Current international students

Government and Student Relations Unit

The Government and Student Relations team includes skilled Student Advisers who offer specialised advice and support to international students in relation to a broad range of issues, relating to both Government and University policies, that they may encounter during their studies at the University. The Government and Student Relations Unit provides support through:

MyUni student portal

MyUni is your online centre for University information and services, including email, news, course information and help. This service is available to all enrolled students.

Services for Students

To assist you in achieving your educational goals, the University of Sydney provides services to facilitate your success at University.

  • Student support services: Counselling, disability, child care, chaplains, accommodation, financial, Careers Centre, IT, Library, academic support services, and much more to facilitate your success at University.
  • Transport and security: Public transport, parking, bicycle access, and safety and security on and off campus.
  • Student life: Take advantage of the many student clubs and societies, sports facilities, food, banks and cultural events on campus.
  • Summer/Winter School: Enrol in Summer or Winter School to finish your degree sooner, reduce your workload throughout the rest of the year or repeat units of study.
  • Accommodation: Find information about and search for accommodation available on or near the University’s campuses.
  • Student administration: Information about enrolments, changing degrees, HECS and Domestic Fees, timetables, examinations and graduations.
  • Student campus cards: Your University of Sydney Student Campus Card is your University ID card. You could also use it for: travel concessions, borrowing library books, student discounts and after-hours access to buildings.
  • SydneyTalent: This is an initiative of the University of Sydney that connects outstanding students and graduates with a wide range of employers and industries for part-time and full-time work opportunities.

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000

The ESOS Act sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. For more information visit the ESOS Act webpage.

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service for international students. The TPS replaces the Tuition Assurance Scheme and the ESOS Assurance Fund. On the rare occasions that a provider is unable to deliver a course an international student has paid for and does not meet their legal obligations to make alternative course replacements or provide a refund, the TPS will assist students to find an alternative place or, if this is not possible, provide a refund of any unspent tuition fees. Please refer to the TPS Brochure (on the right) for further information.

World events and natural disasters: Assistance to Students

The Counselling and Psychological Service (CAPS) staff are available to assist you if you are worried or distressed about your family or friends back home following natural or other disasters or events in your home country.

They can also help you to develop the skills to build strengths, improve well-being and achieve academic success. Their services are free and confidential and available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Sydney.

Contact CAPS
Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building
T +61 2 8627 8433 or +61 2 8627 8437
CAPS website

Think Before - A Student Safety Initiative

Many of the 650,000 overseas students in Australia are not accustomed to the danger signs in our urbanised society and some have been placing themselves in high risk situations. Think Before is one of many safety awareness initiatives authored and promoted by police across all states and territories in Australia to help improve the safety of international students.

Seven key safety messages are:

  1. Whenever possible travel in groups. Risk is created by travelling alone.
  2. Keep valuables such as mobile phones, laptops and MP3 players out of sight and stay aware of your surroundings when travelling on public transport.
  3. Outside of peak times and at night travel in the front carriage of the train with the driver. Where possible do not travel in empty carriages.
  4. Check public transport timetables in advance. Avoid long waits on platforms and around public transport hubs. If you do have a long wait stay in well lit areas or near open shops.
  5. Walk in well lit areas even if it means your trip is longer.
  6. Avoid short cuts through dark isolated areas.
  7. If you feel threatened in any way while walking on the street go to a shop or a house with its lights on (if at night) and ask for police to be contacted.