Sydney is an excellent study abroad location to learn about sustainability. You’ll explore contemporary issues such as climate change, air quality, water use, waste management, energy consumption, and building resilience in our cities while gaining an understanding of the complex cultural, economic, and political factors that influence environmental policymaking.
Classes will be taught through a combination of classroom learning and field studies, including an exploration of Aboriginal culture and heritage at Sydney Botanic Gardens; an examination of the human relationship with nature, animals, and wilderness with a trip to Taronga Zoo; and a visit to sustainability campaigner Michael Mobbs’ off-grid 19th century terrace house in the inner city.
The curriculum includes People, Place and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; Resilient Cities; plus additional courses of your choice from the Global Cities curriculum.
CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!
Earn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.
You can opt to live in a shared apartment or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.
A local transit pass is provided for the duration of the program.
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the dazzling Blue Mountains, which includes a visit to Featherdale National Park where you can get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas, and an incredible dinner and overnight stay at the Taronga Zoo. Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony.
Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits, and gain valuable skills.
As part of the Sydney Welcome Week, the start of your program includes a coastal walk from the famous Bondi Beach to Coogee, an evening visit to the Sydney Observatory to view the starry night sky, trivia at a local city pub to learn all about the neighborhood and the nation, and an Aboriginal Cultural Workshop at the harborside suburb of Barrangaroo. Throughout the rest of your program, self-guided events will be offered each week.
CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Sydney. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.
As a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in Sydney. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.
The curriculum consists of two courses: People, Place and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; and Resilient Cities; plus an optional internship placement and accompanying Global Internship Course and additional courses of your choice from the Global Cities curriculum.
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SDNY FILM 2211
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SDNY SOCY 3355
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SDNY SOCY 3356
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