home sick for it. Leaving to go abroad, I had the highest of high expectations and this trip still exceeded them. I never expected to be part of such an amazing opportunity in my life.

The Friends I made:
I didn't know anyone when I left for this trip but that didn't last long. The friends come so quickly; whether it's locals because you the interesting foreigner or because its other travels looking to get to know people just like you are. The friends you make on this trips quickly become your friends for life.

The things I saw:
The Sydney Opera House is the kind of site that's on everyones bucket list but imagine it becoming your backyard. If you're even slightly willing to do some exploring the miraculous things you'll encounter will blow you away. Sydney has awesome public transportation so almost everything is a bus ride or two away. The best of the best however are their sunsets. They are so unbelievable that sunsets will be forever ruin thereafter.

The experiences I had:
I went bungee jumping.... off a roof ......on a bike..... Australia's amazing. (This was on my own time of course.) They have ultimate thrills all over but that's just who I am. If you like the beach hop on the bus anytime you please. Australia only has over 10,000 to choose from. Coffee shops around every corner, hidden underground bars and endless boat cruises are waiting over there for you.

This trip was the best experience of my life by a lot. If you read this and decide to go, I'm sure you'll be dying to thank me after!

How can this program be improved?
Easier communication with home advisors
Yes, I recommend this program
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Victoria
10/10

Another semester please?

Growing up, I was able to travel with family and it sparked a wanderlust that blossomed into the best decision I ever made - to spend 5 months on my own in Australia. I ended up choosing IES because of their program at the University of Sydney, their mid semester trip, and the housing arrangements. The staff both at the US center and at the one in Sydney were very easy to communicate with and helped me along every step of the way. While in the city, I felt extremely safe knowing that I could easily contact the program directors if an emergency came up. Sydney has everything to offer - great food, arts, sport, scenery, coffee, activities... Getting to explore this incredible city never got dull, and it really did become a second home to me. I cannot wait to go back there some day soon.

How can this program be improved?
It was a little spendy, but overall worth it for the safety and ease of transition and living.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

Becoming a Time Traveler

"Oh my gosh! You're in the future!" That was the best comment I heard from friends and family back home. While studying in Australia, most of the time you are a day ahead of everyone in the States. This doesn't seem like a big deal to you, but everyone else can't seem to get over it. Other things that will be second nature after a semester in Sydney-- shortening all your words, the rules of rugby (and the difference between League and Union), and the deliciousness of meat pies and gelato. But before you have the chance to learn all this, you must first get accepted to a uni, apply for a visa, arrive, and then adjust. I had no fear though because IES Abroad Sydney was with me the whole way! From the beginning they sent step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a visa, select my classes, choose a housing option, and so much more. If I did happen to have a question there were previous participants I could contact and also an advisor. Everyone was quick to answer their emails. Once I arrived, the program had a transition orientation and then monthly outings planned. The program directors were very personable and always around to help. Sydney is a wonderful city and I couldn't imagine a better way to get to know it than through IES Abroad Sydney. And I can't wait to go back!

How can this program be improved?
I arrived after my dorm's orientation week which was a little sad. There are some traditions I missed out on, but it didn't really matter in the long run. I wish that my program arrival date was earlier, but I think it was just a mix up between the program and the university.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rhiannon
10/10

Home is where the koalas are

Do you love adventure? Do you love meeting new people? Do you want to experience a new culture and become more independent? Then IES Abroad is the program for you. There are so many cities across the world to choose from, and I ended up at the University of Sydney in Australia. It was a dream come true to travel so far and call a new city home. IES covered so many bases for us before departure by arranging housing, step by step directions for visa applications, and having awesome events and trips set up for the group once we were in Sydney. The advisers Matt and Kristin were always willing to go out of their way to find out what sort of things we wanted to do and bring us to exciting new places. The mid semester break trip is a must for a great cost and the perfect bonding experience with fellow IES members in other schools in Sydney. The city is incredible, but don’t forget to take advantage of long weekends and see other cities in Australia! Our experience ended with a beautiful IES dinner in the Sydney harbor with photo montages of our semester and hilarious superlatives. It was a great chance to see everyone together one last time and thank our advisers for the continuous support. I would go back to Sydney in a heartbeat if I could. So take the amazing opportunity from IES and “give it a go”!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ellie
10/10

livin' in a land down undah

I had the best four 1/2 months of my entire life in Sydney. I went to the University of Sydney and L O V E D it. It's the perfect location between being close to the city and the beaches. The program really tries to get you adjusted to the life. The two program directors at the centre in the city, Matt and Kristen, really made an effort to help and support us. It was awesome having them supporting us whenever we had an issue with something. The city is perfect because you can always find something new to do. I highly recommend going on the week long vacation that IES offers, it's not only an extremely good cost but it's an amazing time to get to know all of the other students in the program. If you love delicious food, amazing people, and beautiful scenery than choose no further than going with IES to study in Sydney! You'll never run out of things to do both in the city or Australia in general. It's super easy to travel throughout the country! (also, make sure you try TimTams!)

How can this program be improved?
My only issue is that I wish we had the option at USyd to live in the colleges as opposed to the apartment buildings. It was still a lot of fun despite that, but the apartments grouped all of the Americans together so you have to make more of an effort to meet new people.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessica
10/10

A Lifetime Experience Down Unda'

During my first week in Australia, I had already learned to adapt the different living styles. One night, my roommates and I decided to go to the common area called the "Old Tote" to play some board games and hopefully meeting new friends. Soon enough, a couple of local Aussies came into the room and asked if they can join us. As we continued to play and socialized about the differences of America, which they called the "States." Chris, which was one of the guys told us that it was possible to ride in the pouches of the kangaroo. I got really excited because I've always wanted to do that when I was younger, so of course I believed him and continued to ask him questions about it. Then later in the week I learned that it was not true and realized that Australians love to joke especially with Americans. I decided to share this story because the sense of humor from the locals provided me a warm welcoming.

How can this program be improved?
This program could be improved by providing a better description of the different living accomodation choices. I really enjoyed my living accomodation however, I did notice that students that lived in the Colleges had more interactions with locals and attended more events. Regardless, I thought this program was tremendous.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
8/10

Adventure is Out There

Living in Australia was one of the most challenging but exciting four months of my life. Meeting locals on the streets of Circular Quay and The Rocks, from snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, walking along hidden beaches and eating at local cafes, skydiving in New Zealand are just the beginning of my semester abroad. I know this sounds cliche but I felt like I was living in a dream.

How can this program be improved?
I wish my program had set up more fun days trips together to explore more of Sydney or outside of Sydney. The group of friends I made through that program are some of the greatest people I have met and I didn't get to see nearly as much as I wanted to with the short time I had in Australia.
Yes, I recommend this program
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AL
10/10

Australian Adventures

Studying in Sydney, Australia via the IES Program was the best decision I've ever made. The staff stationed in Sydney were wonderful and the city couldn't have been more perfect. The trips we went on as a group were affordable and heaps of fun! It really allowed me to get cultural immersion easily and in a fun way. I would highly recommend this location and program to anyone wanting to study abroad. Happy Travels! :)

How can this program be improved?
The communication before you get there. I wasn't exactly prepared for what was there.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meredith
10/10

Heaps Keen For Oz

Living a full 24 hours away from home can be terrifying. Ultimately, you will be flying into the unknown, forced to really put yourself out there, learn new things and make new friends all at once. With the help of IES, this process becomes not only smooth but also extremely enjoyable. IES works tirelessly to ensure that you are living safely and comfortably, succeeding in your classes, and forming lifelong friendships. IES organizes a variety of day activities and even weeklong trips to the Great Barrier Reef in order to guarantee that you reach your full potential during your time abroad. Along with the help of IES comes the help of living in the great city of Sydney. Between beaches, restaurants, and clubs, boredom becomes almost impossible. You will never grow tired of exploring the various neighborhoods and famous sites of Sydney all while experiencing new things and assimilating to Australian culture.

How can this program be improved?
Better housing.
Yes, I recommend this program
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marykelly
10/10

Wouldn't Change it for the world

Studying abroad can be scary and difficult but also very exciting! IES most definitely helped me as I prepared for, arrived, stayed, and left from Australia with the greatest ease. Being skeptical at first of the cost and copious amounts of emails, I am so thankful I stuck with them!
The website clearly explains what needs to be done and when so that you can leave your home country for all pre departure information. I would have never known where to even start with all of my paperwork without them- plus, it was awesome that I could chat with an IES ambassador at my home college before I went to feel out with program I wanted to do and what I was getting myself into before I started the process.
I am pretty sure that the Sydney IES staff, Kristen and Matt, are the best people in the world! Over the course of the semester, they provided us with an orientation and various fun and exciting activities in and around Sydney. They also looked after our health, were there to always talk to, and were simply people I knew I could count on.
I would never trade this amazing experience for anything, and IES made it possible! Thanks, IES!

How can this program be improved?
I wish we had been shown around the city or somehow connected with someone to get us oriented to the new place and help with buying sheets, and other essentials.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marilynn
9/10

Transit Mayhem

Prior to living in Sydney, I had never navigated public transportation before. On my first day, I took the bus to KMart to gather necessary supplies. After coming out of the shop with 3 large shopping bags and a laundry basket, I realized I had no idea what bus I needed to take back, which made finding the bus stop difficult. I asked multiple people where the bus stop was but still was confused about which bus to take. I resorted in calling a taxi which I now realized took me the long way home and charged me extra. I guess you need a few hiccups before you can get the system down! By the end of the semester I knew the public transit system like the back of my hand.

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing about the program it would be to give us the opportunity to live with Australians. This would help us meet more Australians and become better acquainted with their culture.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Semester in Sydney

Studying abroad in Sydney was one of the best decisions I've made. It's impossible to describe my five month experience in a review, but upon my return to the states, I have recommended studying abroad to everyone. I arrived back in the US a different person than when I left, and the changes I went through while abroad shaped me so fully in a very short period of time. Outside of Sydney, I was able to travel to Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne, New Zealand, Thailand, and Bali. Australia is an amazing destination because there is so much to see within the country, and it is close to lots of outside destinations.

IES was very accommodating and helpful, especially concerning direct enrollment at UNSW - they made the process very easy. The trips and excursions IES offers throughout the semester were great, and really allowed us to explore areas outside of the city and near our schools. The mid semester trip to Cairns was a great experience that IES was able to provide for us. Australia is a beautiful country with lots of sites to see and amazing people to meet - I will definitely be returning soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jon
10/10

Life at UNSW

For the Fall of 2014 I was fortunate enough to spend my semester at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. UNSW is very diverse environment that allowed me to grow both academically and socially. UNSW is a research university so many of the professors and facilitator are at the top of their fields and have made major contributions to their respective fields; because of this classes were engaging and challenged me to produce a higher quality of work. While I was able to grow inside that classroom I was also challenged to find my spot in the large UNSW community. Going to Australia I did not know anyone in my program which allowed me to really push myself socially and make a whole new group of friends. During my stay at UNSW I lived in Phillip Baxter College, of the Kensigton Colleges. Baxter College was made up of about eighty percent Australian students and twenty percent exchange students, which allowed me to have a very diverse group of friends from all around the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ciera
10/10

IES Sydney

(I have written about my experience in the box below). Yet some more day to day life activities of mine while I was in Australia included going to school, going to the beach, taking the bus from Bondi beach to the heart of Sydney. I do recommend living off campus if you are attending UNSW. Cooge beach is awesome and so is Bondi. Living off campus allowed me to experience more of what Sydney had to offer and meet many locals.

How can this program be improved?
My experience abroad with IES was so amazing it’s hard to describe with just one review. IES provided me with the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia during the Spring 2014 semester. Little did I know before going, this trip would eventually change my life. IES made every transition from living to school situations so easy and accommodating that I was able to focus more on and experience the beautiful city of Sydney itself. I had originally signed up to live in the on-campus apartments; however, when I arrived I realized it would be better for me to live off campus. IES allowed to me easily move out and even made sure the new place I was living was safe and comfortable. This move made it possible for me to further immerse myself in Sydney’s culture and enhanced my experience abroad. Yet my biggest appreciation for IES was the way they helped with school. When I had arrived to my new university (UNSW) I was unable to get a class that was very important to my schedule in order to graduate on time but when I alerted IES about my situation they immediately took initiative and were able to open a seat for me. Overall my time in Sydney opened my mind to a new perspective of the world. I was able to experience a new part of the world and always felt that I had the IES group as a family away from home.
Sydney was an amazing city. The food was awesome and the people were hilarious! I went during the months of July- December. At the beginning July was very cold but by November it warmed up quickly and I got to hang on the beach almost every day. School was very different from then in the States. Rather than many homework/busy work assignments, I found my classes at UNSW to require a couple essays then the final exam. I found this to be easier and gave me more time to adventure around Sydney and all of Australia.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Madelyn
10/10

Australia Awesomeness

Going to Australia was one of the best decisions I made in my college career. Between the sunshine, great food, awesome trips, and amazing experiences I never felt like I was bored. Attending the University of Sydney was very different compared to my home school but in a good way. I go to a small school and Sydney has 44,000 people, so it was definitely a change. In addition, I was able to travel to Seal Rock, Melbourne, Cairns, and Thailand while I was abroad. These trips helped me learn more about myself and the world around me.

Yes, I recommend this program

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