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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Part-time study is not usually available for international students, as their student visa requires full-time study (24 credit per semester). However, an application to reduce your study load may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
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.
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.
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.
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.