The Sydney STEM Program offers upper-division students of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the opportunity to pursue courses in their designated fields of study through direct enrollment at the University of Sydney. Sydney STEM students will also benefit from the excellence of the Boston University Sydney Center’s staff, facilities, and activities. Considered one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Australia, the University of Sydney is conveniently located within walking distance of the BU Sydney Center in the Chippendale district, a vibrant neighborhood of university activity, cafes, contemporary galleries, the Central Park Mall, converted warehouses, and cutting-edge innovation.

The Sydney STEM Program, offered during the fall semester, offers upper-division science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students the opportunity to take courses through direct enrollment at the University of Sydney.

Engineering students may also participate during the spring semester.

Students enrolled in this program take one required course and three elective courses related to their major.

Required Course

All students are required to take the following course:

  • CAS AN 368 Australian Culture & Society (4 credits)
    • Formerly CAS IP 502
    • An analysis of Australia from historical, geographical, political, economic, and socio-cultural perspectives, with a major focus on Australia's global and domestic development as a multicultural nation with European roots, traditional Western alliances, and a growing involvement in the Asia-Pacific region. This course requires each student to complete an extensive ethnographic research project.
    • Syllabus

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin. We recommend that students do not overload (take more than the required 16 credits).

Elective Courses

Students enroll in three elective courses through direct enrollment at the University of Sydney

The following is a sample listing of University of Sydney STEM topics available in the Fall:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

For more information about available courses, view the University of Sydney Course Lists.

Upper-division engineering students studying in the Spring Semester benefit from course offerings in their field.

For more information about available courses, view the University of Sydney Course Lists.

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus
Program Residence 

  • Students have single, furnished rooms in 3- or 4-person suites with a shared kitchen, 1.5 bathrooms, and common area with a television. They are provided with bedding, a bath towel, and wash cloth. There is a microwave in the kitchen, which can also be used to bake. There is a mall a short walk away where students can purchase kitchen supplies, home goods, and groceries.
  • Board is not included/no stipend
  • No dining hall availability
  • Library and classrooms in the same building for student use
  • 24 hr. security, a roof deck for students to hang out, a fully stocked library with computers, classrooms in the same building


  • Fall Semester: mid-July to early December
    • Spring Semester: mid-January to early July
    • Fall Semester: March 15
    • Spring Semester: September 15
      Please note: Non-U.S. citizens must contact BU Study Abroad prior to submitting an application.