The University of Sydney

00026A Australia

Why choose study in Australia

Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.

The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.

Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.

Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation

University Overview

Admission criteria

Undergraduate level
Applicants are required to meet course-specific academic criteria through one of the following:
an accepted senior secondary qualification
at least one year of tertiary study in a bachelor is degree at a recognised tertiary institution
an equivalent tertiary qualification accepted by the University
a recognised university foundation program, such as the University of Sydney Foundation Program.
The above criteria are the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission.
For some courses, including medicine, dentistry, education, music, oral health, visual arts and veterinary medicine, there may be additional admission criteria, such as an interview, portfolio or performance.
If a student is qualification isn it recognised, they can complete a university preparation course through the University of Sydney Foundation Program.
Students should refer to the University is website for course-specific details (including assumed knowledge and prerequisites). If students do not meet the assumed knowledge the University recommends they undertake appropriate bridging studies before they commence their course. The University offers some bridging courses to help get students up to speed.
Postgraduate coursework
Admission criteria may include an acceptable academic qualification (usually the equivalent of an Australian bachelor is degree) and compliance with any special criteria for a course.
Postgraduate research
In general, to be eligible for admission to a postgraduate research degree, students will need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability, such as:
a bachelor is degree with first or upper second class honours, or
a master is degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes a substantial component of original research, or
an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.
The above criteria are the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission.

Department structure

The University of Sydney has six faculties and three schools offering a wide range of academic programs.
Arts and Social Sciences: This faculty is one of Australia is oldest and most comprehensive faculties of its kind. It has a diverse student body and offers a very wide range of internship and work placement opportunities.
Business: The University of Sydney Business School offers a wealth of opportunities across diverse industries. The school is undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees have been developed in partnership with industry leaders.
Engineering and Information Technologies: The faculty has a network of more than 1200 industry contacts that allow students to apply their technical expertise to real-world challenges, while developing leadership potential and entrepreneurial skills.
Health Sciences: The faculty offers programs in six allied health professions at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is ranked number two in the world for sport, physical therapy and rehabilitation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
Medicine and Health: The faculty comprises several disciplines including medicine, nursing public health, dentistry and pharmacy. It offers students the largest range of health courses among Australian universities and offers the opportunity to work with leading academics and clinical schools.
Science: The Faculty of Science has some of the world is best scientific facilities, including Sydney Nano and the Charles Perkins Centre. It has close ties with industry, allowing students to explore career options prior to graduation.
University schools:
Architecture, Design and Planning: This school is ranked 1st in Australia and 16th in the world for architecture/built environment (2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject).
Conservatorium of Music: Students learn from award-winning scholars and acclaimed musicians with contacts in the music industry around the world.
Law: Sydney is Law School students are taught by world-famous educators and professional practitioners. The school has partnerships with Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Geneva, Renmin and Tsinghua.
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University of Sydney offers several educational, dining and sports facilities for students.
Educational facilities
The University of Sydney has numerous on-campus study areas, including several open 24/7 on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus.
The University has nearly 6000 computers available for individual and group study. These can be found in 11 library spaces, and dedicated learning hubs on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus.
Dining facilities
The campuses offer cafes, coffee carts, juice bars and restaurants. There are around 30 places to eat and the variety of food includes salads, baguettes, noodles and sushi.
Sports facilities
Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) offers programs and options to suit a variety of interests. The University has courts for basketball, tennis and squash and a 50-metre indoor swimming pool.
The University offers on-campus accommodation options at its Camperdown, Darlington, Camden and Cumberland campuses. Students can apply to live in one of several residential halls close to campus that offer affordable living options. The University can also provide advice on independently-run student housing like Sydney University Village, Urbanest on Cleveland, Stucco Student Cooperative Living and the eight private residential colleges.
Student lounge
The University of Sydney Union is International Student Lounge (ISL) offers resources to help international students transition to university life in Australia, and hosts events like tours of Sydney, language discussion groups and language exchange programs.


The University of Sydney, located in Sydney, Australia, is a world-renowned institution that is currently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.* It is also first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability (2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings). Students come from 134 different countries to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
There are plenty of facilities to enjoy on campus, including a gym with a heated Olympic-size swimming pool and a rock climbing centre. Students can soak up some culture at the University is art galleries and museums, grab coffee, breakfast or lunch at one of the 30 cafes and restaurants, and enjoy after-work drinks and entertainment at the on-campus bars.
All enrolled students have the opportunity to get involved in clubs and societies run by the University of Sydney Union (USU). There are more than 200, ranging from sports clubs to language and cultural groups. Students can also establish their own clubs, with support from USU.
There are many support services available to students, including disability services, careers advisers, a confidential counselling service, health service, and financial assistance office. When it comes to studying, students have access to the largest academic library in the southern hemisphere. It spans over 11 locations and holds more than 5.2 million books, journals and ebooks.
It is possible for students to expand their career opportunities through internships and work experience, as well as the option of studying abroad for part of their degree through one of the University is 270 overseas programs.  

Scholarships & funding

University scholarships
The Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship provides up to A$40,000 and is awarded to international students (undergraduate or postgraduate coursework) based on academic merit.
Students can find detailed information about scholarships here.
Postgraduate research scholarships
Many students apply for a scholarship and a place in a research degree at the same time. Research Training Program (RTP) International Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government, cover tuition fees, Overseas Student Health Cover, relocation costs and a living allowance to high-achieving international postgraduate research students.
The University provides additional international scholarships to allow high-achieving students to undertake research projects at the University. They may cover tuition fees and provide a living allowance for up to three years, with the possibility of an extension up to six months for PhD students.
Australia Awards
Australian Government scholarships are open to students from countries that have a development partnership with Australia. They cover full tuition fees and a living allowance. The University of Sydney attracts Australia Awards scholars of the highest academic calibre
International student loans
International students may be eligible for student loans or benefits from their home government.
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Teaching quality

The University of Sydney is recognised for its high quality of teaching and has been ranked 61 in the latest Times Higher Education World University rankings. The ranking places it among the world is best research and teaching institutions.
The University was also recognised for its academic reputation and research impact in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings. Two University of Sydney subjects were rated in the top 10 globally (sports-related and anatomy and physiology subjects) and another 33 subjects in the top 50 globally, including education (11th in the world) and law (13th in the world).
In order to ensure its continuing high teaching standards, the University recognises teaching excellence through several awards:
Vice-Chancellor is awards
The Quality Teaching awards
Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards for University teaching

What is new

The Sydney Undergraduate Experience
The University of Sydney has reimagined its approach to undergraduate education to prepare students for their first job and beyond.
This unique model - the Sydney Undergraduate Experience - meets the needs of many leading employers. The University is undergraduate courses will embed core graduate attributes that set students up for success in today is and tomorrow is jobs. These skills include:
critical thinking
problem solving
cross-cultural competencies
digital literacy
Discover the new full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Over 18 months, students will learn from internationally-renowned academics from the Business School and across the University, as well as from a host of industry leaders. Like most MBAs, students will gain a deep understanding of finance, marketing and strategy, but they will also learn how to harness big data, leverage the power of creativity, explore the nature of complex systems and lead teams in a digital world. Find out more  

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 - Rank: 83rd

Diversity Index - Rank: 124

Feel At Home Index - Rank: 1.33%

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 50th

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 61st

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6.5


Post Graduate : 85

Undergraduate : 85

Australia Awards Leadership Program (AALP)

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The Australia Awards Leadership Program is supplementary to the Australia Awards Scholarship. It is offered to those who are identified as current and future leaders in their country and professional area. The Leadership Program offers leadership learning and development opportunities for awardees while they are in Australia undertaking postgraduate study. It is designed to motivate and inspire future leaders, develop individual leadership capabilities, and build enduring linkages and partnerships between developing countries and Australia.  

All international

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Grant Program

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CAAR is looking for projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab region (comprising the 22 countries and territories of the Arab League). CAAR supports innovative projects that have clear outcomes and seeks to ensure the benefits of such activities are spread as widely as possible. The Council has a special focus on assisting the initiation of activities that are likely to prove self-sustaining.  

All international

Endeavour Awards Program

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The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government is internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.  

All international

Rotary International Scholarship

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Rotary International administers academic-year, multi-year and cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

All international

University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)

The USydIS will cover tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years with a possibility of one semester's extension for PhD students.

The University of Sydney invites candidates who are eligible to undertake a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master's by Research program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS).  The objective of the USydIS is to attract top quality international postgraduate students to undertake research projects which will enhance the University's research activities. The USydIS is open to all research disciplines; however participation in the USydIS program Research Period 2 and Research Period 3 are at the discretion of the Dean of each faculty. These Scholarships will be awarded in conjunction with the International RTP Fee Scholarship (formerly IPRS) for commencement in Research Period 2 (March), and in early April for commencement in Research Period 3 (July). 

All international

The USydIS is available to students commencing in both the March (Research Period 2) and July (Research Period 3). We welcome scholarship applications throughout the year. Please note that it may take up to four months from submission of your application to receiving advice on whether you have been successful. There is no separate scholarship application form, to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an application for admission to your research degree. To be considered for an University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS), a student must: Read the selection process and Research Experience guide Download and complete the Research Experience Evidence Template according to the guidelines in the Research Experience Guide Prepare an application for admission to your degree (see guidelines) Go to Sydney Courses and look up the research degree you applying for. Complete an application for admission for a research degree (e.g. Doctor of Philosophy). In the application form for admission, when prompted, ensure you tick the relevant section on the admission form "Do you wish to be considered for an Research Training Program Fee Scholarship or University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS)?" Upload all other required supporting and Faculty specific documentation for application for admission. Submit your completed application form. Please note: you MUST submit all required supporting and faculty specific documentation before your application is considered to be complete. For scholarship selection purposes, applicants must also submit Research Experience Evidence information.

Vice-Chancellor International Scholarships Scheme

The scholarships, ranging from AUD $5,000 to AUD $40,000 in value, are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and aimed at top-ranked applicants who will be offered a fee reduction of their first year fees.

The Vice-Chancellor International Scholarships Scheme is open to all international students with an unconditional offer to study at the University of Sydney, either at the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework level. 

All international

Wigram Allen Scholarships for the Juris Doctor - International

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The Wigram Allen Scholarships now provide commencing scholarships for the Juris Doctor program, including a scholarship awarded to international students based on academic merit.

All international

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