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Flexible study

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For plenty of our students, university is one of many commitments. Whether you’re balancing work, family or life in general, many of our programs of study can be tailored to fit around your schedule.

Personalise your timetable

At Sydney, you’ll have the freedom to customise your timetable to fit your studies around other commitments.

Subjects taught in larger cohorts, such as Psychology, Law or English, often run repeat lectures throughout the week.

You’ll automatically be assigned to a lecture group when you enrol, but you can view all lecture and tutorial times on the timetable and apply to move to a different time slot.

Study in the evenings

Some faculties offer lectures after 6pm to accommodate postgraduate students who work during the day.

Check your preferred units of study in Find a course and look at the ‘study mode’ details.

Go part time

Some undergraduate and postgraduate courses allow you to study part time if you're a domestic student. Check Find a course to see if part-time study is available for the course of your choice. 

If you have formally enrolled in a full-time course load, you can log into MyUni any time before the HECS census date to drop down to two subjects without financial penalty.

Concerned about losing student benefits such as your transport concession or Centrelink support? Bear in mind that you can study three subjects per semester (75 percent of full-time study) to retain your status as a full-time student.

Part-time study is not usually available for international students, as their student visa requires full-time study (24 credit points). However, an application to reduce your study load may be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Learn online

Many faculties offer postgraduate degrees that incorporate online units of study. This means you can access our world-class educational resources and teaching methods from anywhere in Australia.

To find subjects offered in distance mode, use Find a course to check the available study modes for the units of study you’re likely to be taking within your preferred course.

Even with on-campus units of study, lecturers often upload resources and materials to MyUni, including live lecture recordings. These are made available after the class, and remain accessible until the end of semester.

Participation in online student discussion forums on MyUni may be an assessable part of a unit of study or, in some cases, replace a face-to-face tutorial or seminar.

Study offshore

International students can take a University of Sydney course at one of our offshore campuses. You don’t need to visit Australia, so you don’t need a student visa.

Offshore courses are offered by the Sydney Law School and Sydney Nursing School.

Study in block mode

Some faculties offer courses in block mode (also called ‘away from base’ or ‘intensive’) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

This means you can attend three intensive sessions (one or more days) each semester on campus. The remainder of the course is completed independently at home. Check Find a course to see if your course is available in block mode.  

Suspend your studies

Suspending your studies allows you to take a break from studying while keeping your place in the course. You can request to suspend for a semester, research period or for a full academic year.

To suspend your studies for more than one year, you will need to apply to the dean of your faculty.

If you’re a research student and want to take a break from your studies for less than 12 weeks, apply for a leave of absence.

If you are an international student on an Australian Student Visa, you may only suspend your studies for compelling or compassionate reasons.

You can apply to suspend your studies through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Course details’). This should be submitted before the relevant census date.

Discontinue your studies

Discontinuing your course will end your enrolment in your current degree at the University of Sydney. If you want to resume your candidature or undertake future study at the University, you will need to submit a new application.

If you're a student visa holder, find out about considerations for discontinuing your studies.

You can apply to discontinue your studies through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Course details’). This should be submitted before the relevant census date.