Application procedure for international students

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How to apply for coursework courses

If you are a future international student ask a question here or phone 1800 793 864 (within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia) regarding face-to-face, distance, non-award and cross-institutional study

All applications are now made online - follow the 'apply now' links from the course description for the program of your choice

Essential documentation:

  • Evidence of Citizenship i.e. front page of passport. Note applicants residing in Australia must also provide a copy of the Australian visa
  • Marriage certificate or other documentation to verify name change if applicable
  • Transcripts of all academic qualifications except for studies completed at the University of Sydney
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) outlining employment history and relevant experience

Additional documentation required for:

  • Biostatistics applicants:
    Evidence of mathematical aptitude and evidence of previous study in statistics. Applicants will also need to complete the Biostatistics unit of study form and student contact details form, which can be found here.
  • International Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Sciences and Refractive Surgery applicants:
    Evidence of your current employment.
    Documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation
  • Surgery applicants:
    Documentary evidence regarding level of surgical training (FRACS, SET, or SSTN) or equivalent
    Documentary evidence from any other professional associations or for examinations completed (if applicable)
    Masters candidates must specialise in one of the following streams: Breast Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Endovascular Surgery,Hand Surgery, Head and Neck, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Surgical Outcomes, Transplant Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery

How to apply for research courses

To apply for one of our research courses please see the University's admissions procedures for international applicants to research courses, or follow the 'apply now' links from the course description.

Please note that you are also required to attach a detailed description of your proposed research topic which includes a synopsis, objectives, methodology, resources and references.

Before you do this, you are advised to contact the relevant postgraduate coordinator in order to discuss potential research topics, ensure that appropriate research facilities are available and to find out about potential supervisors with expertise in the relevant field. You can also find current research opportunities at Research Supervisor Connect. This is a vital step which you should make prior to submitting your application – admission to research programs will depend on the availability of resources, facilities and supervisors with relevant expertise, as well as your qualifications and experience.

How to apply for individual subjects via non-award or cross institutional study

You may enrol in and undertake individual subjects or "units of study” rather than a full award course. In most cases this is considered to be “non-award” study, but if you are doing the subject for an award course for which you have enrolled at another institution then it will be called “cross institutional” study.

To apply for non-award study please click here
To apply for cross institutional study please click here

The units of study available are all delivered at a postgraduate level and therefore applicants are requested to provide a copy of transcripts. Some units of study are specifically designed for students with specific assumed knowledge and therefore applicants may be asked to provide additional information.

Fees vary depending on an applicant’s citizenship or permanent residency and therefore applicants are asked to provide copies of their passport or birth certificate.

If you are granted an offer of admission you will then need to enrol in the subject and undertake all the necessary study and assessment requirements. The University of Sydney enrolment and assessment policies will all apply to your study and your enrolment and results will be recorded on your academic transcript.

In some cases it is possible to “audit” a subject, in which case you would not need to enrol or undertake the assessment. Please contact the unit of study coordinator to determine if this is an option, if you wish to audit a unit of study. It should be noted that the University of Sydney will not provide credit towards an award course for an audited subject.

Student visa:
If you do not have a visa that allows you to study in Australia then you will need to apply through the
International Office and you must study full-time (18-24 credit points) to be eligible for a student visa.

For more information click here to ask a question or phone 1800 793 864 (within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

The units of study available through Sydney Medical School are all delivered at a postgraduate level and therefore applicants are requested to provide a copy of transcripts. Also fees vary depending on an applicant’s citizenship or permanent residency and therefore applicants are asked to provide copies of their passport or birth certificate.

Essential documentation:

  • Copy of passport or birth certificate. Note that international students residing in Australia on temporary residency visas must also include a copy of the visa as well as the front page of the passport.
  • Marriage certificate or other documentation to verify name change if applicable.
  • Transcripts of all academic qualifications except for studies completed at the University of Sydney.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you MUST demonstrate English language proficiency by one of the following means before admission can be confirmed.

  1. Provide evidence of satisfactory achievement in tertiary studies in which the exclusive language of the institution and the exclusive language of instruction, examination and assessment was English. These studies must have been undertaken no more than 5 years prior to the submission of your application.
  2. Achieve the required grades in “English for Academic Purposes” at the University’s Centre for English Teaching. The course must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to the submission of your application.
  3. Achieve the required grades on an IELTS or TOEFL test. The required grades are listed below. The test results must be achieved less than 2 years prior to the submission of your application. For more information on these tests, please visit the IELTS website or the TOEFL website.

The Academic Board policy Postgraduate English Language Requirements is available at Policy Register.

Closing dates for international applications

Please note the dates below refer to applications for ON CAMPUS degrees. If you are planing to study a distance course please refer to the Domestic application closing dates.

University of Sydney closing dates for international applications, (on campus degrees) are as follows:
31st January for commencement in Semester 1 (i.e. commencement in March)
30th June for commencement in Semester 2 (i.e. commencement in July)

Offer of admission

The International Office (or Student Services for distance courses) will contact you in writing once a decision has been made regarding your application.

If your application has been successful, you will be sent an ‘offer of admission’ letter providing details of your candidature. This letter should be checked carefully and any questions about the terms of the offer should be referred to the International Office(or Student Services for distance courses).

Unsuccessful applicants will also receive written notification.

The letter of offer only offers you a place in a course; it may be a conditional offer, requiring you to provide further information. You must still enrol if you accept the offer. If details of enrolment are not included with the letter of offer then the Unit will contact you closer to your commencement date with details on how to enrol.

Please note: The electronic confirmation of enrolment issued by the International Office is a document for you to use when applying for a student visa, showing that you intend to enrol. You must still come and enrol at Student Services before you can commence your study, whether by coursework or research.

Non-acceptance of an offer

If for any reason you are unable to accept an offer of admission, please notify the International Office (or Student Services for distance courses) as soon as possible.

Please note: The University of Sydney is unable to keep unsuccessful applications or applications of students who do not accept an offer of admission. Therefore, if you wish to reapply in the future, you will be required to lodge a new application.

Deferral of commencement

If you have been given an offer of admission but can't enrol for the semester of the offer, you can apply to defer your enrolment until the next intake. Note that deferrals are not automatically granted, particularly for research applicants as the funds to support the research project may only be available for a limited period.

If you have a Sydney Student Portal, please complete your request through it. Others can complete a request for deferment by:

International students in face-to-face courses including research degrees should follow the deferral instructions provided by the International Office.

All distance education students should submit a deferral request through their Sydney Student Portal

  • your name
  • your student number
  • the course you have been made an offer for
  • which semester you wish to defer until (e.g. semester 1, 2014)
  • and a brief reason why you are asking for the deferral.

Credit for previous study

You can apply for credit at the same time you submit your course application via Sydney Student. Such requests must be supported by documentary evidence of having enrolled and satisfactorily completed the relevant subject, such as certified transcripts, and course outlines to show the relevance of the subject. Your previous study must be relevant to the course to which you are applying. The granting of credit is limited and for further details please refer to both your Course Coordinator and the Advanced standing, credit, waiver and exemption policy of the Combined Board of Postgraduate Studies for Sydney Medical School and the Faculties of Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery, and Pharmacy.