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University of Sydney - Direct Enroll
Spring 2024 Semester Psychology Sydney

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About the Program

Study abroad at one of Australia's top 5 research institutions. The University of Sydney (USYD) is one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and is the oldest member of the prestigious Group of Eight. While students are able to select courses across a wide range of disciplines, there are featured programs in Psychology, Environmental Studies, and Design Thinking. USYD is committed to diversity, inclusion, and education for all. The international population on campus is made up of students from more than 130 countries around the world. USYD is located in the Darlington area of Sydney, south of the central business district.


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Sydney
  • Dates:
  • 2/9/24 - 6/16/24
  • Price:
  • $24,495
  • Credits:
  • 15
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • Closed
  • Withdraw by:
  • 11/14/23
  • Application Requirements
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Transcript - Official
  • Complete Application
  • Eligibility
  • Education Completed:
  • Be the equivalent of at least a 2nd semester Sophomore (strongly recommended)
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 3.0
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Some courses may have prerequisites.

Study at the CEA CAPA Sydney Center, centrally located in a bustling Haymarket neighborhood, and take courses in a wide variety of subject areas that encourage you to explore this diverse and vibrant city through in-classroom study and out-of-classroom experiences.
Study at University of Sydney, one of Australia's most prestigious universities and oldest members of the prestigious Group of Eight. The university's business school holds accreditation through AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. You'll have access to more than 2500+ courses across nine faculties, allowing for a highly flexible and personalized academic experience.

When in Sydney you can choose standard housing. Housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can't guarantee housing preferences.

Program Structure

All students will enroll in 1 CEA CAPA course at the Sydney Center and 3 USYD courses.  If you are participating in the Psychology, Environmental Studies, or Design Thinking Program your USYD enrollment will be distributed as following: you will select 1-2 courses from the curated course list for that respective program, and you will select your remaining USYD course(s) from the full University of Sydney course list.   

USYD utilizes credit points which represent a measure of the student’s workload by subject. Most subjects at USYD are 6 credit points each, which equals 4 credits in the U.S. semester system. The CEA CAPA course is 3 credits/45 contact hours. You may earn 15 credits.

Due to differences in the Australian higher education system, there is no standard for the number of days a week a course may meet. Class meeting times vary across departments and subject areas.

The academic structure below lists a small sample of subject areas available. You will have access to introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in a wide range of courses in the fields of engineering, social sciences, business, the sciences, and much more. See below for information how to access the University of Sydney catalog for a full list of courses.

Prior to departure, you will select your preferred courses. CEA CAPA has secured a select number of spots for courses in the Psychology, Environmental Science, and Design Thinking programs, and you will be enrolled into those courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Please note that you will receive two transcripts in connection with this program: The CEA CAPA course will be transcripted by University of New Haven, while the rest of your courses will be transcripted by University of Sydney.


The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.

Navigating the University of Sydney Website for Courses

Click here to access USYD’s handbook to access a full list of courses, organized by thematic areas and by faculty/department. From there, click on corresponding links to navigate to important information and comprehensive details about course content and structure, syllabi, and credit-point requirements.

Couple of notes to keep in mind:

  • In Australia, the fall semester (semester 1) occurs in the first half of the year (February to June). Spring semester (semester 2) occurs in the second half of the year (July to November).
  • Courses, referred to as ‘Units of study’, are available at 1000-level through 4000-level:
    • 1000- level is equivalent to the 1st year of an undergraduate degree (similar to 100 level, introductory level)
    • 2000- level is equivalent to the 2nd year of an undergraduate degree (similar to 200 level, prior knowledge is required)
    • 3000- level is equivalent to the 3rd year of an undergraduate degree (similar to 300 level, advanced level)
    • 4000- level is equivalent to the 4th year of an undergraduate degree (similar to 400 level, advanced level)
  • Some courses may have pre-requisites requiring students to have already completed specific courses or equivalents at a lower level. As a study abroad student, you are not expected to have taken the specific pre-requisite requirement, but you must have studied a relevant or similar course/module in your home country/institution. You should take previous academic experience into account when making course choices.
  • Some courses may have co-requisites, which means that the course and the co-requisite must be taken at the same time. If no pre-requisites or co-requisites are specified, then courses should be open to all students.
  • Hands-on art studio courses in the CAEL and CAST departments may have strict enrollment limits and priority will be given to students whose study is closely related to fine arts or contemporary arts degrees at their home institution.
  • Law units (LAWS) are restricted to students who are studying an accredited Law degree (LLB, LLM, JD, etc.). Students intending to go to law school in the future may find courses/units of study of interest in this thematic list
  • Students are strongly encouraged to list 8-10 courses/units of study on their initial list of requests and have those pre-approved with the home institution as well.


Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Visit the dazzling Blue Mountains and Featherdale National Park where you can get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

This excursion includes an overnight stay with dinner inside the Taronga Zoo.

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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Sample Calendar

Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA CAPA before purchasing airline tickets.

You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.

Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.

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