It’ll be hard to sit still while you study abroad in Sydney. You’ll be sure to visit the city’s iconic attractions, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, but you’ll also start to live like an Aussie. Maybe you’ll be involved in the vibrant music and arts scene, and make friends with the diverse Sydneysiders—and don’t forget to cheer on your favorite Aussie sports team! There’s so much to see and do, bring your camera along so you don’t miss a thing!
Located on Australia’s southeast coast, Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales, and is the largest city in the country with a population of over four million.
Sydney was voted “the world’s best city” by Travel and Leisure Magazine two years in a row. Sydney is well known for its beautiful harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge, not to mention its more than 70 white-sand beaches. One of the world’s most multi-cultural cities, Sydney is home to people of more than 120 nationalities.
The campuses of all three IES Abroad partner universities draw from the energy of their respective surroundings. Macquarie’s campus is located in one of Sydney’s most attractive and affluent areas—its rolling landscape is surrounded by bushlands including Lane Cove National Park. The campus of UNSW is close to Coogee beach with easy access to the city center via public transportation. The University of Sydney’s campus is on the edge of Sydney’s main business district, with the hustle and bustle of daily city life at its doorstep.
All three campuses offer easy access to the wealth of cultural and social opportunities of Sydney, as well as the incredible natural beauty of Australia’s varied landscape.
Located just minutes from Harbour Bridge, Sydney's Opera House is iconic of the city. The Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, was first criticized for his unique design, but later received the Pritzker Prize for it. The House offers the Concert Hall, Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre, Playhouse, and more. At night, the Opera House lights up; it is truly spectacular.
Nicknamed "the Coathanger" by locals because of its arch, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest bridge in the world. It carries vehicles and pedestrians from the commerical business district (CBD) to the North Shore. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the view of Sydney's harbor, and the entire city, from the Harbour Bridge.
"[My favorite local landmark is] Sydney Harbour Bridge. Built during the Great Depression, it tells the story of hard work, camaraderie, and perseverance." -Mary M., Ithaca College
Bondi Beach is truly a surfer's and swimmer's paradise with beautiful waves and miles of sandy beach. In Aborigine, "Bondi" means "water breaking over the rocks." There are also countless activities to do, including sand volleyball, Sunday Bondi Beach markets, and a visit to Bondi Pavilion. Bondi Pavilion has numerous restaurants, shops, theatre, and more.
"The Bondi to Coogee walk is a pathway that passes four beaches along the ocean. Every time I ran or walked the path, I was reminded how beautiful and remote Australia is." -Ruth S., University of Rochester