• Australia
    • Sydney
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Travel Insurance
Jan 25, 2022
Mar 20, 2023
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About Program

Whether you’re fascinated by engineering or ecology, health sciences or humanities, CIEE has a study abroad program perfect for you in Sydney.

Multicultural Sydney welcomes students from around the globe with open arms. Once a British penal colony, today the largest city in the land down under is host to some 35,000 international students who enjoy Sydney’s sunny skies, outdoor lifestyle, national parks, arts, culture, and more.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Sydney is located in the city center, with easy access to public transportation and some of the best sites Sydney has to offer.
  • Kayak with fellow students through Sydney Harbor
  • Attend a performance at the renowned Sydney Opera House
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.
  • Do Sydney on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas.

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Sydney Landmark

With CIEE's Open Campus Block Programs, you can design your very own study abroad program to include up to three different locations for 6, 12 or 18 weeks.

Stay in one city the entire time or spend other blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.

CIEE College Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia

Sydney is one of Southern Hemisphere’s main hubs for trade, finance, tech, and media production. Sydney is both the capital of Australia’s business and the launching point for exchange of goods, services, and ideas with the country’s Asian neighbors.

CIEE Sydney Semester Programs

From arts and humanities to social and historical sciences, you'll find challenging coursework across academic disciplines to advance your degree.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.80 Rating
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  • Academics 3.8
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 3.7
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pretty good program

I liked studying abroad in Sydney. It's a beautiful area with east access to public transport. The program provides weekly excursions that are fun for instance trips to the Blue Mountains and Kiama blowhole. You get the chance to meet a lot of new people in the program and the academics are straightforward. You have classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, so there's a lot of free time to explore Sydney. The only downside is having to share a room and the small closet space. Overall, it's a fun program.

  • Meet lots of people
  • straightforward class
  • Outside activities planned
  • strict housing with roommates
  • long commute to classes (costs money)
  • Laundry is shared and costs money
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Sydney

The program itself was fun and had a lot of good events. Christina was very helpful and is great at her job. The teachers were smart and did a good job at teaching. The housing situation was terrible. The bathrooms leaked and the kitchen as well as the living room were tiny. The rooms were small and some did not even have windows. There were moldy rooms and cockroaches in the living spaces. The only good thing about the housing was the location. I would not recommend this housing situation to anybody else.

45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2022 review

I’m an out of state student at my home university, so I ended up saving tuition money and earning more credits by taking this program and was able to visit three countries in the process. The course load is just about right and the instructors were caring and made sure to balance our academics with our actual time abroad. Thais, Christina, Chris & Hongbo were really welcoming and made the center a nice community. CIEE is pretty close to the city center so there’s a lot of stuff to do just outside of it.

  • You may get more credits for less money
  • CIEE staff is always communicative and helpful
  • You won’t run out of things to see and do in Sydney
  • Housing was small and had some roaches when I took this so would be nice to have a different housing option
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A FANTASTIC Experience!

I had the privilege of attending CIEE's Sydney block at its premiere. It was a new location for the well-established program- with new staff, new teachers, new *everything*. But even still I can not speak highly enough about my experience. The classes are informative- and the assignments inspire true research and learning which gives one a more global perspective (I took the course on Development, Poverty, and Human Rights with Keshab). But aside from that the staff consistently facilitates extracurricular activities which help one take full advantage of a trip to Sydney, Australia! Various local excursions have included the Fish Market, the Art Museum, and the Zoo, among countless others! I highly recommend spending at least six weeks abroad in Sydney with CIEE. Not only will you earn academic credits, but you will gain an experience unique to anything else available by any other study abroad program! Personally, I'd always wanted to study in Sydney (following my Dad's footsteps) but there were so many other places I wanted to study in as well! CIEE proved to be the perfect program for me, as it allowed me to experience multiple places during one semester. If you're from the US (like me!) I cannot recommend this program enough! And if you have any questions please email me at abauer@umass.edu! I'm happy to answer any questions!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Plan excursions! I never did so, as both my parents and I considered this trip to be an excursion in and of itself! However, it is 100% worth it to plan trips to New Zealand, Melbourne, and especially Caines (or anywhere else nearby!). You will not regret it! This is your best opportunity to visit anywhere near Australia!
Also (and this is a personal note!) I highly recommend a wine tour in Hunter Valley! As long as you make SURE that you're safe, take advantage of the drinking age here. Learn how to drink responsibly (I don't mean you shouldnt get drunk. Just make sure you'll be safe considering how much you've drinken that night!). And NEVER go out alone or drink more than you're comfortable with! If you're not comfortable with drinking that is totally okay! There is NO SHAME! But if you do drink, I'll say that drinking is fun and all but please... I beg you... be safe!!!!

And last one... go to Manly! Its soooo worth the day trip!
86 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I would highly recommend this program to anyone even if you're not a biology major. I am a health and wellness major and I still got a lot out of it and while it was challenging it wasn't over my head. I loved how small this program was because it meant I got to know everyone really well and got really individualized attention from the professors. It is in a great location- the apartments are close to Murdoch university and it is very easy to get to Fremantle or into Perth and there is so much to do! My favorite part was going up to Exmouth because we were staying in pretty cool accommodation and the marine life at Ningaloo reef is amazing. We got to swim with so many different sea creatures from turtles to Whale Sharks. The academics can get a bit intense especially during the last week of the program but it was manageable. The only thing I didn't love was that the second course was a bit repetitive of things we had already learned. Overall, I think this is an absolutely amazing program and it was one of the best experiences of my life and I did not want to leave.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing I would improve would be to combine the two courses (one was marine ecology and the other was marine research methods) so that they were taught at the same time. I think this would have helped to spread out the assignments and prevent overlap and repetition of material.
83 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime!

Being in Australia and getting hands on experience with its wonders and especially the wildlife (terrestrial and marine alike) has been everything I had hoped for and more! The opportunities here are immense. Now I can say that I am 1 in 3 million people who have ever had the chance to swim next to a whale shark. I got to feed and play with kangaroos, pet a baby koala, watch a giant manta ray doing barrel rolls right before my eyes, take selfies with Quokas, experience the vivid night life that is similar yet very different than in the US. Experiencing a different culture by diving right into it has been amazing in every way! I have formed relationships with beautiful people and have come out with far more knowledge and awareness of the importance of our marine ecosystems. I would absolutely recommend to everyone to go to Australia and especially to Ningaloo marine park. I have never seen such beautiful and pristine beaches before and the coral ecosystems are phenomenal. There is an entire world under the sea that most people sadly are unable to visit or see. Going to Ningaloo has reawakened my passion for conservation biology and I want to do everything I can to help preserve the precious coral reef and marine ecosystems we have left. Everything about this trip has been spectacular in every way. I only wish I would have known how nice Australians (especially women) dress. So my advice to future CIEE students is if you are planning to go out into town at all or to go out at nice, bring your best clothes because they dress VERY nice here.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all over again I would do it in a heart beat but the thing I would change and that I regret is to go on every single whale shark drop during the tour regardless of how sea sick I am and how choppy the waves are.
85 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Mix of Fun + Outdoors!!

This program was the perfect program for me! I have always wanted to go to Australia, but I struggled for a while to figure out which city to go to. I decided on Perth, because I didn't want the feel of a huge city like some of the cities on the east coast. This was perfect, because the city of Perth offered lots of things to do / see, including bars, restaurants, clubs, city events, etc., yet it was also much quieter and laid-back. I could not get over how clean the city was -- it was just beautiful. I loved how close Murdoch University was to Fremantle, which was my favorite suburb to explore. There were endless restaurants and stores to explore, and we saw the best sunsets there every night. On Murdoch's campus, I loved that we lived in the Village, so we were fully immersed in the student life there. We became friends with full-time students, so I became best friends with students from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, etc. I absolutely loved all of my fellow American friends through CIEE, but we all really loved / appreciated the fact that we were not just limited to meeting Americans. I loved how laid-back Murdoch University was as compared with universities in the US. My professors were willing to meet with me for extra help, and I loved the unique classes I could take here in order to learn about Australia itself. Finally, I loved the opportunities we had to be outside, explore nature, and interact with animals. On any of the trips we took to the north- or south-west of Australia, we would see kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidnas, and more just on the side of the roads. This would've been a totally different experience if I had been in a huge city, so I am so thankful for Perth / Murdoch and all they had to offer!!!!

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing that was hard about this program was the fact that there was an Arts + Sciences program as well as a BEFS program. While we were all in CIEE, we were completely different programs with different schedules. We became best friends, but then we only had one of the same breaks from school, and we finished our programs at different times. It was really sad to be separated from them while they did research, because Murdoch had a break the week before their research, and they had a break the week after their research. This left us being unable to see each other for 4 weeks, which was really hard after we had gotten so close. It also was sad to see them leave so early. In the future, I would recommend overlapping the 2nd Murdoch break with the 2nd BEFS break, so that the only time apart would be the research weeks at Ningaloo!!
89 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Perth Summer Marine Tropical Ecology 2018

The Summer Marine Tropical Ecology course that CIEE offers is amazing. The excursions are extremely fun and very informative. They go very well with the lectures and course information. The grading is much different in Australia, so Americans will have to prepare for that and really work with their instructors to understand exactly what they want. However, overall it was a fantastic experience and I have grown significantly as a student, traveler, and person.

79 people found this review helpful.

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