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School visits, campus tours and careers markets

Receive advice from our friendly student ambassadors, get involved in faculty-specific activities, and discover what facilities our University campuses have to offer.

School visits


Our student ambassadors visit schools to provide advice on all aspects of university including courses, global exchange opportunities, transferring and deferring, and other topics to help students make an informed decision. 

School visits include a 35 minute presentation followed by a five minute Q&A session, and we can tailor the presentation to meet your specific needs.

The following specialist presentations are available on request:

  • Scholarships
  • Onshore international students
  • Admission pathways 
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Campus tours


High school groups

Join our student ambassadors for a tour of our Camperdown/Darlington campus. Get an inside look at Australia’s oldest university and receive the answers to any questions you have about university.

Tours start underneath the Quadrangle Clocktower and cover many of the key features on campus. A typical campus tour is 2 hours in duration, comprising a 1 hour tour of the campus and facilities, and a 1 hour University presentation.

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For faculty-specific activities please see below. 


Individuals/general public

On the first Friday of every month from 4 to 5pm we run a campus tour for prospective students and their friends and family, starting at the Quadrangle Clocktower.

Our student ambassadors, who come from a range of faculties and backgrounds, will take you on a tour and answer your questions on selecting a course, living on campus and university life.

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Careers market


The University regularly attends high school careers markets throughout the year. Our experienced student ambassadors are available to visit your school and provide valuable information about studying with us. 

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Faculty-specific activities for school tours

Interactive workshops

Knowledge of agriculture is intrinsically linked to understanding many of the world’s biggest issues including water management, food security, resource use and climate change. The Sydney Institute of Agriculture offers five hands-on workshops, including an insight into why chocolate is so delicious! These are available to students from all years (groups of 10–30).

For more information, visit our Science Outreach website.

The Tin Sheds Gallery (TSG)

Students are welcome to visit this contemporary exhibition space located within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The gallery provides a platform for projects that inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue – addressing the myriad forces that shape the built and virtual environment.

Visit the Tin Sheds Gallery and join in the exploration of new ideas, research, debate and spatial experimentation and innovation.

Find out more about our latest exhibitions at the Tin Sheds Gallery.

History Outreach Program

This program, run by the Department of History and Classics and Ancient History and funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is aimed at supporting teachers and students doing modern and ancient history and makes some of the University’s most interesting historical resources available to students in Years 7-12. These resources include rare book manuscripts, Egyptian mummies and the University’s own Quadrangle.

The program offers visits, workshops, prizes, and mentoring throughout the year for students in stages four, five or six who are attending a government-identified low socioeconomic school.

To express interest in becoming a partner school, please contact:

Professor Michael McDonnell
Phone: 02 9351 6733
Email: michael.mcdonnell@sydney.edu.au

Museum visits

Students or all ages can visit the Nicholson Museum, the largest antiquities museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, they'll see relics from Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, including real mummies.

Tours (for up to 20 students) can also be booked for the Shellshear Museum, Australia’s only museum dedicated to physical anthropology. The exhibits include skeletons of humans, primates and other species, offering a great chance to study human evolution and anatomy.

Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop

Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney will hold a Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop on Saturday 12 October 2019, from 10am to 1pm, to assist you with preparing your personal statement to study one of our undergraduate education degrees (excluding early childhood).

The Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet with our academic staff and to learn more about the personal statement process and suggestions for what to include in your statement. Attending our workshop will also give you the opportunity to find out more about the education degrees offered at the University of Sydney.

Places are limited and registrations are essential.

Register now

Learn more about the personal statement requirement here

The Faculty of Engineering offers workshops, programs and information nights as well as work experience placements for high school students throughout the year. 

Propel Mobility Scholarships

We have more than 20 high school events to help you explore the many options within engineering, IT and project management and discover where your passion lies. Attend any four of these events (including some of the below) and you may be eligible for a $2000 travel scholarship. Read more about Propel.

Summer, Autumn and Winter Schools

We deliver summer, autumn and winter school programs for high school students interested in finding out more about engineering.

These programs include on-campus workshops and site visits to leading companies where students can see engineers in action on major project sites. They are mentored by university students, engage in hands-on activities and learn about careers in engineering.

  • Explore Engineering Winter School (Year 9-10) 

  • Project Management Winter School (Year 10-12)

  • STEM Girls @ Sydney (2019 Year 11)
    More information is available below

We partner with Engineers Australia for their Honeywell Engineering Summer School, Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering as well as Engineering Aid Australia to deliver the annual Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS).

STEM Girls @ Sydney (2019 Year 11 students)
17-18 January, 2019

This intensive two-day workshop on campus is for female high school students entering year 11 in 2019, who want to explore the disciplines and careers available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and how they can apply these skills in everyday life. Participate in hands-on activities and hear from an expert panel of women who are pursuing careers across different STEM industries. Students will also visit the research facilities and an industry partner’s office as part of the program.

Applications close 11:59pm, Wednesday 12 December 2018 and an outcome will be announced on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Interactive workshops

Throughout the year, we invite high school students on campus to experience what it’s like to study engineering, project management and information technologies.

Students can participate in fun, interactive workshops, tour our facilities and talk to our academics and current students about study options and life at Sydney. During the workshops they might create their own avatar, build a signal railway, race in a fuel cell car challenge or participate in a desert-island scenario.

Our faculty communicators can also come to your high school and run tailored activities with your students, aligned with your curriculum.

Work experience

The faculty offers a limited number of Chemical Engineering Work Experience placements for Year 10 students. Students are teamed up with either an academic or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student to work on a suitable project. This program is popular so you will need to apply for a place as early as possible. (Applications have closed for 2018 and will open in February 2019. Please check back for updates). 

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 2019.

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 event here.

Discover Engineering Day

The faculty also participates in Engineers Australia’s Discover Engineering Day. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands on engineering activities, listen to students and professionals in the industry and learn what a career in engineering is all about.

National Computer Science School (NCSS)

NCSS is an intensive week-long computer programming and website development summer school for students going into Years 11 and 12. It's about challenging students to think like a computer scientist and giving them an intensive programming experience in a university setting. As part of the program they will go on site visits and meet industry professionals. Learn more here.

NCSS Challenge

The NCSS Challenge is a five week competition giving high school students an opportunity to learn and experience computer programming. The challenge is designed to cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

Girls’ Programming Network (GPN)

GPN is an extracurricular program run by girls, for girls. In this one-day workshop participants have the opportunity to develop their own games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications. The tutors are a mix of University IT students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian. Learn more here.

Interactive on-campus workshop

The Faculty of Medicine and Health welcomes high school students from all regions to engage with us on campus through activities run by our team.

You will experience an insight into the different roles that health professionals play. You will be exposed to first-hand interdisciplinary teaching at a world-leading comprehensive university; shaping our Global Leaders in medicine and health.

Students will experience a taste of some of our Allied Health programs and traditional programs such as Nursing or Medicine.

If you are interested in participating in one of our workshops, please indicate this when requesting for a Campus Tour.

For more questions, please contact Veiongo Lamipeti, Recruitment Assistant at veiongo.lamipeti@sydney.edu.au

The Faculty of Science welcomes high school students of all ages to engage with us through our Outreach Program. Some of our activities are listed below.

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 maths-psych.communicator@sydney.edu.au.

Mathematical Enrichment and Mathematical Olympiad

The Mathematics Enrichment program is designed to challenge gifted and talented students. With programs ranging from correspondence courses to residential programs, this opportunity can be tailored to the needs of your school. Students that excel at the Enrichment Program may also be selected for the Mathematical Olympiad.

For more information visit the Australian Mathematics Trust website, or contact:

Dr Bill Palmer
Phone: 02 9351 3048
Email: bill.palmer@sydney.edu.au

The National Mathematics Summer School

For nearly 50 years the National Mathematics Summer School has exposed talented students from all over Australia to the possibilities of tertiary mathematics. This two-week residential program for Year 11 students includes workshops on higher mathematics, guest speakers, and a special lecture at the Academy of Science.

For more information, visit the National Mathematics Summer School website, or contact:

Associate Professor Terry Gagen
Phone: 02 9351 4027
Email: nmss@maths.usyd.edu.au

Sydney Science Experience

See how CSI works in real life! Students from Year 10 and 11 are introduced to the applied science of forensics through a three-day intensive program. Students perform DNA, fingerprint and fibre analysis to solve a scientific ‘who-dun-it’. Learn more about the Sydney Science Experience.

International Science School

This two-week residential program is designed to challenge gifted students from Year 11 and 12 in the field of physics, with a particular focus on nanoscience. Held in the July holidays, students have the opportunity to meet experts in the field and extend their physics knowledge to the highest level. Learn more about the International Science School.

Kickstart Science Workshops

A program specifically designed to support Year 11-12 students and teachers in their HSC study, Kickstart Science strengthens students’ understanding of key syllabus concepts by providing practical demonstrations with state of the art equipment. Workshops are offered in the areas Anatomy and Histology, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Hands-on Science and Mathematics

Learn what the day-to-day work of a physicist involves through experiments, demonstrations and lectures. Get your students excited about science with scorpions, liquid nitrogen and Google algorithms! Activities are specifically targeted at particular age groups from Year 7-10, in groups of eight to 50.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki talk

Australia’s favourite science presenter can speak to your students (from Year 7 to 12). Include a talk by Dr Karl as part of your next campus tour or have science come to your classroom via Skype. Be sure to book early as places are limited.

Macleay Museum

Students of all years can spend time amongst Australia’s oldest collection of natural history at the Macleay Museum. The Macleay Collection enables students to explore a unique snapshot of biodiversity up and close. Some of the most popular exhibits include a skeleton of the world’s smallest land mammal and a stowaway flea from Darwin’s ship.

SCA Galleries

The SCA Galleries play an important role in the life of Sydney College of the Arts as a resource and educational device for students and staff, providing the community with access to a range of challenging and innovative contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Find out more about our latest exhibitions at the SCA Galleries.

Art Uncovered

The Sydney College of the Arts welcomes art students and teachers from all regions to engage with us through our hands-on masterclasses and art talks delivered by our academics.

You will gain an insight into the different disciplines that the Sydney College of the Arts offers and be exposed to University of Sydney's world-class teaching through our interactive masterclasses.

If you are interested in having the Sydney College of the Arts visit your art class, please contact Pavel Grozdov:

Pavel Grozdov
Recruitment Assistant
pavel.grozdov@sydney.edu.au

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 con.community@sydney.edu.au.

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.

Click on our events calendar for more information about each masterclass offered at the Conservatorium.

Rising Stars at the Con

Each year, the Conservatorium of Music fosters the development of an elite group of young musicians. The Rising Stars program for students in Years 7-12 runs in two 13-week blocks and extends all aspects of students’ musical repertoire through individual instrumental lessons, performances and music theory.

Auditions are held in November/December and May/June and scholarships or bursaries may be available.