Almost a quarter of Sancta residents are international students and we endeavour to be a home away from home for students from all parts of the world. Our aim is for every student to immerse themselves fully in Australian and College culture.
We welcome international students to our residential community, wholeheartedly.
International applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they are offered a place at university. Exchange and study abroad students are welcome.
2018 Dutch Exchange Student, Juliette Suermondt, wrote of her time at Sancta:
Road to Sancta
After three years of studying in Utrecht, I was ready for a change. I have always wanted to come to Australia, because of the lovely people, gorgeous nature and awesome animals. A very good way to enjoy a country is through student life. That’s why I decided to go on exchange to Australia. The University of Sydney attracted me the most because the units of study looked very interesting, and the city is, of course, amazing. Through some research, I found Sancta Sophia College which appealed to me as the atmosphere seemed very kind and welcoming. Also, the formal dinners and various events interested me as I felt they could benefit me in the future too. So, I decided to apply for Sancta Sophia College and thankfully, I was accepted.
Differences between life in the Netherlands and Australia
Best things about Sydney
Best things about Sancta
What I love about Sancta is that you never have to be alone. You will always find people to sit with during breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can always roam around the college and find people to chill with. Everyone is very welcoming, which makes it easy to make new friends. There are good parties at Sancta, but it also offers a quiet place when you need it.
Advice for future exchange students
Standout memories at Sancta
Moving forward from Sancta
2017 Belgian Exchange Student, Nina Colpaert, wrote of her time at Sancta:
“Sancta is the perfect place for adding an extra dimension to an exchange experience. Meeting locals and other internationals is wonderful, especially in the context of a college. I also believe that Sancta offers more stability and warmth than would some other residencies. Feeling at home is so important when on an exchange and I felt that Sancta and its students offer all the opportunities to create your own new home.”