The University of Sydney

About the University of Sydney

The Sydney Undergraduate Experience offers degrees to prepare you for a future full of possibilities. You will complete your course with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world. 

By choosing from our range of professional, specialist, liberal studies, and combined and double degree, you’ll have the opportunity to gain expertise in your primary field of study and learn from industry leaders. The shared pool of majors allows you to develop expertise in a second field of study and build cross-disciplinary knowledge from a wide range of study areas outside your primary degree. Many degrees can also be combined with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Taken over four years, this combined degree gives you the opportunity to take on advanced coursework and a double major. 

You can enhance your university experience and graduate with work-ready skills by taking short, on-demand and workshop-supported courses in our Open Learning Environment. Placement and exchange opportunities are also available, and for students with exceptional academic ability who want to be challenged, the Dalyell Scholars stream provides access advanced coursework, as well as leadership and mentoring programs.

Join the University of Sydney and discover why we are number one in Australia and fifth in the world for graduate employability in the QS 2019 Graduate Employability Rankings and have 13 disciplines ranked among the top 20 in the QS 2018 Subject Rankings.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ENROLMENT

Enrolment is the formal process of registering with your faculty and choosing your units of study/subjects. Once you’ve enrolled, you are officially a student of the University of Sydney.

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Your offer will include full details of the enrolment procedures. Read this information carefully as your offer may lapse if you fail to follow the correct procedures. Before enrolment you should familiarise yourself with the first-year subjects on offer. 

ADVANCED STANDING

If you have already completed some tertiary study you may be eligible for limited credit for relevant subjects or for entry to the second or later year/s of your degree program. Second year entry is not available for some courses. The University will generally determine advanced standing for UAC applicants after enrolment. 

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website.

DEFERMENT

Deferring an offer is available for most courses. Deferment is assessed on a case-by-case basis - you will receive a link to apply for deferment after you receive your offer. Deferment is possible for one year (with the possibility of two years in special circumstances) and is generally not available for mid-year entry.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

ORIENTATION

Welcome Week on the Camperdown/Darlington campus provides a program of events and workshops to help new students make the transition to university life. You can attend academic and skills information sessions, faculty and school welcomes and a range of social events. Welcome to new students’ programs also take place on the University’s other campuses.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website.

International Year 12 applicants

ENROLMENT

Enrolment is the formal process of registering with your faculty and choosing your units of study/subjects. Once you’ve enrolled, you are officially a student of the University of Sydney.

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Your offer will include full details of the enrolment procedures. Read this information carefully as your offer may lapse if you fail to follow the correct procedures. Before enrolment you should familiarise yourself with the first-year subjects on offer. 

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

DEFERMENT

Deferring an offer is available for most courses. Deferment is assessed on a case-by-case basis – you will receive a link to apply for deferment after you receive your offer. Deferment is possible for one year (with the possibility of two years in special circumstances) and is generally not available for mid-year entry.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

ORIENTATION

Welcome Week on the Camperdown/Darlington campus provides a program of events and workshops to help new international students make the transition to university life. You can attend academic and skills information sessions, faculty and school welcomes and a range of social events. Welcome to new students’ programs also take place on the University’s other campuses. 

Postgraduate applicants

ENROLMENT

Enrolment is the formal process of registering with your faculty and choosing your units of study/subjects. Once you’ve enrolled, you are officially a student of the University of Sydney.

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Your offer will include full details of the enrolment procedures. Read this information carefully as your offer may lapse if you fail to follow the correct procedures. Before enrolment you should familiarise yourself with the first-year subjects on offer. 

For more information on acceptance and enrolment, visit the University of Sydney website

ADVANCED STANDING

You may be eligible for credit if your previous studies are assessed as being directly equivalent to our units of study. Credit arrangements vary by course. You need to apply when completing your online course application. To find out more about course-specific requirements, visit your relevant faculty website.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

DEFERMENT

Deferment is not available for the Juris Doctor. 

Campus information

Locations

The University of Sydney has teachers, researchers and students based all over Australia. To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

Student and campus services

The University of Sydney has a wide range of support services and facilities available to all students. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centres, study spaces, sporting and recreation facilities, and childcare centres. 

The University also supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS 

The University provides services and facilities to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in all aspects of student life. 

Ongoing academic, social and cultural support is offered through the Mana Yura Student Support Team, Yoorang Gurang Support Team (Cumberland campus), the Cadigal Entry Program and the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.

SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

There are dedicated support services for students with disabilities and special needs. It is recommended that you register for support as soon as you have accepted your course offer to ensure that it is in place at the beginning of semester.

For more information on our student and campus services, visit the University of Sydney website.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Services provides information about University-owned on-campus and off-campus accommodation and operates a database of private accommodation providers. You can attend information sessions on finding a place to live during Welcome Week. 

COLLEGES

Independently run residential colleges provide furnished rooms and meals. A direct application to each college is required. If you intend to stay at one of the colleges, you are strongly advised to apply for college accommodation at the same time you apply to UAC.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

HEALTH SERVICES ON CAMPUS

The University Health Service offers comprehensive and confidential general practitioner and emergency medical care to all students on campus. The Camperdown and Darlington campuses also have a dentist, optometrist and a chemist.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps students to develop the skills that build strengths, improve wellbeing and assist in the achievement of academic success. CAPS services and workshops are free, confidential and available to all enrolled students.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

If you have been allocated a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP), you will need to pay a student contribution. 

When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the University of Sydney website.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE

In addition to the CSP contribution, most domestic and international undergraduate students will also pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The fee is based on the student’s semester load (ie full-time/part-time status) and will be charged on a semester basis. 

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the University of Sydney website.

International Year 12 applicants

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and the calendar years in which study for a course is undertaken.

Note that all indicative tuition fees are: 

  • quoted in Australian dollars and correct at the time of publication 
  • set for each course based on 48 credit points per year, or 1.0 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load for the year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ.

You can also refer to the course descriptions on UAC's course search.

ANNUAL REVIEW AND TUITION FEE INCREASES

Tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University and will increase each year, effective at the start of each calendar year. Indicative tuition fees are published annually on the ‘Course search’ website. It is your responsibility to check your course on this web page to confirm your indicative tuition fee for the advertised year. 

COMBINED UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TUITION FEES

For international students enrolling in a combined undergraduate degree commencing in 2019, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

The tuition fee structure for the B Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined degree is different. This combined degree has a combination of undergraduate components (B Veterinary Biology in Years 1 and 2) and postgraduate components (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in Years 3 to 6), with a different fee rate for each component. You will be paying higher tuition fees in Years 3 to 6 than in Years 1 and 2 of the combined degree. Importantly, the course tuition fee for both components is subject to annual review and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

DOUBLE DEGREE TUITION FEES (UNDERGRADUATE TO POSTGRADUATE) - PRICE DIFFERENTIATION

For double degrees, where students complete both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, a higher tuition fee rate will apply to the postgraduate degree. You can look up the current indicative tuition fee (Year 1) for the second postgraduate degree on the ‘Course search’ website.

To find out more about course fees, visit the University of Sydney website.

OTHER COURSE FEES AND COSTS

In addition to tuition fees, you should budget for additional course costs. Some are significant, such as faculty-specific materials and textbooks, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Some courses require placements or field trips where the cost needs to be covered by the student. 

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE

International undergraduate students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as an initiative to increase student support and services in Australian universities. 

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the University of Sydney website

Postgraduate applicants

Most domestic students undertaking postgraduate coursework degrees at the University of Sydney study in a fee-paying place. However, domestic postgraduate students in the Juris Doctor have the opportunity to compete for a limited number of Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs).

Fees are based on a full-time student enrolment load of 24 credit points per semester, or 48 credit points per year (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load for the year is more or less than 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee or student contribution amount will differ. Exact student contribution amounts for your course will depend on the specific units of study in which you enrol. 

The tuition fees and, where applicable, student contributions shown on the ‘Course search’ website are an estimate only of the fees payable in the advertised calendar year of study. 

International students

Your stay in Australia

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia.

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train/car).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the University of Sydney website

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work are included in this total. Work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying, visit the University of Sydney website

STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

If you will be younger than 18 years of age when you arrive in Australia, you will need to provide evidence to the Department of Home Affairs that appropriate welfare arrangements are in place. If you will not be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or suitable relative and would like assistance with services for homestay, guardianship and welfare, include a request with your application for admission. For more details on policies and the process for supporting students who are younger than 18, visit the University of Sydney website

For more details regarding Australian requirements, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. The University of Sydney's preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance.

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney's website.

Postgraduate students

International fee-paying postgraduate students need to apply directly to the University of Sydney’s Admissions Office. International applicants should also contact the Australian diplomatic post in their own country for the procedures for obtaining an appropriate visa. 

To find out more, visit the University of Sydney's website.