About the Program
As the oldest university in Australia, the University of Sydney has a long history of being one of the top educational institutions in the country. A public university, Sydney offers a wide variety of disciplines and degrees, and continues to be notable for its emphasis on student involvement, community engagement and research opportunities.
Up to two NYU Law students may study for one semester at the University of Sydney per academic year. The program is open to second and third-year students only who have spent at least one full year at NYU School of Law.
The first law school to be established in Australia, Sydney Law School's strong history is matched by its innovative approach to education and professional practice. Its many features are underpinned by its commitment to excellence in legal education.
This innovation is reflected in the small group teaching of its undergraduate programs and the extensive range of postgraduate programs. The school places special emphasis on international and comparative law, maintains a strong profile in taxation, corporate and criminal law, and delivers programs in specialist areas such as environmental and health law. More information is available on the law school’s website, accessed here.
Superbly located adjacent to the Supreme Court building, in the heart of the legal precinct and the City CBD, the school houses excellent research and learning facilities. There are public sports centers located close to the school, including a swimming pool and gyms. Hyde Park is virtually across the road. Sydney and Darling Harbors, The Rocks and Chinatown—with some of the best restaurants in Sydney—are all a short walk away. The school is approximately 3 kilometers from the main Sydney campus at Camperdown, a lively university town with a busy, modern atmosphere. More information about the University of Sydney is available here.
Bear in mind that the University of Sydney is in the southern hemisphere and seasons are opposite to those of the northern hemisphere. The academic year at the University of Sydney runs from March through November with a winter break in July. Our fall semester is their "Semester 2"; and our spring semester is their "Semester 1" of the following academic year.
The following is an approximation of the academic calendar:
Semester 2 Fall
Semester 2 classes: Late July – Early November
Break week: Late August – Late September
Study Week: Early – Mid-November
Final Exams: Mid – Late November
Semester 1 Spring
Semester 1 Classes: Early-March – Mid-June
Easter Break: Mid-April
Study Week: Mid-June
Final Exams: End-June
Courses and Credit
Course Requirements and Credit
NYU School of Law students will be expected to take a minimum of four courses (or 24 credit points at the University of Sydney) in order to earn 12 credits towards their NYU Law degree. Additionally, in order to ensure compliance with all ABA regulations, NYU School of Law requires that all courses be approved by our office before your schedule has been finalized.
NYU Law exchange students will receive credit for courses taken at the University of Sydney. However, these courses will not count towards the student's GPA. They will only appear on NYU transcripts as credits earned through the exchange program, rather than as individual courses at the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney offers more than 4,000 units of study to Study Abroad and Inbound Exchange students. These units are available in a wide range of academic areas ranging from the Humanities through to the Sciences, Music through to Engineering. While many units are on offer, some of the units may still require academic approval by the University of Sydney before you are able to enroll in the unit. The Study Abroad and Exchange Unit can assist you with this process, once you have identified the Units of Study you wish to enroll in.
All available units of study for Study Abroad and Exchange students can be found here.
The University of Sydney teaching system comprises large-group lectures combined with seminar and tutorial groups. Teaching staff meet with small groups of students to discuss selected readings and questions. Tutorial groups usually contain between 8-15 students but may be larger in language classes. In addition, most units of study (subjects) have large-group lectures in which staff provides essential information and the framework for tutorial discussion.
Students are advised to attend all lectures and tutorials for each unit of study. Some units of study have specific attendance requirements. Failure to meet these may result in academic penalties. You will find that Australian students are required to be self-directed in their study skills and to submit a considerable amount of written work in assignments and seminar/tutorial papers. Students often receive lengthy reading lists and are expected to spend considerable time outside of lectures studying, preparing assignments, essays or contributing to group projects.
Generally, you will have about 10 days before the start of semester to consider unit options. Orientation Week is usually held about two weeks before the start of semester. There are three advisory sessions during Orientation Week:
- General introduction to the University Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs
- Academic adjustment session
- Enrollment session
During Orientation, the International Office will provide you with a list of academic advisors for each of the different areas of study. You can use liaison officers to meet with lecturers in order to discuss the differences in assumed knowledge, unit of study content, and assessment requirements.
Student visa regulations require international students to undertake a full-time study load. A normal full-time study load for University of Sydney students is 24 credit points per semester. The minimum permissible load is 18 credit points per semester.
The credit point value of each units of study is six credit points. A full-time load at the University of Sydney is determined by the number of credit points, not the number of units of study. Students will typically enroll in four units of study per semester to make up 24 credits. Academic Board guidelines suggest that one credit point equates to approximately one and a half to two hours of student effort per week. Each semester is 13 weeks in duration.
Enrollment into your chosen and approved units of study normally takes place prior to your arrival. Study Abroad and Student Exchange students are not disadvantaged by enrolling at this time. However, we advise all students to take advantage of enrolling prior to arrival. You are also able to add units to your enrollment within the first week of semester and can drop units from your enrollment during the first three to four weeks of the semester.
Tuition and Living Expenses
Because this is a revenue-neutral exchange program, participating NYU Law students will pay New York University the normal tuition for a 12 credit-hour semester at NYU Law.
In Sydney, you can live on approximately AUD $400 a week. This does not include the cost of textbooks and does not allow for expenses such as vacations, medicines or the running of a car. Below is a sample of how much you can expect to pay in weekly expenses.
- Rent (including electricity): A$250-300 per week
- Food: A$100 per week
- Leisure activities: A$50 per week
- Utilities: A$20 per week
- Travel: A$35 per week
- Textbooks: A$100-A$300 depending on course
Students should therefore budget at least AUD$2,000 per month for rent and living expenses. If you are planning to travel around the country, you will need to budget more for additional expenses. If you join the students union at Sydney, you can get discounts at union-run businesses like the canteen, coffee shop, and pub.
International students at the University of Sydney can choose to live off-campus in shared housing with other students. Note that the University is a commuter campus. Most local students either travel some distance to reach the campus or live with friends/family nearer to the campus.
The University does have an accommodation service which is used to assist students to find campus and private accommodation. Information regarding this can be found here.
Students should arrive in Sydney at least two weeks prior to the Orientation program to find housing before semester begins. The University of Sydney provides an accommodation advising service through the ISSU Housing Officer to assist new students in finding off-campus housing. Students are encouraged to use this service.
Passport, Visa and Residence Permit Requirements
Information about Visa requirements can be found on the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA).
Requirements for a student visa vary depending on a student’s citizenship. Students who are classified as Assessment Level 3 and 4 will be required to meet additional Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) requirements, which normally include evidence of English proficiency, medical and financial checks.
Processing times will also vary. Students are encouraged to investigate student visa requirements early in their application so they will be fully prepared once they receive their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students should refer to the online assessment for more information. The visa Sub-class for all exchange students is Non-Award.
The electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCOE) can be sent as soon as a student accepts their offer and pays for their Overseas Student Health Cover (see below) Turnaround from acceptance is normally within the week (unless a student requires a PVA—see above).
Students who wish to work in Australia can only apply for a work permit after the first day of classes. Students will be required to sign a request form in person at the International Office and apply online for Permission to Work through DIMA. There is a fee for the issue of the work permit. While on an Australian Student Visa, students can work no more than 20 hours per week during semester, however, they may work full-time during the official University vacations. Please note that DIMA strictly enforces this rule.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
If you have a disability you could be eligible for services offered by the University of Sydney for students with a disability. If you want this assistance, it is important that you apply for it as soon as you can, preferably before you commence study. Disability Services available in Australia may differ from those you currently have access, so it is important for us to know what support services you require and to inform you of the support services they can offer. A Disability Services Officer can help you with your registration. Please contact the Disability Services here.
If you are interested in the program and will need some special assistance due to a disability, please contact Office of Global Programs who will contact Sydney to obtain information about the availability of needed services.