Q. and A. about Deferment of UAC Undergraduate Offers

From students applying to defer

What are the conditions attached to deferment?
You must not undertake any other tertiary study during your deferment and, if you defer a Conservatorium of Music course, you must maintain a satisfactory level of performance during your deferment.

Am I guaranteed re-admission to my deferred course?
Yes, except for the rare occasion in which the University ceases to admit any new students to a course. This may occur when two courses are amalgamated, for example. Should this happen to you, the University will notify you and if possible, will offer you a deferment in the most appropriate alternative course.

For how long can I defer my place at uni?
The standard period of deferment is one year. It may be possible to gain a further deferment under certain circumstances. See 'Can I extend my current deferment?' elsewhere on this page.

How do I elect to defer my offer?
If you are made an offer, you will receive instructions on how to accept your offer and confirm your place at the University, or defer.

I'd like to commence my course in the second (July) semester. Is that possible?
Only if your course is open to commencing students in the July semester. There will normally be a number of courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and the Sydney Business School that will be open for new student admission in the July semester. If your deferred course is one of these, you can request a deferral for the July 2015 Semester instead of March 2016.

I deferred my Main Round offer, now I have received a Late Round offer. May I also defer that offer?
Yes, but in doing so, you automatically abandon your Main Round deferment. You can only hold a deferment for one University of Sydney course. You can hold deferments from other universities without affecting your University of Sydney deferment.

Looking ahead, how do I claim my deferment next year?
The Admissions Office will send you a new offer in August prior to your requested academic year, which will contain instructions on what to do next.

Can I defer courses that commence in July (Semester 2)?
It is NOT possible to defer courses that commence in July (mid-year offers).

If I'm deferring, do I accept my UAC offer? Do I also enrol?
You still need to confirm your place. Follow the link in your confirmation email and elect to defer when prompted. You won’t need to enrol until after you receive your new offer from the University of Sydney.

I have further questions about deferment, who can I talk to?
Please contact the University Service Centre by calling 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia). Our Future Service Centre is open between 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

From students returning after deferment

I was granted a deferment in January, what happens next?
The University will send a new offer by email to all applicants with a deferred offer in August which will tell you how you can claim your deferred place for 2016.

How do I claim my deferred place?
The Admissions Office will send you a new offer in August prior to your requested academic year, which will contain instructions on how to claim your place for 2016.

I'm currently overseas. Do I need to have a family member in Australia apply for me?
You can apply from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.

Do I get another UAC offer?
No, you will receive a new offer for your deferred course from the University in August.

At this stage I haven't decided whether I will return to university next year, either to my deferred course. What is my best course of action?
The University would recommend you accept your deferred course offer and consider your options by attending the University Info Day.

Can I extend my current deferment?
No. However you can apply for a further deferment. To do so, you should email the Admission office with reasons for your requested extension:


What if I want to apply for a different course next year?
You will need to re-apply through UAC for 2016. You will also have to pay the UAC application fee.

If I do apply for new courses next year through UAC, am I competing with new school-leavers?
Yes, if you were a school-leaver in 2014, you will be competing with 2015 school-leavers for admission for the new courses (if you choose them in your UAC application) on the basis of your 2014 ATAR (or equivalent).

My UAC number from last year doesn't work when I apply?
You must apply as a non-school-leaver when you commence your new UAC online application. You will be given a new UAC number.

I have further questions about deferment, who can I talk to?
Please contact the University Service Centre by calling 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia). Our Future Service Centre is open between 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.