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Flexible study

Fit study into your schedule, your way

For plenty of our students, university is one of many commitments. Whether you’re balancing work, family or life in general, many of our programs of study can be tailored to fit around your schedule.

Personalise your timetable

At Sydney, you’ll have the freedom to customise your timetable to fit your studies around other commitments.

Subjects taught in larger cohorts, such as Psychology, Law or English, often run repeat lectures throughout the week.

You’ll automatically be assigned to a lecture group when you enrol, but you can view all lecture and tutorial times on the timetable and apply to move to a different time slot.

Study in the evenings

Some faculties offer lectures after 6pm to accommodate postgraduate students who work during the day.

Find your course and check how your preferred units of study are offered under ‘study mode’.

Go part time

Some undergraduate and postgraduate courses allow you to study part time if you're a domestic student. Find your course to see if part-time study is available. This information can be found under the 'course details' section. 

If you have formally enrolled in a full-time course load, you can log into MyUni any time before the HECS census date to drop down to two subjects without financial penalty.

Concerned about losing student benefits such as your transport concession or Centrelink support? Bear in mind that you can study three subjects per semester (75 percent of full-time study) to retain your status as a full-time student. This does not apply to international students on a student visa.

Part-time study is not usually available for international students, as their student visa requires full-time study (24 credit points per semester). 

Learn online

Many faculties offer postgraduate degrees that incorporate online units of study. This means you can access our world-class educational resources and teaching methods from anywhere in Australia.

To find subjects offered in distance mode, find your course and check the available study modes for the units of study you’re likely to be taking.

Even with on-campus units of study, lecturers often upload resources and materials to MyUni, including live lecture recordings. These are made available after the class, and remain accessible until the end of semester.

Participation in online student discussion forums on MyUni may be an assessable part of a unit of study or, in some cases, replace a face-to-face tutorial or seminar.

Study over the summer or winter break

If you want to accelerate your course, catch up on a failed unit of study, balance your timetable, or study subjects outside of your current course, you can study over the winter or summer breaks. Find out more on the Student website.

Study offshore

International students can take a University of Sydney course at one of our offshore campuses. You don’t need to visit Australia, so you don’t need a student visa.

Offshore courses are offered by the Sydney Law School and Sydney Nursing School.

Study in block mode

Some faculties offer courses in block mode (also called ‘away from base’ or ‘intensive’) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

This means you can attend three intensive sessions (one or more days) each semester on campus. The remainder of the course is completed independently at home. Find your course to see if it is available in block mode.

Suspend or discontinue your studies

Visit the Student website to find out how you can suspend your studies or discontinue your course.