Sydney Internship and Study Abroad Program

Students participating in the Sydney, Australia combined internship and study abroad program will travel to Sydney in late February to undertake a full course load, including a semester-long internship, at the University of Sydney. Before departing to Sydney, qualified students can also complete a 6-8 week U.S. internship for 3 course credits.

Because of the busy period that accounting firms experience during the first quarter of the calendar year, students (and firms) stand to learn much more from interning during the winter as opposed to the summer. The challenge has always been to figure out how students will make up the lost credits if they were to complete a winter internship. In comes Australia, where spring (their fall) semesters do not begin until late February/early March. In addition to the local internship experience, students enrolled in this program benefit from a study abroad experience that includes the option of completing a second internship in Sydney. Students can earn up to 18 credits at the completion of this program.

Even though this program was originally conceived with accounting students in mind, Business Administration and Economics majors will equally benefit from this experience.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Afshad Irani, Professor of Accounting (

Course of Study

Students are able to pick from across the 16 faculties and schools at University of Sydney. Units of study at 1000-level through 4000-level are considered Undergraduate and units of study at 5000-level and above are considered Postgraduate. Students can search for units of study by visiting:
Choose "Units of Study" from the drop-down list
Enter your search term/keyword and click "Search"
Click "Yes" for "Available to Study Abroad/Exchange" when the search results appear

List of classes pre-approved for credit transfer to W&L is available here.

2018 Program Deadlines

  • September 29, 2017: Student applications due 
  • September - October 2017: Internship interviews 
  • October 20, 2017: Admission offers made
  • November 3, 2017: $2,000 deposit due 


This program is open to juniors majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Public Accounting. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required at the time of application.

Students are not eligible to study abroad if on academic or social probation during their semester abroad. Students accepted into study abroad programs who are then placed on academic or conduct probation will be liable for the full costs of the program even if they withdraw from the program.


The cost of the program with orientation is $25,000.00 for the Winter 2018 term (subject to change).

Included in this program fee are: all normal University of Sydney tuition costs, housing and select activities and meals. Students must pay for their own travel arrangements, visa application fees and provide money for their books, academic supplies, and personal needs throughout the program period.

Please note: this cost is subject to change in case of significant currency variations or increases in the cost of services from the University of Sydney or the orientation program providers. We will make every effort to inform you of any changes in a timely manner.


Students will be housed in off-campus apartments. More information regarding housing will be posted at a later date. Please inform the program director of any special housing requests or needs.


Application instructions can be found on LexLink (Job ID #6254). The application deadline is September 29, 2017.

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