Am I an international student? You are an international student if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen (or dual citizen of Australia or New Zealand), a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a permanent Australian humanitarian visa.
The course page will give you background information on what qualification you need to get into the course, how much the fees will be, and what kind of structure the course will have.
Every course has a set of requirements you need to meet. These are specified on the course information page. These may include:
If you have completed previous studies in a related area or relevant work experience, you may be able to fast track your degree. This is called recognition of prior learning and means you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner.
The University has credit articulation agreements with overseas institutions such as the Singapore Polytechnics where completion of a 2-3 year diploma in a relevant field will make you eligible for credit of up to one year or more, in many cases allowing you to skip one year in your degree at the University of Sydney. It may also reduce your visa duration. Read our credit for previous studies page for more information.
Double degrees, such as those combined with the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, have progression requirements that must be satisfied before students can be admitted to the second degree. Find out more about progression rules in the relevant faculty handbook.
Some courses require supplementary application forms. These will be listed on the course page. These must be true and complete records. You can scan these documents and upload them online.
Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator with a government body or the Registrar of the issuing institution.
Applicants from the People's Republic of China may be required to provide a China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) verification of their academic documents.
The University reserves the right to request additional information if you are a student visa applicant on the basis of a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criterion as prescribed by the Australian government. This may involve the submission of an additional application form seeking clarification about your personal circumstances, and may also involve an interview. Further information may be requested by the University or by your education agent after you have applied.
Some countries provide education loans to their citizens. You may also be eligible for a merit-based or country-specific scholarship from the University of Sydney. Find out about scholarships for international students.
Apply directly to the University if you are:
an applicant not covered in the UAC categories
applying for a Sciences-Po dual degree (even if you are applying through UAC for other degrees).
To apply directly to the University, search for your course, then click on the "Apply now" button on the course page. All postgraduate and most undergraduate students apply directly. International students who apply to study onshore need to pay an application processing fee of AUD$125.
Application deadlines vary by course. Check the specific closing date for your course on the course information page. As an international student, you should apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.
Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are an undergraduate student studying:
If you are applying with the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA Level 3), you have the option to apply via UAC or direct to the University.
The University generally participates in all the UAC international offer rounds. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.
If you are applying for a Sciences Po Dual Degree, you need to apply directly to the University of Sydney, even if you are applying through UAC for your other preferences.
If you are an international student, you may use an authorised University of Sydney agent. A University of Sydney agent can assist you with your university application and visa arrangements.
Our agents are carefully selected and assessed, monitored and reviewed to ensure they offer quality service and have experience in representing Australia and the university. They can assist you with:
You may only have one agent, so you must carefully select from our list of authorised agents, one that you will work with until the time that you commence your study in Sydney.
Depending on your application method, you may get an offer from the University directly or via UAC.
If you receive a conditional offer, you may need to satisfy certain criteria such as academic and English language conditions before you can be issued with an unconditional offer. If you receive an unconditional offer, your next step is to accept your offer.
After this, it's time to prepare yourself for life in Sydney! Plan your arrival, find accommodation, understand your living costs, and get ready for your first semester of study.