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Summer School

Summer and Winter school gives you the opportunity to complete units outside standard semesters.

You might be looking to accelerate your course, catch up on a failed unit of study, balance your timetable, or study subjects outside of your current course.

How does it work?

Units of study are offered over three intensive summer sessions between December and February, and then in July through our Winter School.

Summer December (Session 1)

Early December – Late January

Summer Main (Session 2)

Early January – Mid February

Summer Late (Session 3)

Mid January – Late February



Some subjects run for six weeks while others are shorter. You can enrol in a maximum of two units of study in the summer sessions, and one in the winter session.

If the unit of study meets your course progression and you have satisfied the prerequisites, you will be able to credit it towards your degree and it will appear on your student record and academic transcript.

What can I study?

Find out what units are available, including fees, teaching dates and timetables on the subject list.

As Summer School study is an intensive program, you will not be permitted to have clashes between any units of study, so make sure you check the timetables before you apply.

You are required to attend class for a minimum of 80 percent of the specified contact hours for each subject.

Not-for-credit study

You can also take interest-only subjects (known as ‘audit’ subjects) that will not be assessed, meaning you won’t receive a mark or grade upon completion. Credit points are not awarded for these subjects so you won’t receive credit towards your degree.


All units of study offered through Summer School are full-fee-paying. HECS-HELP is not available even if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place in your University of Sydney course.

See our indicative fees page for more information.

If eligible, you may be able to apply for FEE-HELP to assist with these fees.

How to apply

Submit an application for Summer or Winter School through Sydney Student.

Application open and close dates will depend on your chosen unit and are available on the Summer School website.

  1. Choose your unit of study
    Review the unit of study list for unit availability, timetable, tuition fees and any academic prerequisites for admission. You can apply to enrol in a maximum of two units of study in summer sessions, and one unit in the winter session.

  2. Submit your application
    Log in to Sydney Student, and follow the prompts to submit your application (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Summer/Winter school’).

    If you have chosen a unit from your degree plan or you need to apply to waive a prerequisite, you’ll need to apply for Special Permission.

  3. Pay your fees
    If your application is approved, you’ll be added to the unit(s) and your Student Financial Statement in Sydney Student will be updated to reflect this.

    As with other units, you'll need to pay your fees by the due date on your statement.

    If you’re eligible and would like to apply for FEE-HELP, you'll need to complete a ‘Request for FEE-HELP assistance’ form (go to 'My finance', 'Your finances', then 'Government forms').

    You need to pay or defer your fees within four calendar days of enrolment, otherwise you may be withdrawn from the unit.

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