Recognised qualifications

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The information on this page is for international students (who are not citizens of Australia or New Zealand or not a permanent resident of Australia).

To be considered for admission into an undergraduate course at the University of Sydney, you need to have completed a recognised senior secondary (high school) qualification. For a list of senior secondary qualifications that the University recognises for undergraduate admission visit the Overseas Qualification List page.

Admission to the University is highly competitive, so simply completing one of these qualifications does not guarantee you a place in your chosen course. You also need to have achieved a certain result in that qualification. In addition, you must also meet the University’s English requirements and any other additional requirements that may apply to your course.

  • For a guide to required grades for some common senior secondary qualifications refer to Academic requirements.

If the University does not recognise your senior secondary qualification, there are other ways you can be considered for admission.

  • You could successfully complete a minimum of one full-time year of study in a bachelor degree at a recognised tertiary institution or an equivalent tertiary qualification accepted by the University, with the required grades.
  • You could complete a university preparation course through the University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) with the required grades.