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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia is a laid back and vibrant “port town” founded in the late 18th century and named after Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney. Having been occupied by Australian Aborigines for tens of thousands of years prior to the European arrival, Sydney became one of the major ports of arrival for prisoners sentenced to “Transportation” by the British government in this then-uninhabited and newly established penal colony. Today, this super-friendly city sports a temperate climate, large harbors, beautiful parks, a diverse cultural life, a dynamic food scene and a vibrant cityscape of both contemporary and colonial architecture suitable for both outdoor and indoor types. The city’s most iconic beaches, Bondi , Manly and Coogee are open almost all year round leaving no room to wonder why Sydney was the host of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Major tourist attractions include the Sydney Opera House, the world’s largest IMAX Theater, Sydney Harbor, the Sydney Aquarium, Featherdale Wildlife Park (Australian animals only), the historic neighborhood of The Rocks, and Sydney Olympic Park. Transportation in and around both Australia and Oceania is easy and frequent from Sydney. The city’s investment in the arts, specifically film and music, will be reminiscent of U.S. cities such as San Francisco, Austin, and New York.

Academic Program

This exchange program is for Occupational Therapy students only.

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Go to UWS Exchange Program for more detailed information.

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