Much more than a stunning location, Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities - an international fusion of culture, languages, and ideas with nearly five million residents. It’ll be hard to sit still while you’re studying abroad in Sydney this summer! The Society, Sport & Leadership program makes sure you won’t have to—with engaging courses, field study opportunities, and organized cultural events, you won’t have a dull moment. Fulfill a graduation requirement or try out something new, whichever you choose, you’ll learn more about Australia, and yourself, than you ever could at home. We want you to feel at home in Sydney, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. Beyond the classroom, we offer a variety of cultural opportunities to help you get to know the local culture. Welcome to study abroad!
What You'll Study
You'll enroll in two three-credit courses for a total of six credits. Through your coursework, you have the chance to learn about some unique aspects of Australian society, history, and life in subjects such as sports, politics, and business.
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 Harbour Bridge. In addition to your courses, you'll take a four-day field study trip to Central Australia (Uluru and Alice Springs), which is included in your program fee.
$5 Million in Financial Aid
We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
You enroll in the following two courses and earn a total of 6 credits.
AN/SO 320 - Sports & Society in Australia
This course examines the relationship between sport and society in Australia, delving into such topics as the impact of social institutions on sports, the economy and business of sport clubs, the media's involvements with sports, and the multicultural nature of sports in Australia
IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
This course provides classroom-based and experiential learning in leadership studies and prepares students to assume leadership roles in global organizations. Using leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as its context, this course explores such topics as intercultural communication, workplace diversity, and business ethics.
IES Abroad Sydney organizes a number of field trips as an integral part of its opportunities for cultural immersion in Australia. These trips explore areas of significant regional interest and are led by people who contextualize what you are witnessing and experiencing. Possible destinations include:
Featherdale and Blue Mountains
Hike in the Blue Mountains and enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Royal National Park
Enjoy a visit to the second-oldest national park in the world, full of fascinating plants, birds, and animals.
Intensive four-day field trip to Central Australia where students will be able to investigate a unique geographical environment with a complex history of cross-cultural interactions between settlers and the First Australians. Students will spend time in the frontier town of Alice Springs and then travel to Uluru. Uluru is located within a national park and has been listed as a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site. As one of Australia’s most famous and symbolic landmarks, its representations, meanings and cross-cultural histories are integral to the themes of this subject.
Part of making you feel at home in Sydney is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
Orientation is two days and includes a welcome dinner, activities around Sydney, and sessions on academic and safety information. It is followed by a day trip to the Blue Mountains.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.
Apartments - Live in a two-bedroom apartment in a multi-unit apartment building. You will share your two-bedroom apartment with 3 IES Abroad roommates, sharing one of the two bedrooms with one of those roommates. Meals are not included/provided but there is a kitchen in the apartment in which to prepare meals.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Sydney through our cultural activities, such as:
A Bondi-to-Coogee beach walk
A tour of the Sydney Opera House
A surf lesson
Get to Know Your New City
Enjoy a meal by the waterfront in this unique inner-city suburb.
Try Sydney Desserts
From lamingtons to Tim Tam slams, there's bound to be a dessert you'll love.
Stroll the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Capture magnificant views of the Opera House and Circular Quay.
Walk from Bondi to Coogee
Prepare for stunning views, beaches, parks, and cliffs on this 6 km (3.37 miles) coastal walk in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Watch a Show at the Opera House
Treat yourself to one of many spectacular performances at Sydney's most iconic venue.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.