University opens door for brightest Chinese students

21 February 2012

The University of Sydney's mission to attract the best students domestically and internationally has been given a boost with a new arrangement which will make it easier for China's top students to study here.

Effective immediately, the University of Sydney has determined that students who have completed the China National Education Entrance Examination (the 'Gaokao'), and who have attained a 'Tier One' result, may apply directly for admission into an undergraduate program at the University, provided they meet the University's English language and special entry requirements.

In the past these students would have had to undertake foundation studies before being able to apply for direct admission.

The arrangement was initiated by the University of Sydney Business School, which put the proposal to the University's Academic Board, which approved the arrangement for all undergraduate courses university wide.

It means some of China's top students who may have opted for other tertiary institutions overseas where foundation studies were not required, may now choose to study at the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney has a proud association with China's academic institutions and Chinese students, with more than 150 academics working on or in China, more than 4000 students already studying here and more than 20,000 Chinese alumni.

The relationship is bolstered by the University's China Studies Centre, which started operations in January 2011. It was established to provide coordination and direction to the study of China and Chinese culture at the University. In addition to supporting research and scholarship, the centre teaches several postgraduate programs in China Studies and interacts with business, government and community activities concerned with the study of China in both China and Australia.

"The University is proud to be one of the most engaged universities with China in the world," said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

"This new arrangement will see even more of China's top students opt to study here and will further increase our high-level engagement in years to come."

Acting Dean of the University of Sydney Business School Professor Tyrone Carlin said the University was one of the few top-tier universities in Australia offering this arrangement, showing leadership and furthering our intention to attract the very best students.

He said Australian government research into the Gaokao confirmed its academic integrity and the likely success of students under this arrangement.

"We aim for the best students and know this arrangement will help attract the highest quality students with excellent potential. The University of Sydney Business School looks forward to welcoming some of China's top business minds."

The entry score required for admission into an Undergraduate program can be found here(PDF 123KB). Potential students should note that for some courses special entry requirements may apply in addition to the Gaokao score.

These scores are based on and equivalent to the marks required by Chinese students for admission to TierOne universities in China in 2011 and vary depending on the province in which the Gaokao examination is undertaken.The entry scores required by Chinese universities also vary from year to year and accordingly the University of Sydney will subject the required scores to an annual review.The entry scores listed in the table apply across all undergraduate programs, regardless of the published ATAR required for each program.

Students who do not meet these minimum entry requirements may still apply to the University of Sydney via the University of Sydney Foundation Program. The Foundation Program is conducted by Taylors Institute of Advanced Studies Ltd College on behalf of Study Group Australia and the University of Sydney. The Foundation Program allows both first and second semester entry to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney and other universities within Australia.

The University of Sydney Foundation Program has established a record of successful university entry with more than 80 percent of students gaining entry into undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney and the rest to other Australian institutions.

For further information on international admission to the University please see recognised international secondary qualifications and international undergraduate entry requirements.

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