Credit for previous studies

Credit for previous studies, sometimes also referred to as ‘transfer credit’ or ‘advanced standing’, is when some of your previous credit is transferred towards your upcoming degree. The granting of credit may result in a shorter course duration.

If you choose to apply for credit, your application will be assessed by the relevant faculty you wish to enrol with.

The faculty will also determine how much credit you can receive, and whether it will be granted for specified or unspecified units of study.

Specified versus unspecified credits

  • If you receive specified credits for core (compulsory) units of study, you won’t have to enrol for those specific subjects, and can make your own choice of elective (non-compulsory) subjects.
  • If you receive unspecified credits then you will still need to take any core units of study, but you can choose fewer elective units.

Course duration

Depending on the number of credits granted, you may find the length of your course at the University of Sydney is reduced. If you are planning to study here on a student visa, remember that you are usually required to maintain a full-time enrolment in all semesters.