University of Sydney Courses

Most students take a full credit load of 16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 24 units.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

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

Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your online course form.

To select your courses from the University of Sydney:

  • Access the Unit of Study Lists
    • You can view course availabilities in 3 different ways - via the Master Lists, Thematic Lists or Faculty/Department Lists.
    • Click on the link relevant to the list you want to see, and you will be redirected to a Google doc. In the doc, you will be able to see the Area of Study, when the course is offered, the Unit Code, Unit name, and a link to more information (including the course description and pre-requisites).
    • Please be sure you are only selecting courses offered at the undergraduate level (indicated by UG within the Google doc).
    • 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
    • More comprehensive course outlines (syllabi) may be available at the Study Portal or on the relevant faculty/department home page.

Course Approval

The University reviews your online 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 the University of Sydney prompting you to enroll in courses through your student portal. Students can then complete their enrollment tasks and see their timetable prior to arriving in Sydney. Students can also make amendments to enrollment and adjustments to their timetables once arrived in Australia with assistance from the USyd Advisors.

The online 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.


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.

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 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.