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Australia: TEAN at University of Sydney

"During my mid-semester break, my friends and I traveled to Australia's Gold Coast for one week…This experience made me see the value in Australia's more relaxed, more outgoing culture... I returned to Sydney wanting to harness that same energy everyday, engaging in outdoor workouts or randomly walking around the Royal Botanical Gardens and Opera House." - Rollins Study Abroad Alum

Experience Sydney!

Experience Sydney!

Experience Sydney!

Through excursions, coursework, and housing you’ll be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under." This program is also a great fit for most majors and minors!

  • 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
  • Faculty interview: qualified applicants will be notifed after the deadline to organize the interview
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

Additional Requirements for Internships

  • Approved from IP - the internship in combination with coursework is extremely demanding
  • Strong resume, cover letter, and successful Internship Interview
  • Prerequisites: INB Students must have completed at least one of the following courses: INB 337, INB 365, INB 372
  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information.

Fall 2024

  • July 15: Arrival Date
  • July 15-19: TEAN Orientation
  • July 22: University Orientation
  • July 29: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 30 – Oct 6: Mid-semester Break
  • Nov 22: Exams End
  • Nov 24: Program End Date

Spring 2024

  • Feb 4: Required Arrival Date
  • Feb 4-8: TEAN Orientation
  • Feb 12: University Orientation
  • Feb 19: First Day of Classes
  • April 1: Semester Break
  • June 16: Program End Date

Flight and Orientation

  • Students arrange their own flights to Cairns and then Sydney, but TEAN can assist through one of their preferred vendors.
  • TEAN offers a 6-day “Welcome Abroad” Orientation in Cairns, North Australia lead by TEAN staff to introduce students to the culture and get to know their classmates, while enjoying a week of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling the largest coral reef system in the world
  • 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 must obtain a visa to study in Australia and TEAN will assist with the process.
  • The application is entirely online 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.

The University of Sydney (USyd) is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in Australia and is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. There are just under 50,000 students. USyd is situated on a beautiful and stately campus, surrounded by many unique neighborhoods that are known for their offbeat artistic culture and café scene.


  • Australian Studies Courses (Students must take at least one of these courses): choose two to allow for flexibility.
  • USyd Courses Choose your other three courses from the many other offerings. As you search, make sure to note that Semester 2 is Fall and Semester 1 is spring. 
  • Optional Internship for highly qualified students. Let IP know when you apply if you are interested in the internship option.

Transfer of Credit

  • Students must take four courses for a total of 16 credits; one course from the list of "Australian Studies Courses,"* and three courses directly from the courses available in the University catalogue. Grades appear on Rollins Transcript and Factor into GPA. It can take up to three months for grades to be processed.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar).  

Australian Educational System 

  • Fewer class hours per week, less contact with professors and less continuous assessment. Most professors have a lecture-based teaching style. 
  • Grades are based on only a few major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam.   
  • First-year students are already focused in their major or specialization, so introductory courses cover higher level topics. 200-level or second year courses are the equivalent of an upper-level course at Rollins 
  • Self-discipline and self-directed study are required for success. Students are expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting. 


  • Students live in off-campus student accommodations in a double-occupancy room with a private bathroom inside a 4-room apartment with shared kitchen, dining, and lounge.
  • Apartments are centrally located and are about a 20-minute walk to USyd.
  • The apartment building houses multiple community areas and social spaces to mingle with other students at the property, all of whom are students studying in Sydney.


  • Students can buy groceries and cook in their shared kitchen, as there is no meal plan.
  • Grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants are within walking distance of student apartments.

Cheap Eats Out and Easy Make-it-Yourself Meals

  • TEAN arranges various activities during the semester, including: a rugby league match, a performance at the Sydney opera house, and surf lessons.
  • Join the USyd Union to access to various recreational facilities, dining services, and student clubs
  • Join the Sports Union to play intramural sports, take fitness classes, and use the world class athletic facilities.
  • TEAN offers optional pre- and mid-semester excursions to exciting locations such as New Zealand, Thailand, and other interesting cities around Australia. These excursions are an additional cost.

Program Fee

Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: $30,290
  • Housing: $5,115

Also Includes

Airport pickup in Sydney, orientation, cultural activities, a group excursion, program administration, and emergency insurance.

Does Not Include

  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $1,600, on-site $945
  • Meals/food: $2,500
  • Optional travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: $400
  • US Passport: $165
  • Visa: $470 (USD)
  • Books, course materials, supplies: $200
  • Student Union and Gym Fees (optional): $400 - $600
  • Personal expenses: $1,235
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0


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

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful. 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.