Why the University of Sydney

Sydney Choice

At the University of Sydney we offer a wide range of dynamic courses with flexible degree structures. We don’t believe one model fits all. We encourage you to start working towards your goal, your way, from your first day at university.

As a global university, many of our degrees have a strong international emphasis. We offer comprehensive exchange programs that will allow you to travel and experience a different culture while you learn.

We prepare you for the rigours of higher learning, provide you with skills and versatility for professional employment and help you rise to the responsibility of leadership.

The University of Sydney has a course finder that allows you to not only search for a course in your field of interest, but view the subject content of that course. It is important to consider not only the name of a degree but the subject content.

If you are considering research at the University of Sydney you should visit our research home page to find about writing a research proposal and finding a research supervisor.

Excellence in teaching and learning

The University of Sydney attracts some of the best students in Australia. With this privilege comes a responsibility to provide the highest quality learning and teaching.

We strive constantly for excellence in intellectual inquiry, academic freedom and integrity, and ethical practice in academic endeavours. At the heart of all of this is an exciting and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment.

A rich and vibrant student life

With hundreds of clubs and societies, cafes, bars, bands, theatre productions, sports, three sporting complexes, and Australia’s oldest student newspaper, Honi Soit, you will be a part of Australia’s most vibrant and active student community. Visit our Student life website to find out what it’s really like to be a student here at Sydney.

Our campus

The University of Sydney is a blend of neo-gothic sandstone history complete with gargoyles, cloisters and courtyards and contemporary, well-equipped architecture, offering the highest quality teaching, learning and research facilities. In 2010, the University completed a $800 million project to renew, rebuild and enhance our campuses.

We create leaders

Many graduates from the University of Sydney are leaders, both nationally and on the world stage, in government, business, industry, the arts and sporting arena. University of Sydney alumni include:

  • Former Prime Ministers John Howard, Gough Whitlam, William McMahon and Edmund Barton
  • Former Governors-General Sir William Deane and Sir John Kerr
  • Four of the seven current members of the High Court of Australia
  • Aboriginal leaders Dr Charles Perkins and Noel Pearson
  • Entertainers the Chaser Boys, The Vines and Tim Freedman from the Whitlams
  • Broadcasters Clive James, Adam Spencer, Julie McCrossin and Mary Kostakidis
  • Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government, now President of the Royal Society, Professor Lord Robert May
  • Sir John Cornforth, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Theatre director John Bell of Bell Shakespeare
  • Film directors Jane Campion and Bruce Beresford
  • 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks