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Check here for important dates such as when applications open and close and offers are made, and when classes start.

Admission-related dates vary, depending on many factors:

  • your specific course
  • the level of your program (undergraduate, postgraduate or research)
  • your method of application (through UAC or direct to the University)
  • your citizenship (domestic or international applicant).

Below we outline some of the major dates in the admissions calendar, but for specific advice it's best to contact us directly.

Our teaching year has two semesters, beginning in March and June.

Application dates for courses usually open and close at similar times, but there are many variations. If you're applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), the best place to check dates for your specific University of Sydney course is UAC's website:

Admission dates by month

August

  • Open Day
  • Applications open for Semester 1 entry the following year

Join us at Open Day to meet with staff and students to get a feel for life at Sydney. It’s usually on the last Saturday of August.

September – November 

  • UAC applications close

Domestic undergraduate students need to submit their application to UAC no later than 30 September. Late applications may be accepted (with an additional cost).

December – January

  • Info Day
  • UAC main round offers released

Year 12 students receive their ATAR in mid-December. At this point, there’s still time to update your course preferences with UAC. If you’re still undecided or your results are substantially different to what you expected, come along to Info Day to evaluate your options. 

Your preferences should be finalised no later than the first week of January. Now is also the time to check out alternative entry pathways into university if your ATAR didn’t quite reach the course cut off. 

Main round offers are made in the second half of January via the UAC website. You need to accept this offer within one week or it will be rescinded and offered to another applicant in later rounds.

February

  • Second, third and fourth round UAC offers
  • Orientation

Following the main round, UAC releases further offers in four waves throughout February. You may receive one if you submitted your application late, or did not receive an offer in the main round.

All students are encouraged to attend Orientation in the week before semester to meet senior members of their faculty, teaching staff and fellow students before classes begin. 

March

  • Semester 1 begins
  • Semester 1 HECS census date

Once classes start, you have two weeks to try out different subjects (depending on the flexibility within your degree), as long as you finalise your enrolment no later than the Friday of Week 2.

If you change your mind about a unit of study, you can still withdraw without financial penalty before the census date. This usually falls on the last working day of March.

June

  • Applications close for the Semester 2 intake

Visit Find a course to see which degrees are open for mid-year entry.

July

  • Semester 2 Orientation
  • Classes begin for Semester 2

Faculties welcoming new students in Semester 2 will host orientation events in the week before the start of lectures.

August

  • Semester 2 HECS census date
  • Applications open for Semester 1 of the following year.

As with the start of Semester 1, you can try out different subjects before finalising your enrolment at the end of Week 2.

Units can be dropped, but not added, without financial penalty any time before the Semester 2 HECS census date, which is usually the last working day in August.

If you are applying for a postgraduate coursework program, or you're an international applicant (undergraduate or postgraduate), you can apply directly to us through Find a course.

We accept direct applications for most coursework programs:

  • Until the end of January for entry in Semester 1 (commencing March)
  • Until end-June for entry in Semester 2 (commencing July)

Some courses have different closing dates, so check the exact details at Find a course.

Direct applications are assessed by our Admissions Office and the relevant faculty. The outcome of your application will be emailed to you within a few weeks (timeframes vary between faculties).

You will receive notice of the outcome of your application any time up to the first week of Semester 1 or 2.

Admission dates by month

August

  • Open Day
  • Applications open for Semester 1 of the following year.
  • Semester 2 HECS census date

Join us at Open Day to meet with staff and students to get a feel for life at Sydney. It’s usually held on the last Saturday of August.

If you have already accepted a place in a course, you can try out different units of study before finalising your enrolment at the end of week 2 of August.

Units can be dropped, but not added, without financial penalty any time before the Semester 2 HECS census date, which is usually the last working day in August.

January

  • Info Day
  • Applications close for Semester 1 intake

Most applications for the Semester 1 intake close at the end of January. There are some exceptions, such as the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine – check the details at Find a course.

February

All students are encouraged to attend Orientation in the week before semester to meet senior members of their faculty, teaching staff and fellow students before classes begin.

March

  • Semester 1 begins
  • Semester 1 HECS census date

Once classes start, you have two weeks to shop around and try out different subjects (depending on the flexibility within your degree), as long as you finalise your enrolment no later than the Friday of Week 2.

If you change your mind about a unit of study, you can still withdraw without financial penalty before the census date. This usually falls on the last working day of March.

June

  • Applications close for Semester 2 intake

The majority of our postgraduate coursework programs have a Semester 2 intake. Apply before the end of June.

July

  • Semester 2 begins

Faculties welcoming new students in Semester 2 will host orientation events in the week prior to the start of lectures.

We accept applications for higher degree by research (HDR) all year round.

There are four research periods each year when you can start your study with us.

Research period 3, 2015

1 July to 30 September
Enrol between 1 April and 31 August
Commence by the census date: 31 August

Research period 4, 2015

1 October to 31 December
Enrol between 1 September and 31 October
Commence by the census date: 31 October

Research period 1, 2016

1 January to 28 February
Enrol between 1 December 2015 and 31 January 2016
Commence by the census date: 31 January 2016

Research period 2, 2016

1 March to 30 June
Enrol between 1 February and 31 March
Commence by the census date: 31 March

Not all faculties offer all research periods; some only commence new students in periods 2 and 3. Visit Find a course to find the starting semester for your degree.