If you are looking for a prestigious, campus-based institution in an urban location, then the University of Sydney is an excellent choice. The main campus, Camperdown, is an oasis in the middle of the city. Buses running into the center of Sydney pass by every five minutes, yet you can sit in a sandstone quad, or watch a cricket match and not realize that you are in the midst of Australia's largest city.
As one of Australia's leading research universities, you'll find that whether you are studying in the arts and humanities or natural sciences, your professors are world-renowned academics. Modern laboratories, a brand new economics and business building, and a Conservatorium of Music that is actually located in Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens are just a few of the highlights. Extensive course offerings from seventeen different faculties covering subjects as diverse as agriculture and performing arts are open to study abroad students.
With over 50,000 students, you'll find the University of Sydney to be a lively place to study and meet others. Cafés and entertainment venues abound throughout the campus. On any given day, you'll find that the Students' Union hosts bands, theater performance, comedians, and films. For example, if you take a break at noon for lunch on Thursdays you can enjoy watching improvisational theater with Theatre Sports. Manning Bar, run by the Students' Union, is a hub of activity. Restaurants and cafes also abound, allowing you to sit inside or out, and enjoy just a cup of coffee or a full hot meal. If you're more interested in organized activities, hundreds of clubs and societies are also available. A modern Sports and Aquatic Centre also offers a place to work out or simply socialize.