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Cross-institutional study

During your studies, you may be able to complete a unit of study at another institution and have it credited towards your degree. This is called outbound cross-institutional study.

As well as applying to the external institution, you will need to apply to the University of Sydney to undertake the unit. If you meet the eligibility criteria and successfully complete the unit, you will be granted credit for that unit of study towards your degree at the University of Sydney.

You will need to pay your student contribution amount or full fee to the destination institution.


You may be eligible if:

  • there’s a unit of study relevant to your course that is not taught at the University of Sydney but is available at another institution, and it’s necessary for the completion or progression of your degree
  • you are unable, for good reason, to complete a corresponding unit of study at the University of Sydney
  • you are an elite athlete or artist who cannot complete the unity of study at the University because of training or performance commitments
  • your course resolutions do not exclude cross-institutional study (see your handbook).

Requirements differ between faculties, so make sure you read up on what the specific eligibility requirements are.

International students may be able to undertake cross-institutional study at another Australian institution. You will first need to check:

  • that the destination institution accepts international cross-institutional students
  • what fees are involved
  • that your visa can accommodate this enrolment.

How to apply

  1. Read your faculty or school’s specific requirements to check if you’re eligible.
  2. Apply using the appropriate faculty or school form and include all relevant supporting documents.
  3. Once you’ve successfully completed the unit and received your results, apply for credit through Sydney Student.

Faculty or school forms and requirements

Before you start any cross-institutional studies, you need to submit a cross-institutional study request. Check the study request forms below for additional eligibility criteria specific to your faculty or school.

To meet your destination institution’s application deadline, make sure you allow enough time for your faculty or school to process your cross-institutional study request and tell you the outcome. This can take up to four weeks.

After you have submitted the request, you may be asked to arrange an appointment to discuss how your request will satisfy the requirements of your University of Sydney course.

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), submit a Cross-institutional study – outbound form (pdf, 338KB) via email to Faculty One at, or in person at the Student Centre.

Any approval is valid only for the agreed semester.

Find out more in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences cross-institutional study provisions 2015.

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), submit the Cross-institutional study request (pdf, 127KB).

Find out more in the Business School - Outbound cross-institutional study provisions (pdf, 49KB).

To be eligible, you need to demonstrate that the unit needs to be taken for one of the following reasons.

  • The unit of study is not taught at the University of Sydney, but is available at the other institution, is relevant to your course and necessary for the progression or completion of your degree. 
  • You have good reason why you are unable to complete a corresponding unit at the University of Sydney. You need to provide a detailed explanation of this reason.

To apply send an email request to and include the following information:

  1. Your name, Student ID and your degree.
  2. Details of the unit of study you want to take at another institution. This can be a copy of the unit outline, or a link to the unit description on the institution's website.
  3. An explanation of why you want to take the unit.

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), submit the Cross-institutional enrolment form (pdf, 247KB) to

If you’re undertaking the Bachelor of Laws, apply using the Application for cross‐institutional study – LLB (pdf, 116.1KB).

If you’re undertaking the Juris Doctor, apply using the Application for cross‐institutional study – JD (pdf, 117.4KB).

If you’re a postgraduate Law student, apply by submitting the following application at least six weeks in advance of your destination institution’s enrolment deadline:

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), you will need to supply the faculty with the application form from your destination institution.

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), submit the Outbound cross-institutional study or short term independent study abroad form (pdf, 76KB).

To apply for cross-institutional study (outbound), email SCA Student Administration at from your University student email account and attach the supporting documents listed below.

Supporting documents

With the cross-institutional study request relevant to your faculty, you need to submit the following documents, as well as any others specified by the faculty.

  • Unit of study outlines that include:
    • contact hours
    • a summary of lecture content
    • practical content
    • textbooks
    • mode of assessment.
  • If you’re applying on the grounds of exceptional circumstances, supply a letter outlining these circumstances.

Information for the destination institution

You may be required to submit the following documents to your proposed destination institution. You should check with them to make sure you have submitted everything they need:

  • a completed Home Institution Commonwealth Support Status Declaration that shows your status as a Commonwealth supported or fee-paying student
  • an official academic transcript from the University of Sydney
  • a certified copy of your passport or birth certificate to show your residency/citizenship status.

What happens next

Once you’ve completed the unit(s) of study and received your official notification of results, you’ll need to apply for credit through Sydney Student so the unit(s) can be credited towards your University of Sydney course. Go to ‘My studies’, ‘Course details’, then ‘Apply for credit and/or reduced volume of learning’.

You’ll need to upload a copy of your transcript from your host institution, as well as your faculty’s approval letter for you to undertake cross-institutional study.

Credit for study will be awarded only if the cross-institutional study was approved prior to the study.

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