University of Sydney Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 12-16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 18-24 units.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Special Considerations

Sydney may request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript.

Choosing Your Courses

Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hour of Credits
3 2
4 3
6 4
8 5
9 6
12 8

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form.

To select your courses from the University of Sydney:

  • Using the search bar at the top, change the Courses in the drop-down box to Units of Study.
  • Narrow down your search by listing a search term into the search box and click search
  • In the "Refine Your Search" column choose "Yes" for Available for study abroad and exchange
  • Click on the course code to make sure it is available in the appropriate semester
    • Click on the Unit of study handbook link to see the pre-requisites, course description and what semester the unit of study is offered.
    • More comprehensive course outlines (syllabi) may be available at the Study Portal or on the relevant faculty/department home page.
    • For students interested in taking units offered by the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), please read the unit descriptions here: Table A | Table B

Course Approval

The University reviews your Preliminary Course form. Either the University of Sydney or your program manager will email your course approvals to you. This process takes several weeks.

Special Nomenclature

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Unit of Study Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

You will receive an email from University of Sydney prompting you to enroll in courses through your student portal. Should you want to make any changes (add/drop) courses you will have to complete an enrollment variation form. Enrollments and timetables are finalized at orientation. You must bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE.

The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
7 High Distinction 85 - 100% A
6 Distinction 75 - 84% A
5 Credit 65 - 74% B
4 Pass 50 - 64% C
3 Conceded* Pass (45 - 49%) D
1-2 Failure 0 - 44% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.

*Note: The Conceded grade is not offered by all institutions. Where a host institution uses the Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, a D will be issued. Where the host institution does not use Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, an F will be issued.


Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee.

For studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. submit a portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Portfolio is non-returnable.