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The University of Sydney (USYD), the oldest and among the most elite in Australia was founded in 1850. USYD is recognised worldwide as an impressive center of education for both domestic and international students all within a learning environment that is vibrant, diverse and truly supportive.
One of the world’s leading institute, USYD is a key member of the prestigious ‘Group of Eight’, an alliance of Australia's major research-intensive universities, the Academic Consortium 21, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and the Worldwide Universities Network.
With an interesting range of academic programs on offer through 16 faculties across eight campuses, it’s not surprising the university draws some of the brightest minds from across the globe. USYD boasts of a vibrant student body of more than 50,000 scholars including some 10,000 international ones from over 145 countries.
The University of Sydney has several campuses. The main campus Camperdown/Darlington, colloquially known as one of Australia's sandstone universities is like a small town located in the heart of Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales. The university is surrounding by beautiful green parks, shops and cafes, sports halls, museums, galleries, the spectacular Sydney harbour and two major complexes that are utilized by students for recreation and other services. Its location near major public transport hubs with buses and trains running every few minutes is ideal for off-campus students.
The main campus that sits on 72-hectares is gorgeous. Thanks to the spectacular blend of modern architecture and dramatic ivy-covered sandstone buildings, magnificent carvings and arcades, lawns and patios it was listed in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post.
Apart from offering an impressive range of academic courses, the campus is integrated with top-notch facilities. The Fischer library is the largest in the Southern hemisphere. In addition, the computer and science labs are well equipped and the research centers world class. The infrastructure for the sports enthusiast is also great. There are two gyms, a pool, indoor & outdoor basketball courts, tennis, squash, rock climbing and numerous football and soccer fields.
The university has adequate on-campus housing arrangement for students who prefer the comfort of residing on the premises. For those wanting more freedom, there are various options for independent living. The university runs affordable housing units around the main campus with all the basic utilities, free internet and 24/7 security system to keep an eye on things.
As for dining facilities, there are several eating joints on campus which are good but a trifle expensive. Thankfully, there are a lot of affordable food courts and cafes in Newtown, Glebe & Broadway shopping centre which are only a few minutes away.
Given the university is situated in the coastal city, the students can enjoy a moderate and comfortable climate with mild winters and plenty of sunshine spread throughout the year. Summers can tend to get a tad humid but the afternoon sea breezes that are quite common can be pleasant and refreshing. Rain is evenly spaced all year around with June being the wettest month and September the driest.
Class sizes in the University of Sydney are appropriately organized with a student staff ratio of 20:1. This allows for greater interaction among students and faculty. The professors and tutors are very welcoming and friendly. They are is brilliant, the best in their respective fields and have a knack of making the course more interesting which really motivates the students. Most of them have been featured in journals, written books and regularly speak at conferences.
USYD has a strong and extremely generous financial aid program. There are prizes, loans for students with financial constraints, and over 700 scholarship schemes for undergraduate, graduates, research scholars and some specifically for overseas students. The university gives over $6.5 million in scholarships.
Students can apply more than once for assistance during the course of their degree. However, non-degree students are not eligible. There are also student loans available for International students that are interest free. These can be upto $2000 for study expenses and essential living expenses. The repayment terms however are limited to payment within graduation term.
The university has an initiative namely SydneyTalent that helps connects brilliant students with industries and employers for part-time and full-time work opportunities. Besides, USYD enjoys an awesome reputation which works as a big advantage in terms of job prospects. Studying at USYD definitely gives graduates an edge over other candidates even if it means getting a foot through the door for the first interview.
There is a lot of support from the university to further the career of students. There is a career fair app that updates students about the various career fairs that happen on the campus. Further there are several student events and workshops that provide ample networking oppritnunies with the industry.
The campus has a lot going in terms of extra-curricular activities. With more than 200 clubs and societies, there is something for every student to dabble in. These initiatives make it easy for the international students to bond and fit in. USYD actively participates during the year in cultural events like TEDxSydney, Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Film Festival and National Reconciliation Week.
The university also gives students assistance in finding accommodation, career guidance, offers disability services, health and welfare services. Since USYD is home to many oversea students, the authorities try to ease things for them by issuing pre-departure briefings pertaining to tips on applying for student visa, organizing finances, important documents needed, travel and health, living arrangements etc. Additionally, the campus organises an orientation pre-enrolment program for international students to help become familiar with their environment.
USYD has everything a student dreams of! A fantastic global reputation, diverse student body, a sense of tradition, a luscious green environment, clubs & societies, excellent facilities, brilliant faculty, world-leading academics and more to help intelligent minds broaden their horizons and take their career to another level. Its location offers a great advantage to Indian students who look forward to study in a intellectually stimulating as well as socially rewarding environment.