Looking for the attention of a small school in a large and cosmopolitan city? The University of Notre Dame, Sydney (UNDS) gives students the opportunity to quickly integrate into campus life, meet Australian classmates and also take advantage of the larger university scene in the same general area. The university’s Sydney campus has two centrally-located sites, one in the hub of Sydney’s university precinct in Broadway and one in the bustling city suburb of Darlinghurst.


Semester Program


February - June
July - November

3,000 Students

2.8 GPA to apply


Urban Setting
Small Campus

Off-Campus Apartments
On-Campus Housing


Spend a semester at Australia’s only private Catholic university

Live in Sydney, the largest and oldest city in Australia, with its magnificent coastline and ideal climate

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Enjoy living in the local community in our high-quality apartments near Sydney’s best beaches or in student apartments located near the campus

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Sydney-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details


TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Students attending the University of Sydney have the option to live in student apartments located just a 10-minute walk from campus. Alternatively, students can live in high quality apartments close to Sydney’s famous beaches, and commute to campus to public transport. These apartments are integrated in the local community and shared with other TEAN students.

TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.


About UNDS

  • The University of Notre Dame, Australia’s only private Catholic university, opened its Sydney campus in 2006, making it the newest university in the greater Sydney area. The university was initially founded in 1990 in Fremantle, Western Australia where the original campus is still based.
  • Notre Dame follows the tradition and practices of Catholic higher education and is committed to a personalized education, underpinned by pastoral care and support for all its students.
  • In Sydney, the University offers two campuses where students can study. The Broadway campus is situated on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District while  the Darlinghurst Medical campus is located in a trendy, inner-city suburb just a 15-minute walk from the Central Business District.
  • The University of Notre Dame has one of the lowest student-to-staff ratios in the country, allowing personalized, individualized attention.


Academic Departments and Schools at Notre Dame are divided into eight academic divisions: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Philosophy & Theology.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Notre Dame online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 4 courses per semester (100 UNDA credits), which usually transfers as 15 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • International Relations
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Studies



  • 2.8 GPA. Students with a 2.7-2.8 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
  • Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Sydney-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Sydney. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Rugby League Match

In Australia, each state has a sport that dominates. In New South Wales, rugby league is the dominant sport. We join the local crowds to see a game and your local TEAN staff provide an explanation of the rules.

Sydney Opera House Performance

While tourists stand around outside taking photos, the locals are inside the Opera House seeing some of the best theatre, opera, dance or musical performances in the world. We join the locals at one of the many performance spaces inside the Sydney Opera House to experience the wonderful arts scene of Australia.

Learn to Surf

Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.

Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.


Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure  July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In  July 17
University Orientation July 27 July 29
Classes Begin Aug 1
Semester Break  Sept 26 Oct 3
Classes End Nov 6
Study Period  Nov 7 Nov 13
Exam Period Nov 14 Nov 25
Program Ends  Nov 26

Spring 2016

Date of Departure Feb 8
TEAN Orientation Feb 10 Feb 14
Pre-Semester Excursion Not available
Housing Move-In Feb 14
University Orientation Feb 15 Feb 19
Classes Begin Feb 22
Semester Break April 11 April 15
Classes End May 27
Study Period May 30 June 3
Exam Period June 6 June 17
Program Ends June 18

FALL 2015

Option 1:
Date of Departure July 7
TEAN Orientation July 9 July 13
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion July 13 July 19
Option 2:
Date of Departure July 13
TEAN Orientation July 15 July 19
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Not available
All Students:
Housing Move-In July 19
University Orientation July 20 July 24
Classes Begin July 27
Semester Break Sept 28 Oct 5
Classes End Oct 30
Study Period Nov 2 Nov 8
Exam Period Nov 9 Nov 22
Program Ends Nov 23

Fees & Inclusions

fall 2016

  • Tuition and services: $11,750
  • Housing (on/off campus): $6,870 – $7,850

Note: Students taking science courses will incur additional fees due to higher tuition costs for such units of study.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed pre-arranged, off-campus housing (on-campus housing also an option in some cases)
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Sydney Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($525)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love UNDS

John Yocum

John Yocum

Manager of Enrollment

Sydney Tip
Best Malaysian Food

You must line-up and try Mamak at least once. It’s an amazing Malaysian place in Haymarket. Don’t be intimidated by the length of the line, they move through it pretty quickly (plus it’s worth it).

Kristen Jackson

Kristen Jackson

Senior Program Manager

Sydney Tip
Ocean Baths

The ocean baths (saltwater pools) can be found at a lot of Sydney’s beaches. Some are more well-known like Bondi Icebergs and charge a small fee per visit, but others are free to use. They are great for swimming laps if you don’t want to do that in the ocean.

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