Outcome of application

Application processing time

In general, undergraduate applications will be processed in four weeks or less from the time of receipt.

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • it is missing any information
  • your documents are incomplete
  • your qualifications are not known to us
  • you are requesting credit for previous study.

Please note: we receive many applications just before the two main deadlines each year (31 October and 30 April), so delays may be experienced at these times. When this occurs, we prioritise applications for the upcoming semester.

Application outcome

If your application to the University of Sydney is successful, you will be offered a place in the course you have selected. Remember, we cannot guarantee you a place in your preferred course. Even if you meet all the entry requirements, the offer of a place ultimately depends on the number of places available in the course during the year you apply.

When a decision has been made, the University will email you at the address given on your application (or contact your agent, if you are using one).

If your application is successful, you will receive either a Firm Offer or a Conditional Offer.

A Conditional Offer means that some additional paperwork or actions are required before your application can be finalised. For example, you might receive a Conditional Offer if you have yet to satisfy our English language requirements, or still need to provide us with final results from your current course.

After you have satisfied the conditions of your Conditional Offer, we can then issue you with a Firm Offer.

If your application is not successful

If you are not offered a place in your preferred course, we will write to you to explain why your application was not accepted. If you listed a second or third preference on your application, you will be automatically considered for those courses if you miss out on your first choice.

If your application is unsuccessful, you could consider enrolling in the University of Sydney Foundation Program, which prepares international students for undergraduate study. Or if you missed out because you didn’t meet the English language requirements, you could take a course at our Centre for English Teaching (CET).