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Studying in Sydney: top schools in an idyllic setting

The sun, the sea and above all… the schools! Sydney, the first destination for young French people wishing to study in Australia, offers the opportunity to live a rewarding international experience in a heavenly setting.

Pleasant climate, relaxed lifestyle, varied outdoor activities and international Anglo-Saxon system… Australia represents an ideal destination. And for good reason, between the natural “no worries attitude” of Australians and the assurance of finding great schools recognized in all fields, there is something to be seduced by. Le Figaro Étudiant has selected five of the best schools located in Sydney. Be careful, tuition fees are often very high, but many requests for aid are possible.

1 – The University of Sydney: the oldest in Australia

The University of Sydney created in 1850 is the oldest. Each year, it welcomes more than 50,000 students, particularly in law, medicine, mathematics and psychology, as well as in agriculture and the environment, a booming theme. Proof of its good rating on a global scale, the University of Sydney has risen to 45th place in the world ranking of universities (according to QS World University Rankings) and is in the Top 3 of the best Australian universities according to the same source. .

The little extra: a partnership with Sciences Po makes it possible to obtain a double degree.

Grâce au partenariat avec Francaustralia Education, the registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management).
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Thanks to the partnership with Francaustralia Education, the registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management). ” />
Thanks to the partnership with Francaustralia Educationthe registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management).

2 – The University of Technology: science and business first

With nearly 38,000 students, including more than 10,000 international students, the University of Technology Sydney is one of the most renowned in the country, particularly for its science faculty and its business school accredited by the prestigious AACSB label, which guarantees the quality of education. and good supervision of students. More than 180 courses are offered there, such as information technology, engineering, design and communication. There are also research programs in economic affairs. And in fact, the university has been awarded five stars for its excellence in higher education certified by the QS World University Rankings.

Little more: It is the only university campus located right in Sydney city centre, five minutes from Central Station. The very recent infrastructures also present a very appreciable asset for the students of the campus.

3 – The French Lycée Condorcet: 100% success in the baccalaureate

Sébastien Lebeau, 24, goes to relax in the Bondi Iceberg Club’s seawater pool.

Ranging from kindergarten to high school, this Lycée Cordorcet, French and international, prepares for the general baccalaureate approved by the French Ministry of National Education and the international baccalaureate. The latter also allows you to continue your studies in France. Accessible from the 1st class or through a 6-month program in the final year, this option is aimed at non-French-speaking students in high school or, conversely, at French students who would like to perfect their level of English.

A little extra: For the 2016 baccalaureate edition, the school posted a success rate of 100%including 90% mentions and 45% very good mentions.

4 – The National art school: Australian Fine Arts

Sébastien Lebeau, 24, goes to relax in the Bondi Iceberg Club's seawater pool.
Sébastien Lebeau, 24, goes to relax in the Bondi Iceberg Club’s seawater pool.

The National art school of Sidney is a private Fine Arts school which delivers a bachelor’s degree (Bac +3) and/or master’s degree (bac +5). The pedagogy relies on personalized support for students in small numbers and their complete artistic independence.

Little more: Master’s students can specialize in the medium of their choice, such as photography, engraving, ceramics or sculpture.

5 – International college of management: by the sea

The IMS (International College of Management) has an excellent reputation in its field: management in events, hotels and international tourism. This school, which delivers bachelors and masters degrees, even offers training in sports management. A little on the outskirts of Sydney, the seaside campus offers an ideal residential setting for students who find themselves in smaller numbers than in universities.

Little extra: thanks to the partnership with Francaustralia Educationthe registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned.


Visa: If you stay less than three months, you only have to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) which is free. For students or young people going on a language trip, you must apply for a student visa (subclass 500) which costs 550 Australian dollars (375 €). If you are between 18 and 30, you can apply for a working holiday visa (subclass 417). It allows you to stay for 12 months in the territory and work and costs $440 (€300).

Where to stay: Accommodation is quite expensive in Sydney. There are many youth hostels, but if you want to stay longer, you will have to look for a roommate on the classifieds sites. Public transport is charged for each trip with a maximum for the week.

Medium budget : €15 for one night in a youth hostel, between €180 and €300 per week for a private room in a shared apartment. Food is as expensive as in France, except for products such as cheese where prices soar…

Grâce au partenariat avec Francaustralia Education, the registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management).
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Thanks to the partnership with Francaustralia Education, the registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management). ” />
Thanks to the partnership with Francaustralia Educationthe registration of future French students is facilitated and many paid internships are planned. (International college of management).


The five favorite places of Sébastien Lebeau, 24, a student at the Bar Training School (EFB), on a six-month break in Australia.

Sébastien Lebeau, 24, goes to relax in the Bondi Iceberg Club's seawater pool.
Sébastien Lebeau, 24, goes to relax in the Bondi Iceberg Club’s seawater pool.

The Baxter Inn. A very nice bar and especially appreciated for its vast choice of cocktails and whiskey. Hidden in a small unpretentious alley, we discover a warm and festive atmosphere.

Gelato Messina. A glacier located just below the Opera House with a great view. A choice of a good twenty ice creams and sorbets.

The Cozy Tea. A well-hidden tea room with a rather flirtatious atmosphere and above all good scones made on site.

The Bondi-Congee Walk. A pretty 2-hour walk along the seaside. The opportunity to admire beautiful beaches but also some wild landscapes with a well-preserved coast.

The Bondi Iceberg Club swimming pool, in the suburbs of Sydney about twenty minutes by car from the city center. At the end of the famous Bondi beach, this wave pool is filled with sea water!

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