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University of Sydney 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
Study Abroad Expert

Admissions at the University of Sydney are very competitive. It continues to be a popular choice for both Australians as well as overseas students who want to get quality higher education in Australia

The university offers a number of programs across more than 400 study areas to provide better options for higher education across different disciplines. Applications for international applicants are invited twice a year. International candidates can apply either directly, through UAC (UG) or through an authorized agent.

In the current situation of COVID-19, some measures have been taken by the university. These include submission of a screenshot of documents, if a student is unable to submit the copies/originals due to closed institutions, English language test validity is extended for 3 years temporarily, there will be no impact on visa obligations in online or remote delivery, and other. For details, look here

The University of Sydney offers a very flexible undergraduate study path for those who want to gain expertise in more than one field of study. There are options for all the students to choose from a range of professional, liberal studies and specialist degrees

Above all, the university facilitates a global atmosphere for its students by giving them various opportunities to mingle across borders. Exchange programs, placements, and even internships are provided for those who want to gain that international experience.

Candidates who already have a bachelor's degree and want to develop expertise in their subject matter, have a range of postgraduate options to pick from. The university also recognizes prior learning which lets a candidate skip the units they have already studied before. This is beneficial for students as it reduces their degree duration, and sometimes their visa duration too.

As per the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020, The University of Sydney ranks #1 in Australia and #4 in the world. The reports also show that good employment is not restricted just to domestic graduates- there are excellent job prospects for international students in Australia. Most overseas students from India, Pakistan, and China continue to work in Australia after their studies are complete.

Over 700 different scholarships are provided by the University of Sydney, exceeding well beyond 84 million AUD. Many general and faculty scholarships are available for international students- both undergraduate and graduate.


Admission PortalOnline portal
Application Fee (non-refundable)125 AUD
ScholarshipsResearch scholarships, loans, undergraduate and graduate scholarships and others
Acceptance rate30%
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/ American Express/Discover/visa
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsSemester 1 and Semester 2
ACT score50 percentile or above
Work ExperienceMandatory for Business Programs
Financial AidGrants, Scholarships, Waivers, Loans and Campus Employments

University of Sydney Admission Deadlines

The University of Sydney takes in applications two years before the course commences, hence giving you a full opportunity of filling the application well in time. The application deadline for both the undergraduate and graduate course is the same in the University of Sydney, tabulated below:

Semester 2 (2020)30 June 2020
Semester 1 (2021)24 January 2021

Application dates for some graduate programs may vary. International applicants must check with their respective program’s departmental deadlines.

Application Deadlines for UAC: The deadlines vary depending on the program. Students are suggested to visit UACs program page of University of Sydney to ensure that they apply as per the program-specific deadlines.  

University of Sydney Undergraduate Admission

With more than 100 majors and minors available, the university also offers customization for the chosen course. The admissions process and requirements for international applicants applying for undergraduate programs are as follows: 

Where to Apply: International applicants completing an Australian year 12 qualification in or outside Australia OR the applicants completing an international baccalaureate can apply through UAC application portal. Other international applicants can apply through the University Application Portal

Application Fee- 125 AUD. 

Admission Requirements-

  • Secondary school and grade 12 scores and transcripts. 
  • All Indian Senior School Certificates, Indian School Certificate, Indian Higher Secondary Certificates are required along with other transcripts. 
    • Original Copies with the application must be submitted, if required submit translations of the transcripts should also be provided. 
  • Passport.
  • English language proficiency test scores.
  • In certain courses (dentistry, medicine, mathematics), there may be an additional requirement of mathematics as a prerequisite. 
  • Some courses may conduct an audition or interview before admissions. 
  • Personal statements and portfolios may be required for some courses. 

English Proficiency Test Scores - Every application for international student enrolment must be accompanied by English proficiency evidence or test scores. Without the scores, applications do not get accepted.

TestMinimum required score
IELTS Academic5.5
PTE Academic46
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)47
Cambridge English Scale162

University of Sydney Graduate Admission

The university offers various graduate programs across nine study areas. The admission requirements for these programs vary. The details of admission requirements for some of the courses are mentioned below: 

Where to Apply: International applicants completing an Australian year 12 qualification in or outside Australia OR the applicants completing an international baccalaureate can apply through UAC application portal. Other international applicants can apply through the University Application Portal

Application Fee- 125 AUD. 

Admission Requirements:

International students who wish to apply for PG programs at University of Sydney must submit the following documents along with their application:

  • LOR: Letters of Recommendation (at least two), preferably academic.
  • Transcripts from previous institutions
  • Portfolio or Written samples: Required for programs like creative writing, architecture, music, etc
CourseAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
Master of ManagementResume; UG degree; 50% Grades; GMAT- 630; Interview; SOPTOEFL IBT- 96,
PBT- 592;
IELTS- 7.0
Master of Information TechnologyUG with 65 percent aggregate; GRE scoresTOEFL IBT- 85,
PBT- 565;
IELTS- 6.5
MBA3-year work experience, GPA- 65, GMAT: 600+TOEFL: 96;
IELTS: 7.0
MA (Leadership & Enterprise)3-year work experience, GPA- 65; GMAT- 600TOEFL IBT- 96,
PBT- 592;
IELTS- 7.0
Master of Science in Medicine and Master in PhilosophyUG in relevant field or bachelor and a postgraduate degree in health, science or related field; Bachelor’s degree in the health field and 12 months of relevant work experienceTOEFL IBT- 96,
PBT- 592;
IELTS- 7.0

Visa Requirements for International Applicants

Applicants to UC can apply for a student visa to Australia after receiving a Confirmation of Enrolment(COE). In case the applicant’s visa or passport details change, the University must be notified within 10 working days.

  • Apply online for VISA at VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online).
  • Enrolled in 24 units of credit per semester.
  • Under the regulations of Australian policymakers, any student on International VISA is only allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight.
  • If the applicant fails to meet any of the visa conditions the visa may be canceled.
  • The student must consult the student development International for any kind of assistance.

The applications are reviewed on a holistic basis. Applicants are suggested to apply as soon as possible to ensure that the application process is completed on time. The University of Sydney offers conditional admissions in some cases, where if an applicant is unable to fulfill specific eligibility criteria, he/she still may be offered admissions on a conditional basis (based on the other aspects of the application package). In such a case, they are either required to pursue a pre-university course and maintain a certain GPA throughout the program, to ensure the admissions ar sustained.   


Ques. I am studying in my home country, do i still need a student visa?

Ans. No, student visa is not required while studying remotely. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Australian borders are currently closed. You will be requried to apply for the visa as soon as on-campus education starts and you have to enter Australia for pursuing or continuing education.

Ques. How to apply for University of Sydney?

Ans. Expect for PG research degree, the basic documentation required for UG and PG applicants is similar. You will be requried to have an Applicant ID (register with the college online to obtain one), proof of residency and identity (visa), trancripts, scholarship/funding documents, other additional course specific documents. You can submit your application online by visiting the course page and applying through the apply now toggle. Enter as an existing applicant (if applicant ID is available) or new user. Details of personal information, scholarships availed, language proficiency, and other qualifications. The university will send you a application confirmation mail. 

Ques. What is the acceptance rate of University of Sydney? 

Ans. The acceptance rate of the University of Sydney is 30%. This is suggestive that the admissions policy is competitive. 

Ques. English language test centers are not open in my country, what can I do?

Ans. The current validity of the English language test is three years for the university. The university is also accepting IELTS indicator for countries where standardized testing procedures have not been resumed. TOEFL ibt Special Home Edition test scores are also being accepted. Once, the standardized testing procedure is available these arrangements will be lifted and will no longer be accepted.  

Ques. I am an international student in Australia and my student visa is going to expire. Can I get an extension?

Ans. Yes, you will have to apply for your eCOE and a new visa. It is important that the visa is extended before your visa expires.

Ques. What is the average score required to get into University of Sydney?

Ans. To pursue a masters degree at the University of Sydney, you will be required to have at least 55-65% minimum WAM. Along with which you need to fulfill other criteria, such as language proficiency, GRE/GMAT scores, work experience, etc. To apply for bachelor’s programs you will be required to have ATAR equivalent scores (vary course to course), mathematics as core subject during studies, and language proficiency.  

Ques. Can international students receive scholarships at the University of Sydney?

Ans. Yes, the University of Sydney offers a variety of scholarships to its international students. Both UG and PG aspirants can apply for scholarships that offer awards ranging from 2,000 AUD to partial or complete tuition waiver. Students can also apply for scholarships to study in Australia.

Ques. Are standardized test scores mandatory for international students?

Ans. The University of Sydney ask for standardized test scores for a limited number of courses, such as GMAT scores for management and MBA programs. It is mandatory for international students to submit these scores as a part of fulfilling the eligibility criteria. Standardized language tests are also mandatory for international students. 

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