• Australia
    • Gold Coast
    • Sydney
Maymester, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Animal Science Arts Australian Studies Biology Business Chemistry Communications Creative Writing Criminal Justice Cultural Studies Design Digital Media Earth Sciences Ecology Economics English Film Finance Food Science and Nutrition Health Sciences History Humanities International Business International Relations Journalism Law Liberal Arts Marketing Photography Social Sciences Sports Science Sustainable Development +23

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Mar 08, 2022
Oct 02, 2018
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About Program

CIS Abroad can take you on an adventure to Australia! Study for a summer in Australia as an international student and choose programs based in Sydney or the Gold Coast. Courses in a wide variety of majors are available. Whether you are looking for city living or coastal vibes, CIS Abroad has you covered. Spend your summer in Australia taking exciting courses while exploring the many landscapes of Australia and soaking up Aussie culture.

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Program Highlights

  • Heading down under in the northern hemisphere summer provides a great change of pace (and weather)
  • Pick up on the laid-back and friendly Aussie way of life
  • Cultural activities and excursions will show you some of the best spots around
  • Choose from various durations, from 3 weeks to nearly 3 months

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Summer in Sydney

Considered one of the world's most livable cities, Sydney has a bit of everything to captivate you during your summer abroad. Whether it's exploring downtown, enjoying one of the several National Parks, or lounging at Bondi Beach, you're sure to find the reason why 4-million people call Sydney home. While enrolled at The University of Sydney not only will you be able to choose from over 2,500 course offerings but you'll also have access to over 200 campus clubs and societies.

CISabroad - Summer on the Gold Coast australia

Use your summer wisely by earning a full semester’s worth of credit while living in paradise. The Summer on the Gold Coast program plants you in the middle of a sunny, stunning campus just minutes from the beach. You can surf and swim as you jump ahead academically. Summer on the Gold Coast gives you dozens of course options in most subjects. Even more tempting, you’ll live in a sun-drenched, outdoorsy, sports-crazed city, and you’ll study at one of Australia’s top private universities.


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CISabroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 9.5
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  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 7.3
  • Safety 7.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Unforgettable Time in Sydney

I had the chance to study in the beautiful Sydney Australia this past summer (2018), and had the time of my life. I was able to live right in the heart of the city, walking distance to Central Station. The transportation systems were so easy to use, that I spent almost every day on a bus or train exploring the city. From the Opera House, to Bondi, to the Rocks, there was never a day that went by that I didn't know what to do. CISabroad provided me with other students that shared the same interests I did, a University (USYD) to take classes, and incredible excursions set up to help immerse me into my new home. Our adviser in Sydney was so warm and helpful throughout our time; we're still in contact today! While I was only there for 6 weeks, my classes were all within the first three weeks of the trip. I had the last three weeks to travel and enjoy my time there. I took a train to Newcastle where I kayaked in the Hunter Wetlands National Park and took a plane to Cairns where I had the chance to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, swim in waterfalls, and ride motor scooters around the sugar cane fields and rain forests. Studying abroad was one of the best choices I've ever made, and I'm confident that my time in Sydney is not over. The 20 hour long plane ride was definitely worth it, and I'd be lucky if I could do it again!

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvements that can be made are about the housing, however, I am aware that housing in Sydney is incredibly competitive, so it makes sense that it wasn't the greatest.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Intern in Sydney

I am currently completing a Biomedical Engineering Internship though CISabroad. They did a great job connecting me with Australian Internships and helping me to find the perfect placement that is giving me an experience I would not have been able to have at home. The CIS on site staff member, Maria, has been incredible, from the airport pick up, showing us around the city, emailing us to keep in touch, and keeping excursions organized. I couldn't have hoped for anything more from her support.

My only complaint about this program is that the housing is not at all a comparative value with what the price was. Otherwise, I am incredibly happy with my experience so far. It has given been wonderful friends, and so many experiences and memories to hold on to for a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I would change about the program is the housing / accommodation. Don't get me wrong - it's a great location with super easy access to transportation and the city but it does not really meet the needs of interns - it would be better suited for students studying abroad because it is a 5 minute walk to the University of Sydney. As an intern, I work from 9 am to 5 pm which is normal - except it takes me 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to work, and sometimes 2 hours to get home (this is a lot of time but also A LOT of money). In Sydney it is winter which means that the sun starts to get around 4:45, before I even get out of work. The accommodation is also in a horribly lit area (it is so dark when I get home) that I find myself spending even more money on buses because I do not feel safe walking home in the dark. I really wish CIS could have found housing just a little bit closer to my job.
My other complaint about the accommodation is that is it above a bar so at night it tends to get a little loud. This is not ideal do to the fact that I try to get to bed early since I have to wake up at 6 am if I want to have a sufficient breakfast and be well prepared for the busy day ahead of me. I often find it difficult to fall asleep because we can hear everything that happens in the bar - even when the windows are closed.

Housing is a big part of the what makes up an experience abroad and I believe that my experience would be even better if the housing conditions were different.
13 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIS Abroad

Thanks so much for providing such valuable feedback, Christina! We're glad to hear you're having such a rewarding experience, despite an inconvenient housing arrangement. Ideally, we would love to be able to offer housing close to each of our participants' internship host organizations; however, the timelines for sourcing a suitable internship placement and for securing housing don't oftentimes allow us to align those two factors. It's great to hear you appreciate so much else about your program!

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CISAbroad - Intern in Sydney

I had an amazing time interning in Sydney, Australia. If it wasn’t for CISAbroad I wouldn’t have been able to fly halfway across the world and meet my amazing friends that I encountered in Australia. I have amazing memories and travel experiences that branched from my internship. The food was great, the tours were great, the living conditions were better than expected and traveling was something easily accessible and very economic. Sydney is amazing and I highly recommend this program to others. 10/10 I would recommend because I wouldn’t change these memories for anything! I will be coming back to Sydney!

What would you improve about this program?
I believe if CISAbroad hadn’t used Australian Internships it would’ve run more smoothly.
15 people found this review helpful.
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Finding me

My experience was one of soul searching. This study abroad program not only gave me a great opportunity to go somewhere I have never been before but gave me the chance to be on my own truly for the first time and do things I never would do at home in the states. I was able to explore big cities, go to a soccer game and explore the mountains of Australia. I did all this on my own and in the states I would not do something like that. It gave me the chance to finally find who I was and what I wanted to be. I found out a lot about myself. I now know that I want to not only go New places but get to know the history, the culture and the people of the country or place I go to. I don’t care to go to the big attractions or tourist destinations. Overall this experience wasn’t about the trip, it was the knowledge I was able to learn from my classes, my new friends and the places I was able to go and experience. If I wouldn’t have been able to do this then I would have missed out on a great experience and be behind in my life and not able to understand who I truly am.

What would you improve about this program?
This program was great! If I had to recommend something to be changed it would be that there should be more opportunities to get to know the people of the native country rather than just seeing sights and attractions.
13 people found this review helpful.

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