The Spring Friendly Program at University of Sydney starts and ends earlier than their normal spring semester.  Students on this program take one unit (course) during USYD's summer session in January, and then complete three units during Semester 1.  At the end of the final teaching week, students will complete their exams early, allowing them to return home in late-May or early-June (exact date can change year to year).  Not all undergraduate units offered at the University of Sydney work with the Spring Friendly Program schedule, therefore course options are more limited compared to their normal semester program (see link below for more details).

Your academic experience abroad is going to be very different from home. Working under the policies and processes of the local institution, you may find a lot less structure, or a lot more.

Courses and Credit Approval

  • To find information on specific courses, please review USYD's Spring Friendly Program course offerings. 
  • For assistance in selecting courses, see your faculty or college advisor. (Note: You may earn elective, distributional, minor or major credit depending on your major and college.)
  • To discuss program fit, such as program type, expectations, level of structure/independence, or to compare optionsget advice from Global Learning advisors and returned students.
  • Complete the Study Abroad Course Approval & Participation form that is part of the Global Learning application for a record of how your courses will return to Cornell for credit.  This form is a required part of the application process and must be submitted to your college by the deadline.

Academic Policies

  • Take the equivalent of 15 Cornell credits (= 24 USYD credit points) for a full semester, even if it is possible to take fewer and still graduate on time
  • Complete all the academic work and stay until the end of the program, defined as the last officially-sanctioned exam for any course you take abroad

Registration and Grades

  • You will be registered at Cornell and will earn credit for approved coursework for your semester/year study abroad
  • Decisions on the final allocation of credit are made upon successful completion of the course (must earn grade equivalent of a “C” or higher—all courses must award a letter grade)
  • Grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the study abroad program or university. Grades are not factored into the Cornell GPA.