Photos and words by Elizabeth Hung

You’ve just received a letter congratulating you on your acceptance into an exchange program. Your heart leaps with excitement as you message everyone, and start googling the best places to go and eat in your host country. But then fast forward to a week before departure, and you realise how little preparation you’ve actually done. Don’t worry, I’ve been there, done that.

After my recent field school trip to Jogjakarta (Jogja), I thought I’d share eight tips to help you get ready for your exchange, and make the most of it while you’re there.



Written by Angela WIlcox-watson


Finally, break time! Don’t be deceived though, it’s not quite a holiday and there are always readings, assignments and catching-up to do. Balancing study and relaxation in mid-semester break is an art, here are seven ways to maximise your time off and still come back fighting fit for round 2 of first semester.


Written by Catlin Harvey


As the beginning of classes for Semester One looms ever closer, here are a few things I wish I had known going into Orientation Week.


Written by Joakim Book


Having two exams 18 hours apart is hardly optimal. As every uni student knows, the best exam schedule is about 5–6 days between your exams. That allows you to cool off for the rest of your day, get back into balance, and still have a reasonable amount of time to revise everything for the next exam.


Written by Perrin Walker

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Photo Credit: University of Sydney/Victoria Baldwin

No words can describe the rush of excitement I felt when I found out that the University of Sydney was hosting a talk by Dr. Bassem Youssef. Dubbed ‘the Egyptian Jon Stewart’ by fans, and listed as one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine, Bassem Youssef began his television career in 2011 with a YouTube show he recorded in his home laundry. Within two years, he had created the most viewed programme in the Arab world, ‘Al Bernameg’, which fearlessly satirised Egyptian media and politicians before its sudden cancellation in 2014.


Written by Jennifer Jamie Irawan

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Photo Credit: University of Sydney

Amidst the rain and mid-week blues, twenty of Australia’s brightest minds were spread across the city to light the spark of curiosity for Sydneysiders; part of a worldwide initiative to broaden the way we consume content. The pioneering efforts of Raising the Bar aims to demystify the space of the institution as being something far removed from the rest of the world.


Written by The Student Ambassadors of the Sydney Teaching Colloquium

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Want a break from studying during STUVAC?

Then why not register for this year’s Sydney Teaching Colloquium on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium. The event will run from 9.00am to 5.30pm and is FREE for University staff and students.

The Colloquium considers how we might meet the challenge of embedding cultural competence in teaching and curriculum.

This year’s theme is 'Cultural Competence is everyone’s business'.


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