Recent and Non Recent School Leavers

Local Students

If you are completing Year 12 in Australia, you must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The Faculty may also offer a limited number of places for second-semester commencement, for which the UAC operates a separate application process.

Who should apply through UAC?

You can apply through UAC if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa). When you apply through UAC you apply as either a Year 12 applicant or a non-Year 12 applicant.

International students

Some international students (including those attempting an Australian or New Zealand Year 12 qualification in 2013) can also apply through UAC, but through a different gateway. Information for UAC International applicants can be found in the UAC 2013 International Booklet. Contact UAC for a copy of the booklet or visit: www.uac.edu.au/international.

Other international students may apply direct to our International Student Office or online.

Year 12 applicants

You are a Year 12 applicant if you:

  • are attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2013 † or
  • are attempting an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia in 2013

† An Australian Year 12 qualification in 2013 includes:

  • one or more courses in the 2013 NSW HSC
  • one or more courses in the 2013 ACT Year 12
  • a 2013 Year 12 in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia or Queensland (except Queensland Year 12 external students; read “Non-Year 12 applicants” below).

Non-Year 12 applicants

You are a non-Year 12 applicant if you:

  • are not attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2013 or an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia in 2013 or;
  • are attempting a Queensland Year 12 in 2013 as an external student or;
  • are attempting a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 in 2013 or;
  • received an offer through UAC last year and were granted deferment.

Special admission

Special admission schemes are available for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, applicants who have experienced severe educational disadvantage, mature-age applicants and elite athletes and performers. Contact the Special Admissions Office:

T +61 2 8627 8207
E (General Enquries)
E (Special Admissions)
sydney.edu.au/future-students/domestic/undergraduate/access-sydney/special-consideration

Flexible entry

If you are a local school-leaver and your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is within five points of the cut-off, you may also be considered for a Flexible Entry place on the basis of additional criteria such as your HSC performance in subjects relevant to your UAC preferences. For 2014, the Flexible Entry scheme may offer places in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies, Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Social Work.

To find out if your chosen course has Flexible Entry, and for specific requirements, visit the University's Flexible Entry Scheme webpage.

Admission requirements

Local students

If you are entering through Flexible Entry or one of the Special Admissions schemes you may gain entry with a ATAR up to five points below these cut-offs. Because cut-offs do vary from year to year, these figures should be used as a guide only for future years.

International students

If you are an international student, you should consult the University of Sydney International Undergraduate Prospectus or the International Office for relevant academic and English-language requirements and fee information. See the International Student Office website for more information.

Course costs

Local students

If you are an Australian citizen or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, you can pay the student contribution to the cost of your course in three different ways:

  • pay the contribution upfront with a discount
  • receive a HECS-HELP loan for all of the amount
  • pay some upfront and receive a HECS-HELP loan for the balance.

New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa (other than an Australian humanitarian visa) do NOT have access to HECS-HELP loans and must pay the student contribution upfront without a discount.

Further information about course costs and payment options is available from the University’s Student Centre, the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) or the Australian Taxation Office, or by visiting: sydney.edu.au/current_students/student_administration/hecs_fees.shtml

International students

Unless you are in receipt of a scholarship, international students must pay full tuition fees.

Information about fees is available in the University of Sydney International Undergraduate Prospectus or from the International Student Office website.