If you are an international student with a disability, looking to study at the University of Sydney for just a semester (Exchange, Study Abroad) or for a year or more, you should review the following information:
- Registering with Disability Services
- Accessible Accommodation
- Importing Assistance Dogs
- Permits Required for Medicines
- Sydney City Access Maps
Students with disabilities are eligible to receive academic and access support through Disability Services. All students need to formally register with Disability Services and attend a face-to-face consultation before adjustments will be approved.
International Students completing an entire course at The University of Sydney should refer to the Registration and Services page for information on registering with this service.
Study Abroad and Exchange Students will need to follow the below advice if they wish to continue receiving disability support, as per their home university, for the semester they will be studying at The University of Sydney.
Step 1 - Prior to Arrival
Study Abroad and Exchange students will need to arrange for the required supporting documentation to be sent to Disability Services at The University of Sydney before leaving their home country. Students should note that sending documentation to Disability Services, or contact between your home university and Disability Services does not constitute registration. It is also a good idea to arrange the registration appointment before leaving, however, this can be done immediately upon arrival in Australia.
Step 2 - Upon Arrival
Study Abroad and Exchange students should make and attend a registration appointment with Disability Services before their semester begins. Supporting documentation must be reviewed and discussed during this appointment, and approval for specific services will be made at this time. Please note that not all services will be the same between universities, however, we will do everything we can to ensure that you are not disadvantaged during your time at the University.
Study Abroad and Exchange students will need to provide the following:
1. A letter to Disability Services from their home university confirming the disability (diagnosis), the specific impacts of the disability, and the academic and access adjustments being provided to the student. All letters and documentation must be in English.
2. Copies of the original medical documentation supplied to their home university. This is needed in case further additional adjustments are required to be made during the student's time at The University of Sydney.
Documentation and can be sent to Disability Services at the following:
Facsimilie - +61 2 8627 8482
Email - email@example.com
It is recommended that all students review the Student FAQs before arrival. Specific queries and requests for registration appointments can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +61 2 8627 8422.
Of fundamental importance to your success and well being as a student at the University of Sydney is finding a suitable place to live.
The University is able to assist you to find accommodation and offers a wide range of accommodation options.
For information about accessible accommodation or if you have specific needs for accommodation we reccomend you contact an Accommodation Officer directly.
The University is able to assist students at all its campuses, including Cumberland and Camden, to find suitable accommodation
Have you considered what is required to bring your assistance dog into Australia?
If not, then the following links will provide you with the procedures to get your dog through quarantine without delay:
- A guide to importing assistance dogs into Australia
- Application for permit to import disability assistance dogs
Is your medicine allowed through Australian Customs?
Do you need a permit or licence to bring it in?
If you have not already considered this, then the following links will provide you with information on substances that require special permission for entry and those that are banned completely:
- Questions for travellers into Australia
- Substances requiring special permission
- Substances subject to Import Controls (permits)
- Substances subject to Import / Export Controls (annual licence + permit required)
The following links are access maps of Sydney City so that you are able to navigate yourself around when you arrive: