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Sydney Summer - Society, Sport & Leadership

Why Sydney?
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.  

Daily Life

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 Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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.


Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AN 320 - Sports and Society in Australia English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/IR 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Summer English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/IR 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/AN 320 - Sports and Society in Australia English 3

Field Trips & Events

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

1 day

Hike in the Blue Mountains and enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Royal National Park

1 day

Enjoy a visit to the second-oldest national park in the world, full of fascinating plants, birds, and animals.

Central Australia

4 days

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.

Daily Life

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

Visit Barangaroo

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. 

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,840 $2,035 $135 $8,010

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad office is located in Surry Hills, an inner suburb within the city of Sydney.  It is immediately adjacent to the city center, known as the Central Business District, or CBD.  Just a few blocks from Sydney’s central rail station, it is well connected to the rest of the city and surrounding areas. Commuting time, by bus, to the University of Sydney campus is 15 minutes and to the UNSW campus 20 minutes. The Macquarie campus is 45-55 minutes away by public transportation.

Our Staff

Chris McKenna

Center Director (Interim)

Chris has worked in the international education sector for almost 20 years and joined our partner, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, in 2006. He held a number of positions at UNSW before being appointed as Director, International Affairs, in May 2016. In this role, he provided support, counsel and advice to the Pro Vice-Chancellor International. Prior to UNSW, Chris was a Senior Project Manager at JWT Education, one of the world's largest communications agencies that provides market research, consulting, branding and communications services to clients in the education sector. In this role, Chris worked on various research projects with a number of Australian universities, government education departments worldwide and organizations such as the British Council. Before moving to Australia Chris lived in Tokyo for two years. He holds an M.A. from the University of Glasgow.

IES Abroad Staff

Kate Smart (Center Director - on extended leave until May 2019)

Kate Smart has been the Director of the Sydney programs since 2016. Kate has over 15 years of experience in International Education, including senior Study Abroad roles at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales.

Kate has lived and worked in the United States and studied abroad in Thailand and Jamaica. She has a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master of Education in International Education from Monash University. Kate loves sharing her knowledge of the city (and the rest of Australia) with new students, from her favorite beaches to swim at to the best place to grab a great flat white.


Sian Viney - Internship and Student Services Coordinator

Helen O'Riordan - Program Coordinator