University of Sydney

Sydney , New South Wales


The University of Sydney (informally, USYD) is an Australian public research university in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850, it was Australia’s first university and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. As one of Australia’s leading universities, the University of Sydney is a key member of: The Group of Eight Australia’s major research-intensive universities; and The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

Sydney offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees and puts students in touch with a world of possibilities through the university’s international affiliations, industry and alumni mentoring programs and innovative partnerships. Students can choose to study either through the bachelor’s or honours program. More than 500 scholarships intended for undergraduate students help them achieve their goals at Sydney.

The basic entry for undergraduate courses in Sydney is assessed on the basis of a student’s academic results. Examples of these requirements include the Australian tertiary admission rank (ATAR) or equivalent, tertiary or TAFE study, or a foundation course. Having an ATAR is not the only way students can get accepted in Sydney, the university also offers other pathways.

The University of Sydney is home to a lot of overseas students. To help them during their stay in Australia, the university has prepared various support services. Pre-departure briefings consisting of information on applying for student visas, organizing finances, travel and health, accommodation (both temporary and permanent), and important documents to pack are discussed. The university offers free airport pick-up services to take students to their accommodation.

Along with these support services, Sydney offers a comprehensive orientation program and pre-enrolment briefing for international students. This will familiarize students with the university, and enable them to meet other students and faculty members. International student advisers are also available to discuss with students any concerns and questions they have.

Sydney scholarships are intended for all students whether they are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. Scholarships are available for year 12, gap, and mature-age students. The university also has a number of scholarships available, including many which are specifically designed for international students. Some scholarships are faculty-based and others are available across all faculties.

Scholarships at the university may be given based on a combination of school examination results, including ATAR or equivalent, and other achievements that show qualities such as leadership, creativity, self-motivation, and communication skills. Students are encouraged to look for funding from sources outside of Sydney. They may apply for scholarships from companies, governmental groups, religious missions, and other universities.

#19th in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.
Type Public University
Size Large
52,987 Students
New South Wales


Courses Available

  • Arts
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Arts
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Nursing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences


How to Apply?

Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
TOEFL (iBT and PBT), PTE-Academic Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Semester 1 Application Deadline
Semester 2 Application Deadline

Cost and Scholarships

Types of Scholarships Available

Academic Scholarships
Equity scholarships for needy and disadvantaged students
Honours Scholarships
Mature age scholarships
Exchange scholarships
Faculty Scholarships
Sporting Scholarships


Australia Awards scholarships
Total Worth Full course tuition fees – covered by the Australian Government, Return airfares to Australia, Living expenses contributions and establishment allowance.
Eligibility and Requirements i. be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship; ii. be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship; iii. not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently; iv. not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection and mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]); v. not be current serving military personnel; vi. not have previously received a long-term Australia Award in the previous four years); vii. not hold convictions of criminal activities (including in their home country) including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH; viii. have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (e.g. having worked a certain number of years in an appropriate sector); ix. be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions); x. be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements;
Application Deadline 30 April
Bernard Lee Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Total Worth $8,500 per year
Eligibility and Requirements 1) Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person 2) be an undergraduate student
Application Deadline --
Other Details The purpose of the Bernard Lee Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students is to provide financial support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Sydney. The scholarship was established in 2024 and is funded by a bequest from Bernard Lee.
Engineering Undergraduate Merit Scholarships
Total Worth $10,000 per annum
Eligibility and Requirements 1) be an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand Citizen 2) be a current school leaver who qualifies for entry into an undergraduate porgram (incluidng combined degrees) in 2024 in the Faculty of Engineering 3) have an unconditional offer of admission to a full-time bachelor's degree (including combined degrees) in the Faculty of Engineering 4) enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree (including combined degrees) in 2024.
Application Deadline --
Other Details Established in 2021, this Scholarship has been generously funded by the Faculty of Engineering to encourage and support domestic students commencing an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.