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Keep up to date with events, download publications and resources, and book your school visits, campus tours and faculty-based activities.


Career Advisers and Teachers Day
Presentation slides

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Career Advisers and Teachers Day. The presentation slides are now available to download. We look forward to seeing you next year. 

Mathematics prerequisites

In response to the nation-wide shortage of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the University has introduced mathematics prerequisites for some degrees from 2019. These changes will prepare our graduates for the jobs of the future.

Students need to achieve a Band 4 in the HSC Mathematics (not Mathematics General) or similar result in equivalent interstate year 12, IB, GCE A Level subjects or other Year 12 qualifications, to be eligible for admission to a range of courses, including economics, commerce, computing, engineering and IT, medicine, psychology, pharmacy, veterinary science and science.

There are options for students who did not meet the mathematics requirements, including the completion of the Mathematics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and exam, or the option to apply for another course and then transfer into their perferred course in their second year (after successful completion of a accepted 1000 level mathematics unit).

Visit the mathematics prerequisites page for more information.

Upcoming events

We run a number of events throughout the year that might be of interest to career advisers, teachers and prospective students:

Term 2 2019

Open Day

There’s a lot you can learn about a university on Open Day. Join us to discover what opportunities await your students at the University of Sydney. 

Saturday 31 August, 9am-4pm

Sydney metro: 
Download and print our poster for your noticeboard

Interstate, regional and New Zealand: 
Download and print our poster for your noticeboard

Register now

Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop

Taking effect from 2018, we require a personal statement with all applications to the University of Sydney's teacher education degrees (excluding early childhood). Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet with our academic staff and to learn more about the personal statement process and suggestions for what to include in their statement. Attending our workshop will also give students the opportunity to find out more about the education degrees offered at the University of Sydney.

Saturday 12 October 2019, 10am-1pm
Level 3, Education Building (A35)
The University of Sydney

- Download and print our poster for your noticeboard
Register now

Visual Arts Portfolio and Workshops Day

Sydney College of the Arts will hold a Portfolio and Workshops Day to assist students with preparing their portfolio and application to study the Bachelor of Visual Arts and combined degrees. The Portfolio and Workshops Day is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience SCA's world-class teaching, participate in interactive workshops and receive feedback on their portfolio and visual arts practice. Students can also choose to submit their portfolio for admission on the day. 

Saturday 12 October 2019, 10am-1pm
Oriental Room S204, Quadrangle Building
The University of Sydney

- Download and print our poster for your noticeboard
- Register now

Find a comprehensive list of events here.

Faculty initiatives

Languages at Sydney: Go Global 2020
Friday 22 May 2020

Whether you want to continue with a language or learn one from scratch, this event will give you a taste of the programs and languages that the University of Sydney has to offer.

Events on the day will include an introduction to learning at the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, discussions with university language students, and two language-specific immersion sessions.

Languages at Sydney: Go Global 2020 is an initiative by the University of Sydney's School of Languages and Cultures.

Registrations will open from February 2020 - please check our upcoming events for prospective students page

BioEngineering Innovation Outreach Challenge

Work with leading researchers at the Australian Research Council – Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering and the University of Sydney to develop an innovative for an existing medical problem. Teams of four students from Year 10-12 are eligible to apply. The ideal team will present a novel design to a self-assigned BioEngineering problem. Learn more here.

Applications close Monday 1 April.

Year 10 Work Experience at Sydney (Chemical Engineering)

Meet and team up with academics and PhD students to take part in experiments such as Ice Cream Making, Spray Dying and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. For more information, visit our website.

Applications close Monday 1 April.

Zero Robotics Championship Tournament 2018/2019

Watch our Australian high school finalists compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station, as an astronaut conducts the competition in microgravity. The astronauts will be setting up NASA research robots to be controlled by code written by the high school teams. Before the live stream begins, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive displays and activities, and hear from some eminent space industry speakers. For more information, visit our website.

Register for the tournament here.

Virtual visits (Mathematics)

Have a mathematics researcher take over your classroom for a one‑hour Virtual visit! Your students will be introduced to mathematics in careers, a current field of research and hands-on puzzles designed by the visitor. Ask anything from HSC subjects to university life!

A free and a great way to energise your Year 9+ classes into considering future mathematics subjects and career paths.

To book, email Dr Stephen Morgan at

School tours and workshop at the Con

Come and explore all the Conservatorium has to offer. We run free one-hour guided tours of our historic buildings and modern facilities for high school groups. Learn about our historic campus and the amazing students and staff who have performed and studied here. Enjoy a lunchtime concert or experience one of our fun and engaging music workshops - or both!

Book a tour online or contact us on 02 9351 1439 or via email at

Masterclasses and composition portfolio development

We offer a number of masterclasses at the Conservatorium throughout the year for aspiring classical, jazz and contemporary performers, composers and musicologists – and they are free and suitable for high school students to attend. Student can gain knowledge, skills and inspiration from some of the world’s leading talent. We partner with Musica Viva and Sydney Symphony Orchestra to bring the best musicians to the Conservatorium. We will soon be offering composition portfolio workshops at the Conservatorium and with partner organisation around NSW.

Key application dates

Ensure your students never miss a deadline by referring to our application timeline

Common questions

We have introduced guaranteed ATARs for most of our courses, to simplify the application process and make it more transparent. You can view and download a full list of the domestic ATAR/IB scores needed to guarantee a place in a particular course.

Additional admission criteria (previously referred to as "entry requirements") may also apply, including:

Visit our course admission criteria page for a full list of requirements.

Achieving a certain ATAR isn't the only way to get into a preferred course at the University of Sydney. Students may also be eligible to apply through an admission pathway

The University is introducing mathematics course prerequisites for some courses from 2019 to help students thrive in their science, technology, engineering and mathematics related degrees and prepare them to tackle future career challenges. 

Students will need to achieve a Band 4 in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not General Mathematics) or equivalent.

Areas of study that will have mathematics prerequisite for admission include:

  • agriculture
  • commerce
  • economics
  • engineering and IT
  • health
  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • psychology
  • science
  • veterinary science.

The prerequisite will also apply to combined courses in these areas.

Learn more about our mathematics prerequisite and discover what specific courses it applies to.

Achieving a certain ATAR isn't the only way to get into a preferred course at the University of Sydney. We also offer admission pathways (previously referred to as "alternative entry") that consider additional factors alongside academic results. These might include their educational background, financial situation and motivation for choosing a particular course. 

Our admission pathways include:

  • Early Offer Year 12 (E12)
  • Future Leaders Scheme
  • Broadway Scheme
  • Cadigal Program
  • Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme
  • Special Consideration for Admission Scheme

If a student doesn't qualify for any of the pathways above, they can apply for a related course with a slightly lower ATAR and apply to transfer into their preferred course using their first-year university results (successful completion of 48 credit points).

Another option is graduate entry. Students could apply for a general undergraduate degree and combine it with a separate postgraduate qualification in their specific field of interest.

Learn more about these admission pathways.

The University of Sydney offers a wide variety of scholarships including:

There are also scholarships, bursaries and prizes available for current students.

A comprehensive list of all scholarships, including the application process and full terms and conditions, can be found on the scholarships website

With more than 100 study areas to choose from, the shared pool of majors and minors allows students to combine their interests and develop expertise in a second field of study, building cross-disciplinary knowledge from areas outside their primary degree.

For instance, they will be able to enjoy studying science without having to give up their interest in history; or combine their major in marketing with the study of digital cultures.

The shared pool of majors and minors is available in any of the following degrees:

The full list of majors and minors available in the shared pool can be found on our undergraduate courses website.

*For the Bachelor of Psychology only minors are available from the shared pool.

Students have the opportunity to take short-term, semester and year-long exchanges with our 300 partner universities in 42 countries. They can also study at overseas field schools, take intensive in-country Open Learning Environment units and undertake global professional placements. 

By 2020 we aim to have 50 percent of our students undertake an international experience as part of their studies.

Learn more about the global opportunities available to students. 

There are a number of accommodation options for students to choose from, including:

  • University residences
  • Residential colleges
  • Independently-run student housing

Explore our accommodation options and find out how to apply.

Students can also contact the University's Accommodation Services to discuss their options:

Phone: +61 2 9351 3322


Year 12 students start preparing their Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme application. 
Most course applications open for Semester 1 admission for the following year.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students start applying for scholarships.
Students start applying for E12.
Future Leaders Scheme applications open. 
Broadway Scheme (EAS) applications open.
Domestic undergraduate students to submit their UAC application. Late applications may be accepted (with an additional cost).
E12 applications close.
Domestic and international students to apply for the Sydney Scholars Award
Students to apply for Sydney Scholars Awards on grounds of hardship.
Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme applications close 31 October 2018.
Future Leaders Scheme applications close 30 November 2018. 
Broadway Scheme applications close 30 November 2018.
UAC preferences to be finalised.

Please note, not all scholarships and admission pathways have been listed above as application deadlines vary. Dates are subject to change. For the latest information and full terms and conditions, refer to the respective website.

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