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Industry and community projects

Eligibility and how to enrol in an ICPU

Important dates

  Project registration opens Project registration closes
February intensives 18 December 19 January
July intensives (Sydney) 18 December 21 June
July intensives (Overseas) Check back here in March for more information  
Semester one projects 28 January 23 February
Semester two projects 23 June 2 August


To be eligible to enrol in an Industry and Community Project Unit (ICPU) you need to be an undergraduate student.

As part of applying, you will need to enrol in a shell unit. To be eligible, you need to make sure this unit is available in your course. Check your handbook for this unit, and ensure you meet any criteria specified for this unit. It will be a 3000-level unit and referred to as an Interdisciplinary studies or Industry and Community Project unit in your handbook.

  • If you are completing a liberal studies degree and commenced your studies in 2018 or later (or transferred to the new curriculum version of your degree in 2018), the ICPU shell unit will either be in your major or as an elective in your handbook.
  • For all other degrees, the shell unit will appear in your handbook if you are eligible to complete it.

Shell units

The shell unit is dependent on your faculty or school, and in some cases related to your major(s).

Faculty/school Unit of study
Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning ARCH3108
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (including Sydney College of the Arts and Sydney School of Education and Social Work) INDP3000 (see below for more information)
The University of Sydney Business School ACCT3400, BANK3400, CLAW3400, FINC3400, IBUS3400, INFS3400, MKTG3400, QBUS3400, WORK3400, WORK3401
Faculty of Medicine and Health School of Pharmacy PHAR4820. Students enrolled into PHAR4820 will only be able to register into Semester 2 health-related projects. You will only see the projects available to you in the project registration page.
Sydney School of Health Sciences HSBH3026
Sydney Conservatorium of Music PERF3640
Faculty of Engineering ENGG3800
Sydney Law School LAWS3508 (Bachelor of Laws), LAWS5208 (Juris Doctor). Combined Law students in years 1, 2 and 3 should enrol in the faculty shell unit relevant to their non-law degree. Bachelor of Law and Juris Doctor students who are in their final or penultimate year and have completed a minimum of 48 credit points of core law units should enrol in LAWS3508.
Faculty of Science (including Sydney School of Veterinary Science) SCPU3001

If you commenced your studies from 2018 onwards, or transferred to the new curriculum, you are required to complete a six credit point 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project Unit.

To enrol in an ICPU you will need to complete an Interdisciplinary Impact Unit (XXXX3999) in another subject area as a pre-requisite or co-requisite for your ICPU unit.

If you have opted to complete a second major within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences you should:

  • enrol in the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study in your first major [XXXX3999]
  • enrol in the Industry and Community Project unit [XXXX3998] for your second major.

If you have opted to complete one major, you can enrol into XXXX3998 Industry and Community Project Unit as an elective, provided you have available elective space (co-requisite rule withstanding).

If you're in a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies and in your third year, you'll need to select the unit from this list related to your major: ANHS3998, ANTH3998, ARBC3998, ARCO3998, ARHT3998, ARIN3998, ASNS3998, BBCL3998, CAEL3998, CHNS3998, CRIM3998, ECON3998, ECOP3998, EDUF3998, ENGL3998, EUST3998, FILM3998, FRNC3998, GCST3998, GOVT3898, GRKA3998, GRMN3998, HBRW3998, HSTY3998, ICLS3998, INDG3998, INGS3998, INMS3998, ITLN3998, JCTC3998, JPNS3998, KRNS3998, LATN3998, LNGS3998, MECO3998, MGRK3998, PHIL3998, PRFM3998, RLST3998, SCLG3998, SLSS3998, SPAN3998, USSC3998.

Enrolling in a unit

1. Select a shell unit in Sydney Student

The first step is to select a shell unit for the project through Sydney Student. If you've already enrolled you can do this by changing your units of study (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your units of study’).

Choose the shell unit for your faculty or school, and where relevant, your major(s).

2. Register for a project

Once you've successfully enrolled, we will email you with instructions on how to register for a project.

You will finalise your enrolment in the unit and select your project in Sydney Student (go to 'My studies', 'Enrolment', then 'Project registration'. Places in each project are limited so we encourage you to register early to avoid missing out. If you can't see a project when you go to register, it has already reached capacity. You will need to select a different project.

Once you've registered for a project, you will need to upload a signed and witnessed Deed Poll to Canvas. This is a compulsory requirement of your enrolment in this unit. Make sure you consider the acknowledgments in the deed carefully before submission. You will be granted access to Canvas the week before teaching starts for your enrolled session and you will need to submit your Deed Poll before the first day of class.

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