So, I checked out the University campuses while I was here and they have some beautiful facilities for you to utilize while you are here. The campus, much like TAMU, is broken into a few different locations based on courses and units of study. The main campus will house classes in Architecture, Sciences, Literature and Languages, and other core units of study. For those students interested in Communications classes, Digital Media or Design, classes are housed (much like TAMU) in their Architecture Department. When you are selecting classes, the Sydney Study Abroad team and myself, can help you determine what classes are most appropriate and how they will fit into your degree. The main campus houses the largest library in the southern hemisphere, which includes study spaces and computer access for students. Within their quad, which they have dubbed “Hogwarts” because of the architecture and design of the building, is a small museum that is currently home to a Lego Pompeii exhibit, Egyptian mummies, and pieces of Australian history as well. The campus has sports fields, tennis course, and just next door a fitness center for students wanting to stay in shape. If you choose to live in the guaranteed housing at UrbanNest, you will have access to your own private fitness center, on site laundry, a courtyard with 90 foot screen for outdoor movies, an indoor movie room, and a “procrastination” room filled with all the latest video game consoles and TVs.
One of the satellite campus around Sydney is located near the harbor and houses their College of Fine Arts. Here students can explore various paint, sculpting, photography, and glass mediums to create visual art. They also teach courses on the preformative nature of art, performance art, and artistic theory models. The campus buildings were formerly an asylum for Australia’s insane and they have retrofitted many of the old spaces to accommodate the needs of classes, including Grad student offices in the old confinement cells! The buildings are made entirely of Australian sand stone and are beautiful to look at, especially considering the views of the harbor from all around the campus. The space includes a small library which includes media rentals and a film viewing room and a small student café and study space which is painted each year by a student through an art contest.