UMD: A Globally Connected University
Freshmen Abroad: Destination Sydney (Australia)
Go above and beyond by going Down Under! Spend your first semester living, learning, and exploring Sydney, Australia. Located in the heart of the city, the University of Sydney offers Terps a wide variety of courses and activities for their first semester. Students can savor big city living while having a variety of restaurants, shops, cafes, outdoor markets, and more at their finger tips. Whether studying the historical significance of the harbor, or exploring the blue mountains, students will have the opportunity to engage with the cultural significance of this great city.
All Destination Sydney students attend a mandatory orientation in College Park in July just prior to departure, and then leave together as a group for Sydney. Students travel to the airport in a University-owned bus. The orientation covers all the logistics for the program, academics, housing, health and safety, cultural information, community building activities, and a parent orientation. Students also enjoy an on-site orientation in Sydney designed to ensure a smooth transition to life abroad and an introduction to all of the University of Sydney's amenities and programs. We arrange for students to be met at the airport by a bus and brought to their apartment upon arrival in Australia.
When students return to the US after their semester abroad, they are responsible for pick-up at the airport.
Check out this video, made by the University of Sydney, which shows a little bit of what you'll find!
Spring admitted freshman students are eligible to apply. You do not have to commit to UMD to apply.
Applicants must be 18 years of age by July 22, 2017.
Destination Sydney is open to students who have been admitted to the University of Maryland as freshmen for spring 2018. You do not have to commit to UMD to apply.
To go started on your application, complete the following steps:
- Create a UMD directory ID and password.
- Once you have created your directory ID, come back to this brochure and click the “Apply Now” button.
- This will bring you to your MyEA portal page. All of the requirements for your application are listed here. Please note, some requirements can be completed electronically, and some need to be mailed to us.
- Once your application is complete, you will be contacted about setting up an interview.
- The deadline for applications for Destination Sydney is April 15th.
You can also apply for an Education Abroad Scholarship to help fund your experience. You will have access to the scholarship application when you start an application for the program. The scholarship application is due April 15th.
University of Sydney offers courses that fulfill major, minor, general education, and elective credits for Destination Sydney students. This ensures a seamless transition to College Park and keeps our students on track for a timely graduation. Students receive assistance from an academic advisor when selecting their courses for their fall in Sydney, with their math placement and any Advanced Placement credits considered.
Prior to departure for Sydney, students meet again with an academic advisor to create a four-year plan and to discuss courses for Spring 2018. Advising will also be available via email and Skype throughout the fall semester, and a UMD advisor will be available to assist them with the registration process prior to online registration. Destination Sydney students will register for their Spring 2018 classes electronically, just as they would in residence in College Park.
All Destination Sydney students will be enrolled in 16 credits during their semester abroad. See Destination Rome Course Offerings for more information.
View the Destination Sydney Housing Overview for more details.
Destination Sydney students live next to the university campus. Grocery stores, markets, pharmacies, cafes and shops are all within blocks of the residence. Students live in furnished apartments in an apartment building with other study abroad students. Each apartment has several rooms, a living room, bathrooms, and kitchen. In addition to furniture, all apartments offer the following amenities:
- 24/7 security via limited building access and on-site team
- Closet/clothing storage space
- Kitchen and BBQ access
- Washing machine access
- Wireless internet
- Cinema room, gym, and other features
Because our students live in buildings with other people, we expect consideration and courtesy for neighbors at all times. Remember, successful study abroad students are flexible and adaptable!
These costs are for fall 2017
|Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.|
|Education Abroad Fee||$1,200|
|This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.|
|International Health Insurance||$200|
|This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, and teaching services.|
|This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).|
|TOTAL PROGRAM FEE||$17,200|
|OSHC Australia Insurance||$250|
|Roundtrip Airfare (estimate)||$2,000|
|Optional Activities/incidental expenses||$1,500|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE:||$23,255|
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad
- Destination Sydney students have access to some financial aid including direct loans and Parent PLUS loans, as well as some state aid. Please contact the Financial Aid office to verify aid availability.
- Students may apply for private/alternative loan funding and/or enroll in the Terp Payment Plan (TPP). Information regarding the Payment Plan, as well as enrollment forms, may be obtained online from the Web site of the Office of the Bursar. View information regarding alternative loan funding, including a detailed comparison of products available from several lenders.
- Financial Policies
PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.
In Sydney, our students have access to all of the student support services the University of Sydney offers, including:
- clubs and students organizations
- tutoring and academic assistance
- computer lab with printing facilities
- a physician based on campus
An on-site facilitator at University of Sydney will assist students with any issues or concerns that may arise.
Deborah Lake, Freshmen Abroad Coordinator
Here on campus, the program is coordinated by Deborah Lake. Deborah manages recruiting, admissions, program administration, and academics. You can contact her with any questions about your application, admissions, logistics, academics, finances, housing, and engagement opportunities.
Come attend one of our information sessions during admitted students open house!
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|There is a mandatory orientation on the College Park Campus prior to departing for Sydney. Do not make travel plans until instructed to do so. View the Destination Sydney Academic Calendar for more details.|