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Choose your units of study and enrol

You’ve reached the final stages of becoming a University of Sydney student. Once you’ve enrolled, there are a few more things to do before you are ready for class.

Enrolment is the process by which you secure your place in a course and choose your subjects for the coming semester or year. You do this using Sydney Student.

If you have questions or need assistance during the online enrolment process, please contact us or download our Introduction to selecting units of study – a step-by-step PDF guide.

After you've enrolled, you can change your unit of study – within limits. You can add a new unit of study any time up until the end of the second week of semester. If you decide to drop a unit, you have until the census date. There may be a financial and academic penalty if you discontinue after this date.

If you are joining us at the start of the year, you may also need to select your units of study for Semester 2.

Deciding on your units of study

Most students are required to select units of study as part of enrolment. (This doesn't apply to Summer/Winter School, cross-institutional, non-award, or study abroad/exchange students.)

Unit of study choice is important. You can refer to your faculty handbook, use faculty course planning resources and attend in-person academic advice sessions to assist you. 

  1. Familiarise yourself with terms used by your faculty, such as unit of study, major, discipline and school.
  2. Identify the subject areas that interest you most.
  3. Check to see if there are any compulsory units of study, and whether you need to complete them in a specific year of your course.
  4. Consider the prerequisites for units you might like to take later in your course.
  5. Make sure your choice of units of study meets the minimum requirements of your degree.

When to enrol

Enrolment dates vary from semester to semester, between courses and cohorts (domestic and international; postgraduate and undergraduate).

We will send you an email to let you know when enrolment opens for you, with instructions. So it's important to check your University email account regularly, through MyUni.

Once enrolment is open for you, you can accept your offer. You will then receive an email from us within 48 hours of accepting your offer. This will invite you to enrol, and tell you how to activate your UniKey and Sydney Mail email account.

Please contact us if you have not received these instructions within 48 hours of accepting your offer.

If you are using assistive technology and have difficulty using the online enrolment system, we can help you complete your enrolment on campus. Please contact our Disability Services support team.

You are a continuing student if you are currently enrolled and are required to re-enrol for the coming academic year.

You are considered a returning student if you are currently on approved leave and are restarting your studies soon.

Either way, we will email you course-specific information at the appropriate time telling you about how and when to enrol. This is normally at the end of the year or the preceding semester.

What happens next?

Whether you're a new or continuing student, we'll send an email to your Sydney Mail account confirming your unit of study selections and other information provided during enrolment. Check these details carefully and tell us immediately if anything is incorrect.

If everything is right – congratulations! You’re enrolled. There are just a few more things to do.

Know your responsibilities

Your enrolment comes with certain conditions, and it is important that you understand these.

Pay your fees

Once you complete your enrolment, you'll be able to look up your fees under 'My finances' in Sydney Student. To prevent any late charges or delays, please pay your fees by the due date shown on your electronic Statement of Fees.

Find out more about paying your fees.

Buy course-specific equipment, textbooks and course notes

Textbooks and notes can be purchased at several locations on campus. Depending on your course, you may also need to buy specific course equipment, such as lab coats and safety glasses.

Find out where to buy books, notes and equipment.

Collect your student card

Your card identifies you as a student of the University of Sydney. It also allows you to access a range of services, including the University libraries, and can be used as proof of entitlement for a Concession Opal travel card (if you are eligible).

Find out how to get your student card.

Download your timetable

You can access your timetable in February (Semester 1) or June (Semester 2) through MyUni. If you wish, you may be able to select specific lectures and tutorial groups.