Rollins in Sydney

University of Sydney

Courses:  Students must choose at least two courses from the list of Australian Studies courses that is posted below.  Students will then select two additional courses from the wide variety of courses available to visiting students, pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity. NOTE: When reviewing course options, make sure the course is available "Commencing semesters: 2" (equivalent to our fall semester as the Australian academic year starts in January) and "Available for study abroad and exchange":

A Word About the Australian Educational System:  The academic system in Australia can be quite different than the U.S. system.  There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance.  Study in the Australia requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study.  Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization.

Assessments may vary in each unit of study from a 6000 word assignment and no exam in one unit, to a 4000 word assignment and two hours of formal exams in another. A significant proportion of the assignments in each unit will usually be devoted to a major essay of 3000-4000 words. Other types of assessment include group work, oral presentations and take home exams. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam.  Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.

A unit of study is the class (subject) in which students enrol. Most undergraduate Study Abroad and Exchange students select 1000-3000 level units in areas that they have already studied at their home institution.

  • 1000 level units of study are introductory or Lower Division units (equivalent to USA Freshman or Sophomore level)
  • 2000 level units are Intermediate level units (equivalent to USA Junior level)
  • 3000 level units are Senior level units (equivalent to USA Senior level)

All Participants Must Enroll in at Least Two

Course Number

Course Title (Rollins Gen Ed if appl)

Prerequisites, if any


Australian Writing in the Postmodern Age



Indigenous Australians and Modernity (C)

Anthropology minors/majors only


20th Century Australian Architecture (D)



The Australian Economy



Economic Policy in Global Context

Economics majors/minors only


Changing Childhoods



Australian Schooling Systems



Australian Theatre, Film and Learning



Learning in Outdoor Education



Introduction to Geology (P, N)

Strong background/focus in science


Environmental and Resource Management

Need Economics background


The Australian Political Party System

Background in Political Science/IR


Australian Foreign and Defence Policy

Background in Political Science/IR


Australia: Conflict and Transformation (D)



Australia’s World

Taken any (2) History courses


International Business Strategy



Indigenous Australia: An Introduction (C)



Issues in Indigenous History

Taken any (2) History courses


Colonising and Decolonising Histories

Taken any (2) History courses


Welfare States: A Comparative Analysis

Taken any (2) Sociology courses

Number of Credits: Students who complete the Fall Semester in Sydney receive 16 semester credit hours for four courses at the University of Sydney. Rollins Credit equivalent for USYD courses: 6 credit points = 4 credits at Rollins.

Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the University of Sydney.

  • If interested in the internship course while in Sydney, students must get pre-approval PRIOR to leaving Rollins campus. Otherwise, transfer internship credit will not be approved. NOTE: Students can enroll in a 3 or 4 credit USYD internship. For the internship to get INB approval, you must take it for 4 credits.

Faculty and Staff: All courses are taught by faculty at the University of Sydney.  The TEAN Resident Director in Sydney is Christian Bonett.

Country: Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)

Capital: Canberra

Currency: Australian Dollar

Language: English

Dialing Code: +61

Population: 23 million

Time Zone +/- EST +14

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