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Australia: TEAN at University of Sydney

This program, offered through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), will immerse you in the cultural, historical, and environmental patchwork of Australia, as well as to the cosmopolitan, multicultural city of Sydney!

Through excursions, activities and courses, students will be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under."

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Through excursions, activities and courses, students will be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under."

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Through excursions, coursework, and housing you’ll be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under." The University of Sydney (or “USyd”) is not only one of Australia’s top universities but is also typically ranked among the top 100 in the world. As a direct-enroll program, USyd is an excellent fit for most Rollins majors and/or minors, including many science majors, Global Health minor, Pre-Med/ Pre-Law students, English, Music, Communication/ CMCS, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Computer Science/ Math, all business disciplines, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and many others. This program emphasizes Australian Studies and students are encouraged to pursue the Rollins Australian Studies Minor in conjunction with their study abroad experience.

  • Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission and are thorough and thoughtful
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • TEAN requires students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in their programs.
  • This program has a required advising session (30 minutes) as part of the application process.
    Click here to schedule an advising session.

Additional Requirements for Internships

  • Approved from IP - the internship in combination with coursework is extremely demanding
  • Strong resume, cover letter, and successful Internship Interview
  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information.

Fall 2021 *Due to COVID-19 the fall 2021 program has been canceled.*

  • Mid-July: Departure Date
  • TBD: TEAN Orientation
  • TBD: University Orientation
  • Aug 2: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 27 - Oct 1: Semester Break
  • Nov 5: Last Day of Classes
  • Nov 8 - Nov 12: Study Period
  • Nov 12 - Nov 27: Exam Period
  • Nov 28: Program End Date

Spring 2022 *Due to COVID-19 the spring 2022 program has been canceled.*

  • Feb 7: Date of Departure
  • Feb 8-12: TEAN Orientation
  • Feb 15-19: University Orientation
  • Feb 22: First Day of Classes
  • April 2-10: Semester Break
  • May 28: Last Day of Classes
  • May 31st-June 4: Study Period
  • June 7-19: Exam Period
  • June 20: Program End Date


Although you are responsible for booking your own flight to Sydney, TEAN can assist you through one of their preferred vendors. Rollins strongly recommends that you use this vendor as they are not only trusted, but they also have all of the details regarding your routing; such as which cities you'll need to stop in as part of your orientation (see below) and how long you'll be in those cities. You will also need to book your own airfare to the West Coast to meet the group flight.


TEAN’s exclusive 6-day “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns, in the north of Australia. Cairns is famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure; including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world?! This Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon-to-be friends and having an exciting journey in the process.

PLEASE NOTE: TEAN does NOT provide transportation from Cairns to Sydney. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare between the two cities.


U.S. citizens DO need a visa in order to study in Australia and TEAN will assist with the process. The Australian visa application is an entirely online process and payment must be made by credit card at the time of application. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

TEAN and the University of Sydney

TEAN, the Education Abroad Network, is a study abroad organization based in Chicago, that has been developing high-quality study abroad programs for American students since 1995 by establishing partnerships with universities across the South Pacific and Pacific Rim.  The University of Sydney (USyd) was founded in 1850 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in Australia; it’s typically ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. Just under 50,000 students attend USyd, including 11,000 international students from more than 130 countries. USyd’s beautiful and stately campus is surrounded by many unique neighborhoods, known for their offbeat artistic culture and café scene.


Students on this program must select two courses from the below list of "Australian Studies Courses,"* and then an additional two courses directly from the university's course catalog. For the remaining two courses, students will have access to regular university classes - pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity.

*Course requirements may be flexible. Please contact IP for more information.

Australian Studies Courses (you'll take two, but choose at least three to get approved)

USyd Courses  Semester 2 is Fall and Semester 1 is spring.  

Optional Internship

USyd offers highly qualified students the opportunity to participate in an academic internship during the semester. You must let IP know when you apply if you want to do the internship option.

A Warning About the Australian Educational System

In Australia there are generally fewer class hours or contact hours, per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of your academic performance. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam. There will be a great degree of self-discipline and self-directed study required. Contact with professors is more limited, and most professors have a lecture-based teaching style. Students are generally expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

In addition, students entering university are typically already focused in their major or academic specialization. Thus, 200-level or second-year courses would be equivalent to an upper-level course at Rollins.

Transfer of Credit

Courses are generally worth 4 credits and students take 4 courses for a total of 16 credits. Students will need to seek approval for courses in their major/minor (from the appropriate academic department). All courses on this program will appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit. Grades from this program will also appear on the Rollins transcript and will be factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from USyd. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

TEAN partners with a private housing company in Sydney called UrbaNest – which specializes in student accommodation – to offer these wonderful student apartments. Centrally located in a neighborhood called Ultimo, your building is about a 20min walk to USyd. The building houses multiple community areas and social spaces where you can mingle with and get to know the other students living at the property, all of whom are international students studying in Sydney.  You’ll live in a double-occupancy room inside of a 4-room apartment and each room has a private bathroom. The apartment have a shared kitchen/dining room and a lounge area.

Meals are not included in the apartments, so you'll need to cook your own meals and there are grocery stores, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance of the housing.


TEAN’s local staff will arrange various activities during the semester such as a rugby league match, a performance at the Sydney opera house, or even surf lessons. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. You can also become a member of the USyd Union, which will give you access to various recreational facilities, dining services, a wide range of student clubs that cater to every interest and activity under the sun. Or you could join the Sports Union, through which you can play intramural sports, take fitness classes, and use the world-class athletic facilities.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these offerings; this is one of the best ways to meet Australian students.


TEAN offers optional pre- and mid-semester excursions to exciting locations such as the South Island of New Zealand, Thailand, and other interesting cities around Australia.  These excursions are an additional cost.

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,625.00 


Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, airport pick-up in Sydney, cultural activities, and a group excursion.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare: $1,800 (estimate)
  • Optional travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: $400 (estimate)
  • Visa: $460 (estimate)
  • Costs for all meals: $2,400 (estimate)
  • Personal Expenses/ Course Materials: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Student Union and Gym Fees (optional): $400 - $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, Entertainment, Independent Travel: Costs vary, the average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property Insurance (if desired): Costs vary


Scholarships based on financial need are available to offset costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Student can also apply for additional scholarships through the TEAN website.

Living and Working

Australia has a high cost of living compared to the United States. Students are able to work up to 20 hours a week on a student visa while abroad in Australia.