Office of International Programs

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!

Experience 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, 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.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Juniors & 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

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.


  • Spring 2020 Deadline: September 30, 2019
  • Fall 2020 Deadline: March 6, 2020

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2019

  • July 15: Departure Date
  • July 17-21: TEAN Orientation
  • July 29 - Aug 2: University Orientation
  • Aug 5: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 30 - Oct 7: Semester Break
  • Nov 10: Last Day of Classes
  • Nov 11- Nov 15: Study Period
  • Nov 18 - Nov 30: Exam Period
  • Dec 1: Program End Date

Spring 2020

  • Feb 10: Date of Departure
  • Feb 12-16: TEAN Orientation
  • Feb 17-21: University Orientation
  • Feb 24: First Day of Classes
  • April 13-17: Semester Break
  • May 29: Last Day of Classes
  • June 1-5: Study Period
  • June 8-20: Exam Period
  • June 21: Program End Date

Getting There


Although you are responsible for booking your own flight to Sydney, TEAN can assist you through one of their preferred vendors. TEAN will provide the vendor with all relevant arrival/departure details pertaining to this program. 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 that takes you from home to the U.S. west coast.


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. You’ll spend a full day on the reef, explore the rainforest village of Kuranda, watch Aussie films at TEAN’s outdoor cinema screening night, and will wrap up an adventure-filled week with a sunset dinner cruise. TEAN's in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities planned for the week. A sample itinerary can be found here.

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 more information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

TEAN is a study abroad organization based in Chicago, and it runs and operates this program in coordination with USyd. TEAN 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)

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 campus is located on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District and is surrounded by many unique neighborhoods, known for their offbeat artistic culture and café scene. The architecture is reminiscent of Oxford and Cambridge with its impressive stonework, gothic arches, and grassy quads.


USyd features a multitude of courses covering a variety of subjects, from which you'll choose four courses. You 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. Because this program functions like a direct enroll program (meaning you’ll take regular university classes with local students and other study abroad students) you'll have a wide range of courses to choose from - pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity.

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 internship during the semester. While this opportunity is for credit and offers wonderful professional experience you must let IP know when you apply if you want to do the internship option. Students typically receive placement notices close to departure and occasionally upon arrival.

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, introductory courses at USyd typically cover topics that might not be covered until later levels at Rollins. For example, 100-level courses at USyd are considered introductory, or equivalent to U.S. first and second-year courses. 200-level courses are considered intermediate, equivalent to our junior-level courses. And 300-level courses are considered equivalent to our senior level courses.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating in this program typically take four courses at Sydney, and in turn, will typically earn 16 Rollins semester hours on this program. 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.

Housing & Meals

Student Apartments

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. Everyone here is a student; whether at USyd or another one of the many nearby universities. Students could be other American students studying abroad through TEAN, or they may be local Australian students or students from Malaysia, Jordan, China, Sweden, Argentina or any other country from around the world who have come to Sydney to study. 

You’ll live in a double-occupancy room inside of a 4-room apartment (8 people total). Each room has a private bathroom (shared only between you and your roommate), is fully furnished, and has WiFi. The apartment has 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. The building is secured with swipe-card access (much like res. halls at Rollins) and has a large outdoor courtyard with a BBQ, a fully equipped gym, and coin-operated laundry.

Student Life


TEAN’s local staff will arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program and might involve things like 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 and other international students and to become integrated into the local culture.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks. These excursions will incur an extra cost, should you choose to participate, and in the past have gone to exciting locations such as the South Island of New Zealand, Thailand, and other interesting cities around Australia.


Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. 

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,250.00


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)
  • Travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: $400 (estimate)
  • Visa: $460 (estimate)
  • Costs for all meals: $2,400 (estimate)
  • Housing Deposit: $300 (refundable after the program if nothing is damaged)
  • 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

Need-Based Scholarships

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 inside of their Rollins RIPA application.


Advising is offered on a walk-in basis, Tuesday-Thursday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm and Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm during normal semester dates. If you are unable to make it at these times, please email, call or stop by our office to arrange an appointment.

We can also put you in touch with student program alumni who would be happy to share their experience with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email to schedule an appointment.