How to apply


Students may apply to the University as a direct applicants or via our range of partnerships and registered University of Sydney agents. If you apply via a partner or agent, they may be able to lodge your application on your behalf. Contact the applicable partner or agent for more information.

If you are required to submit the application directly to the University (this includes direct study abroad applicants or exchange students nominated by your home university), you may lodge your application personally via the Online application process.

It is important you ensure you meet the admission requirements for the Study Abroad Program before proceeding to apply. Admission to the program is not automatic and each applicant will be assessed against the admission requirements.

If you are interested in the Study Abroad Internship Program, you may indicate this on your application form at the appropriate section.

Application deadlines

To start in March semester: 30 November
To start in July semester: 30 April

Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email for more information.

The academic year in Australia begins in early March. The March semester, or Semester 1, runs from early March to late June, exams inclusive. The July semester, or Semester 2, runs from late July to late November. Please check the complete list of university teaching dates.


Postgraduate Research Programs

If you would like to undertake full-time research at the University of Sydney on a fee-paying basis for one or two semesters, you can apply for the Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program. If you are currently enrolled at a Partner University, you should check your eligibility to apply for the Postgraduate Research Exchange Program.

The Postgraduate Research Programs:

  • is open to all graduate-level research students enrolled in a masters by research or PhD at any recognised university or college;
  • allows students to undertake supervised research at the University of Sydney for one to two semesters with the approval of your home institution. Students are to discuss research plans with your home university supervisor and establish contact with an appropriate supervisor at Sydney; and
  • involves payment of tuition fees if the application is for the fee-based Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program

Please contact Kristin Johnson, Study Abroad Adviser, at for any questions regarding gathering your documentation or completing the online application form for the Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program

For research opportunities for less than 6 months in duration, please refer to information on Training and Research offered through the HR Service Centre.


Online application process

To apply online, please select the applicable course from the table below. You can save an incomplete application and return to it later.

Note that if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand citizen, you cannot apply for the Study Abroad Program but may be permitted to apply for the Exchange Program. Contact if you have any questions.

Please read the hints for the completing the application listed below the table before you start your application.

Students who wish to participate in the Postgraduate Research Exchange or Postgraduate Research Study Abroad are required to provide additional information with their application.

In selecting the correct application from the table below you must consider first if you are:

  • A Study Abroad (fee-paying) student or an Exchange (tuition-waiver) student? (selection course from appropriate column);
  • An Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework student? (select course from appropriate row);
  • A Postgraduate Research Exchange or Postgraduate Research Study Abroad student? (select course from appropriate row); and
  • Intending to study for One semester or Two semesters? (select course from appropriate row).
Study Abroad Program/Visiting International Research Student Exchange Program
Undergraduate Study Abroad Program (One Semester) Undergraduate Exchange Program (One Semester)
Undergraduate Study Abroad Program (Two Semesters) Undergraduate Exchange Program (Two Semesters)
Postgraduate Coursework Study Abroad Program (One Semester) Postgraduate Coursework Exchange Program (One Semester)
Postgraduate Coursework Study Abroad Program (Two Semesters) Postgraduate Coursework Exchange Program (Two Semesters)
Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program (One Semester) Postgraduate Research Exchange Program (One Semester)
Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program (Two Semesters) Postgraduate Research Exchange Program (Two Semesters)
Hints for completing the online application
  • File size for uploads – the maximum size for file uploads in 10mb.
  • Name and Date of Birth formatting – "Given Name" is your first name (and middle name/s if applicable). "Family Name" is your last name/surname. Date of birth should be entered in Day/Month/Year format.
  • Student personal email address – The application cannot be processed without your personal email address and mailing address.
  • Citizenship/residency status – Choose the "Other/Non-resident" option.
  • Highest Qualification Details – Choose "An incomplete higher education course" from the drop-down menu. "Last year of participation" should be the year you are currently enrolled.
  • Academic Qualifications – Enter your University level "Qualification" from the drop-down list. Undergraduate applicants choose Bachelors degree. Postgraduate applicants must add 1 record for their Bachelors degree and 1 record for their Postgraduate degree.
  • List of student's preferred units of study – Units of study are typed directly into fields on the online application form (there is no longer a separate PDF document to submit for this). You can search for units of study using the Sydney Courses unit of study search function. Section not required for students applying for the Postgraduate Research Exchange Program or Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program.
  • Passport (optional) – If you include a copy of your passport photo page, this will help us verify your personal details are correct eg: name order and date of birth.
  • Current official academic transcript – Ensure your uploaded file shows the grading scale/system. If the original transcript is issued in a language other than English, you must also upload an English translation.
  • Evidence of completion of Bachelor degree (for postgraduate applicants only) – An English translation of this document should also be submitted if the original is not issued in English.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency – This is NOT required if you have successfully completed and passed a minimum of 1 year of full-time study at University level which has been taught and assessed in English). Otherwise, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency using one of the approved tests listed on our website. Upload a copy of your official test score report (IELTS, TOEFL-IBT, Pearsons, etc.) or other evidence.
In addition to the information requested in the application, students who wish to apply for Postgraduate Research Exchange Program or Postgraduate Research Study Abroad Program are required to provide the following documentation:
  • Current official academic transcript (Master/PhD degree) – An English translation of this document should also be submitted if the original is not issued in English.
  • Research supervisor information – Title of the your proposed research project here at the University of Sydney, along with a letter/evidence from the intended supervisor that he or she is happy to supervise the your research project
  • Letter of Financial Guarantee – Scholarship recipients must also provide a letter of financial guarantee confirming payment for tuition fees and OSHC prior to acceptance

Guidelines for the submission of application documents

The University of Sydney accepts scanned documents submitted online in support of applications for admission to courses of study. All supporting documents must be true and complete records.

You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time. Detailed checking of supporting documents is an inherent element of our admissions process and may involve contacting the original issuing authority or relevant tertiary admissions centre, or other organisation (whether education or otherwise), or individual, whether in Australia or overseas, to verify documents.

A failure to provide documents on request, or the discovery of either fraudulent documents or a misrepresentation of true circumstances in association with your application, may lead to the rejection of your application for admission, the withdrawal of your offer, or the cancellation of your enrolment.

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation. The University accepts translations to English made by an accredited translator with a government body, the Registrar of the issuing institution or, for international applicants, registered University of Sydney education agents who have been designated as translators. Applicants from the Peoples' Republic of China may have their academic transcripts referred to the Ministry of Education's China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre (CDGDC) for authentication.


Disability information

If you have a disability you could be eligible for support services offered by the University of Sydney. If you would like this assistance, it is important that you apply as early as possible, preferably before you begin your study.

Disability services in Australia may differ from those offered in your home country, so it is important for us to know what you require. This will assist us in advising you of the relevant support services available. A Disability Services Officer can help you with your registration. Please contact the Disability Services for more information.