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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As far as we're concerned, financial limitations shouldn't prevent you from studying abroad with us. That's why we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and aid.

Value
$500 - $5,000

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Reviews

98%
based on 37 reviews
  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Ciera
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Madelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Land Down Under

Going abroad to Australia was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to see things, do things, and meet so many amazing people. IES abroad definitely made the abroad process easier. I was placed in the university village for village which turned out to be amazing. Being in the university village allowed us to meet so many Australians and other people abroad and was a lot of fun. The village was also great for hanging out in, and there were always people who were willing to talk to you.

Studying in Sydney, while different then in the US, was also cool. I had the chance to take a sports class which mostly consisted of attending popular sporting events in Australia. This class gave me the chance to see an AFL game, multiple Rugby games, and even allowed me to try bowls. This class was definitely a highlight to my abroad experience.

Going abroad with IES also had a lot of bonuses. IES planned multiple events during our first few days in Sydney such as hiking the blue mountains, going to a wildlife park, and going on a dinner harbour cruise. These activities were a lot of fun and a great way to see some amazing sights. Our IES program also had a trip to the Royal National Park which was amazing. This park was beautiful and although it was freezing, we had the chance to go swimming in a swimming hole. Such and incredible experience. For our mid-semester break, IES also planned a trip up to Cairns to go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and jungle surfing in the Daintree Rainforest. This trip was AMAZING and definitely one of the highlights to my time abroad.

Besides travelling with IES, I had the chance to travel around Australia and to New Zealand both with friends and by myself. I definitely recommend exploring as much as Australia as you can, but also go to surrounding countries as these are incredible experiences.

Overall my time abroad was amazing and I cannot believe it is already over. I loved every minute of it and am thankful for all of the experiences I had. I cannot wait to go back there dome day!

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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The University of New South Wales - Sydney

I chose to study abroad so that I was not one of those adults saying "I wish I had studied abroad in college." I did not want the regret of wishing I had gone away. I know people who don't study abroad and say, "I will when I'm older." In reality, how easy will it be to travel for four months with a professional career and a family?

Study abroad Australia introduced me to beautiful beaches, unforgettable friends from all over the world, intriguing cities, and the most memorable experiences. I lived in the village apartments at UNSW with five other girls from all over the world. Beijing, Malaysia, Singapore, and England. Most students in the village apartments were international students like myself. I had my own room and shared a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a common room.

The most memorable experiences I had were snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, jungle surfing in the Daintree Rainforest, traveling to different parts of Australia on the weekends, visiting New Zealand and Thailand, and living 1.6 miles from the beach.

I would 100% recommend IES to other students. Before departure, they give you all the essential information and really prepare you. While abroad, they organize many day trips and dinners which immerse you in the culture and take you to places you most likely wouldn't go otherwise.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe that IES should give students a better understanding of the grade conversion chart. I found that compared to the US, professors are much stricter graders in Australia which reflected into my GPA.
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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Experience

This was a life changing experience, as cliche as that may sound. I made friends from all over the world, and would not trade this opportunity for anything. The biggest difficulty I had was becoming homesick about midway through my trip because of the drastic time difference. However, not a day went by that I was bored. There was always something new and exciting to do, which made feeling homesick much easier. By the time I had to leave, I wasn't ready to leave, and I called Australia my second home!

What would you improve about this program?
Preparing students more for the schoolwork they will encounter because most students (myself included) forget that studying abroad still requires a lot of effort put into school work!
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Kati
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IES- University of Sydney

My time at the University of Sydney was undoubtedly the best experience I have had in my life thus far. Although initially somewhat nervous about traveling so far by myself, IES staff made me feel comfortable and excited. Orientation and resources provided by IES allowed me to become comfortable with the city of Sydney right away, and within only a few days the Sydney University Village felt like home. With the Uni right across the street, my day to day life consisted of walking to class, hanging out with my roommates and friends, and then heading out for a night on the town near the Opera House and Sydney's CBD. I fully recommend studying in Australia, especially in my favorite city, Sydney.

What would you improve about this program?
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Kelsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

IES Abroad is a fantastic organization that caters to every student's need prior to departure and upon arrival. Our program director was kind, helpful, and fun to be around. Every day was a new adventure in Sydney, whether it was exploring the city, hiking the rugged coastline, or earning a scuba diving certification. The people, culture, and environment were truly amazing. The experience helped me grow into a more well-rounded and confident individual. Studying abroad with IES truly enabled me to challenge myself and become the best version of who I am.

What would you improve about this program?
Have more planned weekend trips because those were my favorite part of my experience.