The site on which Sydney is located has been inhabited for more than 50,000 years by Aboriginal people of the Eora nation. The first region of Australian to be colonized by the English in 1788, Sydney is marked by an ongoing dialogue between indigenous and colonial cultures. You will find traces of this dialogue and its history everywhere in the places you spend time in and the people you meet. The unique indigenous and colonial heritage of Sydney and Australia offer many opportunities to reflect on some of the key questions that define the 21st century in terms of the relationships between colonialism, postcolonialism and globalization.
Sydney is made up of hundreds of localities and suburbs each with its own unique character, from Bondi with its stunning blue beaches to the Rocks with its cobblestone streets and hidden passageways. Sydney’s world-class arts, sports and cultural events calendar offers numerous opportunities to get involved in many different aspects of Sydney life and to engage with the histories and the people that make this city what it is today.
Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. Keep in mind that the seasons are reversed in Australia. The coldest month is July with an average temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest month is January with an average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
The public transportation system in Sydney is extensive and consists of the City Rail, Sydney buses, and ferries. Buses are often the easiest - and cheapest - way to get around. Many students also opt to walk to and from campus, about 25 minutes through the heart of the city.