University of Sydney Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 14-16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 22-24 units at the University of Sydney.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – 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.

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

Australian University Credit Point UnitsU.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
3 2
4 3
6 4
8 5
9 6
12 8


Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process. When selecting your courses from the University of Sydney, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian TermU.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester
  • Using the search bar at the top, change the Areas of Interest in the drop-down box to Units of Study then click Show advanced options.
  • In the Available for study abroad and exchange box choose Yes
  • Narrow down your search by listing a subject into the search box and click search
  • 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 prerequisites and course description
    • Choose the appropriate course according to semester offered and the details will be displayed.
    • 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 ATable B


Enrollment Process

The University of Sydney will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email your course approvals. Sydney will pre-enroll you in your approved courses. You will not be able to enroll in your courses and finalized your timetable until orientation. During orientation, Sydney will hold Enrollment Information Sessions where advisors will be on hand to assist you with the enrollment process.

Be sure to bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE with you to these orientation sessions.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Senior Coordinator of New South Wales during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. 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.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither Sydney nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.



Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips).

In some cases, the University of Sydney will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in 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. Because your work will be sent to the University of Sydney, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.