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Summer Physics, University of Sydney

Study Abroad Program Overview

Get ready to meet friendly, laid-back, fun‑loving people and enjoy vibrant cultural diversity in the alluring “Land Down Under”.  Explore Australia’s natural beauty, such as the red deserts of the Outback, the white sand beaches surrounding most of the continent and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.

Plan now to spend summer living and learning with students from around the world, earning UC credit and enriching your experience with a different academic and cultural environment. The University of Sydney’s Short-term Physics Program offers you the chance to earn credit for a full year’s equivalent of calculus-based physics whilst enjoying the relaxed and fun-loving Australian lifestyle during Sydney’s sunny winter. 

Intensive Program

This intensive, fast-paced physics program offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.

If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.

About Sydney

Australia’s oldest and largest city, Sydney is reminiscent of San Francisco, with ocean coastline, a dramatic bay, and hilly streets. The city has a high density of shops, offices, many parks, and narrow, crowded streets. Some of the finest surf and beaches in Australia are in or near Sydney, as is Sydney Harbour, with its famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Water sports are particularly popular, as are rugby and soccer in winter, and cricket in summer. To the west are the Blue Mountains which offer excellent hiking and camping opportunities.


Located in the heart of Australia’s most famous city, The University of Sydney’s neo-gothic campus is host to hundreds of student clubs and organizations and houses several museums and galleries to enjoy. Public transport by rail and bus from campus makes it easy to discover Sydney and enjoy all the city has to offer, from the shopping and markets, to beaches and outback farms. Student life at USyd offers access to a multitude of cultural and scientific museums. On-campus bars offer a relaxed coffee shop atmosphere during the day, and comedy and trivia at night. In addition to the casual events around campus, organized clubs and societies are offered, from book and anthropology clubs to music and sports associations. ​

Orientation at the University of Sydney:

Orientation is an exciting time to learn about the university, your new neighborhood and enjoy presentations by key staff and performances by local groups and indigenous dancers. Features include:


-          Airport pick up

-          Formal welcome by the University of Sydney

-          Guided campus tour and trip to the local Broadway Shopping Centre

-          Personalized guidance from a Sydney Abroad adviser on how to register for your courses and access all Sydney Student systems

-          Advice on matters of health, safety, emergency

-          Introduction of social events calendar, including Surf Camps, Breakfast with Koalas, etc.

-          Activity introducing the Indigenous Australian culture


Orientation is compulsory as it offers invaluable advice on finalizing enrolment and acclimation to Sydney.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Summer :  
​mid-June to mid-August

None :  








You will be housed in the Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments centrally located in Darling Harbour and only a 20-minute bus ride or 25-minute walk to the University of Sydney. All students will be sharing a room in a two-bedroom apartment with fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, living and dining areas and two bathrooms. Free wi-fi is included, access to indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym and housekeeping once a week.

Extracurricular Activities

​​Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on EAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and

community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.

Sydneysiders enjoy year-round good weather, with mild winters and hot summers meaning beach and water activities are always possible. With a focus on the outdoors, Australians are often outside playing sport, relaxing in a park or embarking on a bush adventure. You’ll find many opportunities for hiking (called bushwalking), mountain climbing, nature walks, orienteering, sailing, bird watching, beach activities, and water sports in Australia.

Optional trips are offered throughout the program. The trips are highly praised by UCEAP participants as an excellent value and a great way to meet other students. You must sign up and pay Sydney Uni directly for each trip.

Visit the City of Sydney What’s On calendar to plan your days:   

On-site Support

The EAP program in Australia is currently overseen by the EAP Study Center in Melbourne. EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Australia and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

​See the EAP Program Guide (PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

This program is divided into two, 4-week physics sessions. You enroll in one course during each session, and each course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units. 

The syllabi are currently unavailable.

​To determine readiness for this intensive physics ​program, we strongly recommend applicants take the Math Readiness tests provided by a similar physics program.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog​ lists courses previously taken by UCEAP students. ​(This is a new program; no courses are currently listed.)


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Physics students must take both courses for a letter grade. 

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

 ​Internships and research are not possible on this program.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney 
Founded in 1850, The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university, enrolling about 46,000 students. The central campus is located on the edge of Sydney’s business district in Camperdown. Its magnificent neo-Gothic quadrangle is considered a national treasure, and the Fisher Library is the largest university library in the country, with close to five million volumes. The university also houses a number of museums, including the Macleay Natural History Museum, the Nicholson Archaeological Museum, and the Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, which contribute significantly to its research and teaching.
Visit The University of Sydney website for more information.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Summer Physics8 - 812 - 128 - 8$13,650$1,750
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine (C): Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Barbara (C): Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB • UC Santa Cruz (C): Mathematics 11AB or 19AB or 20AB or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15AB • UC San Diego (C): Math 10AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: