Summer sojourn

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University of Sydney’s Summer School offers a six-week programme for internationalstudents.

Jillian Stewart
Jillian Stewart

For international students, Summer Schools not only can enrich one’s knowledge but also add credentials to the curriculum vitae. Summer Schools or Winter Schools, they provide not only an opportunity to take a new course but also a chance to explore a new country and its environs.

Dr. Jillian Stewart, director, Sydney Summer School, University of Sydney, says, “One of the reasons why students prefer coming to Australia for summer school is because it’s an exotic country.

Besides the multi-cultural experience the Summer School offers, there is plenty to do and see in the country.” For large cohorts of students who come from a particular university or company, the school also organises cultural programmes, and they can live on campus.

The University of Sydney is looking to attract more international students for its various courses offered in its Summer School.

This year, the university offer more than 130 undergraduate and postgraduate subjects from nine faculties.

How to apply

To apply for the summer programme, international students need to be enrolled in a degree at their home university, have an IELTS score of 7 or above and meet the pre-requisites for the subject/s they wish to study.

A transcript is also required. The Summer School is full fee-paying and unfortunately there are no scholarships available.

Students should apply online in late September in order to be sure of securing a place. However, students who apply for the Summer School must be well aware of the workload.

As courses are usually of six weeks duration or less, there is a lot of syllabus to be covered in a short time as the workload is the equivalent of a full semester.

For extra credit

For students who are already enrolled at a university for a degree course, Summer School is a good chance to earn some extra credit.

For international students who are looking to save costs, it is a chance to take extra courses and accelerate their programme so that they can finish early. This way, they save on the living costs.

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