University of Sydney
Preliminary Course Information


Course Load and Credits
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points
Specific Subject Area Information
Unit Prefixes


Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at the University of Sydney. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 22-24 units at University of Sydney. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

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

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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's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

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

To view a quick and easily accessible list of courses available to study abroad students, visit http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/documents/study-abroad-exchange/Sydney-Uni-Sydney-Study-Abroad-Exchange-UoS.pdf.

To browse a full list of courses from the University of Sydney website, visit http://sydney.edu.au/courses/:

  • Using the search bar at the top, change the Areas of Interest in the drop-down box to Units of Study
  • Click Show advanced options link
  • 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
  • This will populate a list of all available units
  • 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 cusp.sydney.edu.au or on the relevant faculty/department home page.
    • In order to navigate the units of study in your area of interest, use the “Unit of Study Searching Guide” to help know which keywords/letters to use when searching http://sydney.edu.au/courses for units of study. If you are interested in History, search for “HSTY,” if you are interested in Marketing, search for “MKTG”, etc. See here for further clarification.
    • 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
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Course Approval

The University of Sydney will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email your course approvals.

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Enrollment Process

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.

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Other Important Points

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). Please see our fee information online here.

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.

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Specific Subject Area Information

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University of Sydney Areas of Study - Unit Prefixes

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