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Applying to The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney (USYD), also known as Sydney University, is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest university in Australia and is one of the country’s six sandstone universities (one of the oldest tertiary educational institutions). The University of Sydney is a member of the Group of Eight, CEMS, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The university’s main campus has been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph. The Camperdown/Darlington campus houses the university’s administrative headquarters, and the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education and Social Work, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Economics and Business, Architecture, and Engineering. It is also the home base of the large Sydney Medical School, which has numerous affiliated teaching hospitals across the state. Numerous monuments, works of art, and statues can be seen on the main campus including the Confucius and Gilgamesh statues.

The university comprises eight academic faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, these are:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • University of Sydney Business School
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science
  • Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Sydney Law School


Whether a student is applying as a domestic or international student, understanding the criteria for admission is essential. For an international student, preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree there are two ways to apply:

Applying through the UAC form, which is limited to the students from Indian Baccalaureate. It is an online application form that constitutes 18 institutions and students can apply to a maximum of 5 colleges.

Directly applying to the university’s website through their undergraduate app form. This is the most common way of applying to Australian universities by international students.

Univ. of Sydney has two intakes; February and July. Students are allowed to apply for an undergraduate degree once they have completed grade XII. Unlike other geographies, Australia only allows the students who have their final board results before submitting their application.


July Intake March – April Students who have completed grade XII and have the result can apply
February Intake October – November (previous year) Students who have completed grade XII and have the result can apply

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The requirements for the undergraduate degree for the said university are very straightforward. Students are required to submit their academic records, personal details, choice of course, English language proficiency proof, and a personal statement. Students with at least 65% in their grade XII can apply. For the students applying to competitive courses like the STEM, the Advanced Placement (AP) tests are not mandatory but can provide an advantage in the admission process.

A student must achieve a band of at least 6.5 in IELTS, and a score above 85 in TOEFL is accepted. Personal Statement is another crucial aspect of admission in the University of Sydney, as it covers information about academic & non-academic activities, projects, leadership work, etc. Letters of Recommendation (LOR) aren’t required for undergraduate admission, but can be asked to submit one LOR if need be on the basis of the chosen subject.

Univ. of Sydney do not ask for any extra-curricular activities, but these may be considered a plus on the application. So it is important for students to participate in relevant activities linked to their area of study. These experiences are extremely valuable while writing the statement of purpose and sometimes optional essay questions (students will be informed about it in the form).

If the student is applying for a medical degree/course, then there is one compulsory entrance exam that he/she needs to appear for – University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), which is quite popular in Australia. All top universities accept and recognize UCAT as a medical course requirement, but the University of Sydney does not need it. A student can apply for a medicine related program without the UCAT score.


For the international students acquiring the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or selection rank is not a prerequisite, unless a student is from IB Board. It is a selection mechanism that measures a student’s overall academic performance and achievements in relation to that of other applicants. But the international students are evaluated on the basis of their grade XII final marks, a compelling statement of purpose, IELTS/TOEFL score, and any additional information the student may have provided like extracurricular activities, AP test results, etc. to increase their chances of admission.

International students need to pay a non-refundable application processing fee of A$150.00. The fee covers all applications made within one year (two semesters or four research periods). Univ. of Sydney has an average of A$41K to 44K tuition fee per annum. The living cost is around A$ 22K to 24K. Students are also required to attain the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as a Visa necessity, which costs approximately A$305 per year.

After the student has accepted admission to a university, they will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) that will make the student eligible to study a course in Australia and apply for the student visa. Proof of funds, health cover/insurance (OSHC) and the online CoE code helps students to apply for visas easily – an important part of the Australian student visa process.

If you follow the above steps and adhere to the guidelines, it will increase your chances of getting admitted to the University of Sydney.


About the Author: 

Ankita is an Admissions Specialist & Editor at Scholarly, and has 4 years of experience in study abroad. She has a Masters degree in English Literature from University of Delhi. Ankita is an ardent reader who enjoys fiction and composes personal poetry. Her interests lie in learning more about the ancient history of the world and how she can pen down the experiences she gains in her life as articles.

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