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How to apply for study abroad and student exchange

Eligibility and applying to study in Australia

Student exchange and study abroad are separate programs for studying in Australia as part of your degree. Each program has a different process for applying, which is outlined below.

Eligibility

  • If you are visiting through a reciprocal agreement, you will require a nomination from your home institution. Get in touch with them to discuss applying.
  • You need to have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or an average grade of ‘C’ or better on the European ECTS grading scale (or equivalent).
  • You need to meet the English entry requirements.
  • You need to have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or an average grade of ‘C’ or better on the European ECTS grading scale (or equivalent).
  • You need to meet the English entry requirements.

For those just finishing secondary school or in their first year of university study, this program is an excellent way to earn credit at the University of Sydney. With over 170 semester-long units of study with no pre-requisites or assumed knowledge, you’re spoilt for choice. The flat rate study abroad semester-long program tuition fees apply. Gap and first year applicants will be assessed on their secondary qualification. You also need to meet English entry requirements.

How to apply

Where your home university has a reciprocal relationship with the University of Sydney, also known as an exchange partner agreement, you need to contact your home institution for the application process.

You can check to see if your home institution has a reciprocal agreement with the University of Sydney.  

How to apply for study abroad

If your home university does not have a relationship with the University of Sydney or you have another reason for wanting to enrol in the study abroad program, you will need to follow the step-by-step instructions below.

It will take a lot of research and planning to complete your study abroad application – we recommend starting as early as you can. You will have a better idea of what is involved in the application process by logging into the application system, you can save and return to it later and there is no obligation to complete the form in any time period.

If your home university does not have a relationship with the University of Sydney or you have another reason for wanting to enrol in the study abroad program, you will need to follow the step-by-step instructions below.

It will take a lot of research and planning to complete your study abroad application – we recommend starting as early as you can. You will have a better idea of what is involved in the application process by logging into the application system, you can save and return to it later and there is no obligation to complete the form in any time period.

As a research applicant, you will need to include a one-page research proposal, along with written confirmation of support from a supervisor both at the University of Sydney and your home university. You can look for a research opportunity or a potential supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect.

The below links will take you a page within our Find a course tool. This page describes the application process, the 'Apply now' button is in the right hand side of the page. Use these links to apply instead of those listed in step 1 below.

If your research period with us will last less than a semester, our human resources department will handle your application.

Steps to apply for study abroad

The below links will take you a page within our Find a course tool. This page describes the application process, the 'Apply now' button is in the right hand side of the page.

Study with us for one semester or short term (programs from 3 weeks):

Study with us for two semesters:

Complete the online application form and click 'submit'. You need to include:

You will receive your offer letter via email.

You will receive instructions on how to log in to your Sydney Student account and respond to your offer. You will need to pay your tuition, deposit and/or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before you can apply for your visa.

Once you complete step 4 you will receive your Confirmation Of Enrolment (CoE). You need your CoE for your visa application. You can check visa application details on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Once you have completed the above steps you will be ready commence studying at the University of Sydney!

Make sure you arrive in time to take part in Orientation – a great way to meet other students and get your bearings in Sydney. Make sure you take a look at our pages Living and studying in Sydney and student experiences to prepare yourself for arrival. We look forward to seeing you on campus!


Application deadlines

The 'applications due' dates are consistent from year-to-year.

Semester start dates change slightly from year-to-year. Check our important dates page for the latest information.

Program starts: Semester 1 (commences late February/ early March each year)
Applications due:
30 November

Program starts: Semester 2 (commences late July each year)
Applications due:
30 April

Program starts: Short term varying dates (May-July)
Applications due: 28 February

Research applicants: Ongoing. Contact your supervisor
Short Term program starts: (July-August)
Applications due: 31 March