A&M ENGR Only Exchange: University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
|Who Can Apply:||Texas A&M University applicants only|
|Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:|
|Program Type:||Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program||Academic Area:||Engineering|
|Academic College:||College of Engineering||Academic Department:||Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineeirng, Marine Engineering Technology, Maritime Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering|
|Minimum GPA:||3||Language requirement:||No|
|Language of instruction:||English||Program Advisor:||Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Leslie Donaway|
|Housing:||Apartment (alone), Apartment (shared), Dormitory||Open to non-majors:||No|
|Classification:||Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore||REEP Program Type:||Departmental Exchange|
University of Sydney
The University of Sydney was founded as Australia’s first university in 1852. The university prides itself in being a “modern and progressive institution,” a value that is exemplified in its promotion of inclusion and diversity, as it became one of the first universities to admit female students in 1881. The University of Sydney ranks among the top .3 percent of universities worldwide, and was ranked 45th in the world in the 2015-2016 prestigious QS World University Rankings. It is comprised of 16 faculties and schools, which include courses ranging from agriculture and environment to arts and social sciences.
The University of Sydney School of Engineering and Information Technologies is ranked among the world’s top 50 engineering and information technology faculties in the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education ranking.
LocationSydney, Australia is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. As a metropolis that surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor, Sydney is overflowing with opportunity for adventure and ambition. “Sydneysiders,” or inhabitants of Sydney, often occupy themselves with the lively food scene, lazy days at the beach, or exploring the city’s history- and entertainment-filled streets.
Sydney is situated with the Tasman Sea to the east, and the Blue Mountains to the west, leaving much opportunity for activity and exploration. The Blue Mountains are a popular destination for camping, natural parks, waterfalls, hiking, and spelunking in the caves beneath the mountains. Within the city, visitors have the ability to see the Opera Australia perform in the architecturally famed Sydney Opera House. A walk through the streets of Sydney will lead the city’s visitors through a tour of a variety renowned restaurants that offer delectable foods from across the world. From almost all points of the city, one can see the “coathanger,” the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the largest and heaviest steel arch in the world, and it is best experienced by a walk across the bridge.
- This program is limited to students in the College of Engineering.
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application.
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in English
- Obtain a student visa
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
- Fall Semester (July to November; arrival by mid July)
- Spring Semester (March-June; arrival by late Feb/early March)
- Academic year (July to June)
Exchange students at the University of Sydney have the choice of a wide variety of courses that fall under several of units of study. The units of study (subjects) at University of Sydney are widely accepted, but the student’s home university will decide what credit will be given for the completed units. Six University of Sydney credit points are equivalent to 4 credit hours. Incoming exchange students can reference the course search to research the different courses that would be available to them. All incoming exchange students to the University of Sydney must have all of their courses approved by their home university before and after attending their program.
HousingExchange students at the University of Sydney have the option of living on campus or off campus during their stay in Sydney. Students may choose between one of the eight residential colleges or university-run accommodation for on-campus options. Residential colleges offer three catered meals a day, laundry services, as well as social events. The University of Sydney manages several residences, university-run accommodation, in which students can enjoy the freedom of affordable self-catered accommodation within a close proximity to main campus. Exchange students are also offered off-campus housing options, whether they decide to live in the surrounding suburbs of Sydney, an apartment within the city, or a homestay option in which a local family provides short-term accommodation during the first few weeks of the semester.
CostsOne of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
|Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M|
|A&M Tuition & Fees||$5,600|
|REEP Administrative Fee||$300|
|Estimated Fees Paid Directly to VUW|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)|
|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies||$2,200|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$19,950+|
|Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost||$13,636+|
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
University of Sydney Homepage
University of Sydney School of Engineering and Information Technologies
Exchange Information at University of Sydney
University of Sydney Course Search Engine
Accommodation Options at the University of Sydney
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program at the University of Sydney, students should contact Leslie Donaway in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s International Programs Office.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz.