The Sydney Sophomore Engineering program combines coursework at the BU Sydney Center and the University of Sydney with professional work experience in or near Sydney. It is ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering and is designed to fit neatly into engineering students’ existing curriculum. During the semester, students will participate in a credit-bearing internship, engineering coursework, and a course in Australian Culture & Society. Student accommodations are located in the BU Sydney Center, and offer easy access to public transportation, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and the city business district.

  • All students must enroll according to, and remain in compliance with, the Boston University Study Abroad Course Load Policy.
  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering students
  • Select courses carry prerequisites
  • The University of Sydney’s admissions criteria require study abroad students to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
During the semester, students will participate in a credit-bearing internship, engineering coursework, and a course in Australian Culture & Society. Together, these courses will allow students to gain a broader understanding of the field of engineering and help situate their learning in the Australian context. Students will study their technical curriculum at the University of Sydney for the semester and gain insight into the past, present, and future of engineering technologies through field trips to research institutions, technical museums, and companies.

Students enroll in the following courses:

  • CAS AN 368 Australian Culture & Society (4 credits)
    • 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
  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS MA 225 or MA 230, or the equivalent.
    • First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.)
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  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4)
    • Prerequisite: ENG EK 127. Corequisite: CAS MA 226, or the equivalent.
    • Introduction to electric circuit analysis and design; voltage, current, and power; element I-V curves, circuit laws, and theorems; energy storage; frequency domain, frequency response, transient response, sinusoidal steady state and transfer functions; and operational amplifiers, design. Includes lab.
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  • ENG EK 490 Internship (4)
    • The Internship component provides the opportunity for you to participate in a range of current research projects that are being undertaken at the University of Sydney.
  • ENG BE 209 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (4 credits)
    • Prerequisites: high school biology and at least one semester of college chemistry.
    • For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
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  • ENG EC 311 Introduction to Logic Design (4)
  • Natural Science Elective (4)

As the language of instruction is English, additional course options at the University of Sydney may be possible. Students work with the College of Engineering for course approval.

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.
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Program Residence 

  • Students have single, furnished rooms, in 3–4 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 students to use
  • 24 hr. security, a roof deck for students to hang out, a fully-stocked library with computers, classrooms in the same building


  • Spring Semester: early January – late June
  • Spring Semester: September 15