Sydney Learning

Applying for University Admission

Taking the next step. Diploma of Tertiary Preparation.

If you have successfully completed the Diploma of Tertiary Preparation, or if you are nearing completion of your study and due to complete your Diploma before the next University intake, you should apply for admission to a university in NSW as soon as applications are open. Applications for university admission are normally open for all universities in NSW from August/September annually. Some tertiary institutions may also offer mid-year intakes. Please check with the university of tertiary institution directly for more information.

Applications through the University of Sydney

Applications may be submitted to the University of Sydney for each of the following degrees programs. Further information on each degree program is provided via the links below:

You may apply directly to the University using the Undergraduate Application Form if you have completed the Diploma of Tertiary Preparation or if you are due to complete your Diploma before the next University intake AND will be 21 years of age or over on 1 March of the year of admission to University. Depending on the degree you are applying for, there may be additional placement requirements that must be satisfied as part of your application.

In addition, you should consider applying through the University Admissions Centre for entry into a university in NSW, including the University of Sydney, for an undergraduate program other than one of the approved direct entry pathways for the Diploma of Tertiary Preparation.

How to complete your application

Download the Undergraduate Application Form. This form requires Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you may download the software from Adobe free of charge. Adobe Acrobat is available for all recent Windows and Mac OS operating systems.

Complete the application form as follows:

  1. Section 1: Personal Details: Your personal information and Australian citizenship/residency information.
  2. Section 2: Previous applications: Whether you have previously applied to the University of Sydney and, if so, your reference number or Student ID.
  3. Section 3: Scholarships: Whether you hold a scholarship. For the purposes of the Diploma of Tertiary Preparation, the answer to this question will be No.
  4. Section 4: Course Choice: Select up to three courses to apply for, in order of preference. You must enter the exact course name and the course code. The links provided above also list the course code to the right of each link.
  5. Section 5: Secondary school studies: If you completed secondary school, list the name of your exam along with the country and year in which you completed the exam.
  6. Section 6: Tertiary studies: You must provide details of ALL university or college courses that you have completed or attempted (or that you expect to complete before commencing at the University of Sydney). Full certified details must be attached. You also have the option of applying for credit for your previous studies.
  7. Section 7: Documentation: You must attach to your application, where relevant, a) An official transcript or marks sheet giving a complete list of the subjects studied and the results obtained for any programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. If incomplete, include official documentation stating when you will finish your qualification and the name of the degree you will be awarded. b) A certified copy of your official certificate(s)/testamur(s). c) A certified copy of your official professional qualifications. d) A certified official translation of any document not in English. e) A certified copy of the award of any scholarship. All these documents must be originals, or certified copies of original documents, supplied by the institution issuing them. Certain documents can be certified by other official bodies. Institutions may send documents directly to us, but we cannot consider your application until the University of Sydney has received them. If you have changed your name and your documents are in your former name, you must provide evidence of your name change. Please note that all documents submitted to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Group become the property of the University of Sydney and cannot be returned to you.
  8. Section 8: Declaration and consent: Please read the declarations carefully and tick the four boxes below before signing the application.
  9. Email your completed application and supporting documents to The admissions office may follow up with you to obtain originals of your certified copies of documents, or the original documents, if required.

The University of Sydney is subject to the New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (the Act). The personal information you provide in your application will be protected in accordance with the University Privacy Policy. The information provided in the first instance will only be used by the University for assessing your application for a place in the program for which you have applied. If unsuccessful, the information will be retained in the records of the University of Sydney only for the University of Sydney’s use for a period of 12 months and will not be disclosed except with your permission, in accordance with the University Privacy Policy. Under the Freedom of Information Act and the University Privacy Policy you have a right to access and correct any personal information concerning you held by the University in the student and financial databases. Routine corrections, changes and enquiries should, in the first instance, be directed to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Group. By signing the application it is understood that you have read this statement and agree to the use and disclosure of your personal information as outlined above. Full details: The information provided on your application form may be made available to Commonwealth and State agencies, pursuant to obligations under the ESOS Act 2000 and the National Code.

Students with disabilities

If you have a disability, illness or other health-related condition which requires special support services, you could be eligible for services offered by the University of Sydney for students with a disability. You have to apply for assistance and it is important to do this as soon as you can, preferably before you accept the offer or
commence study. A Disability Services Officer can guide you through this process. To do this, please refer to the Disability Services website at as Disability Services is the principal point of contact and support for students with disabilities. Even if you think you may not need the support, you should still contact Disability Services to understand if you are eligible to receive all the services offered. This will assist you in deciding whether you should accept this offer.


There is a limited number of student places available for entry to certain degrees at the University of Sydney (a “quota”). It is possible that not all students who meet the published entry requirements for these degrees will receive an offer. Once a quota has been filled any subsequent applications received will be assessed for the next available semester. A quota may be reached before the application deadline, so it is advisable to submit your application as early as possible.

Application lodgement dates

Applications should be lodged:

  • For first semester (February/March) by 30 December.
  • For Second Semester (July) by 30 June.

Late or incomplete applications may be considered however, the University of Sydney cannot guarantee that late applications will be processed in time for the proposed start date. Quotas apply to some courses. Late applications for courses which are subject to quotas may not be considered.

Certifying documents

The following guidelines are applicable to the certification of any documents being submitted to the University of Sydney for the purposes of admission to the University.

Supporting documents must be provided to the University of Sydney as either an original document (ie original transcript) or a certified copy. A certified copy of a document is a photocopy of the original that has been certified as a true copy of the original by an authorised officer.

Any further enquiries concerning the certification of original documents should be directed to the Direct Applications Office at the University of Sydney Student Centre.

Who can certify documents within Australia?

Professional or occupational groups:

  • An accountant – member of a recognised professional accounting body or a Registered Tax Agent
  • A person listed on the roll of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory or the High Court of Australia as a legal practitioner
  • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • A police officer
  • A postal manager
  • A principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
  • A medical practitioner
  • A Justice of the Peace (with a registration number in the State in which they are registered)
  • A minister of religion

An authorised officer at:

  • A tertiary admissions centre: UAC, VTAC, QTAC, SATAC, TISC
  • The Admissions Officer or Student Services Office at any Australian University or TAFE College
  • The official records department of the institution that originally issued the document(s)

Who can certify documents outside Australia?

An authorised officer of an Australian overseas diplomatic mission

  • A University of Sydney officer
  • An authorised officer of an Australian Education Centre
  • An authorised agent of the University approved by the University of Sydney International Office (a list is held by the International Office)
  • A school headmaster or other recognised examining authority
How to certify

Please note a scanned copy sent electronically cannot be certified, however the admissions office will accept scanned copies with your application as an interim step. The admissions office may follow up with you to obtain originals of your certified copies of documents if required.

The original document must be viewed by the certifying officer and the officer must personally copy the original document and verify it by doing the following:

  • Use a stamp or write by hand on the copy “This is a true copy of the original document sighted by me” on each page of the document
  • Sign the statement
  • Affix the official stamp or seal of the verifier’s organisation on the copy, if the organisation has such a stamp, and print the following details: Name and business address, Contact telephone number, Profession or occupational group (as listed above), Date verified
  • If the certifying officer is a Justice of the Peace the certifying officer must list the registration number and Australian state/territory of registration

Please note:

The University of Sydney accepts scanned documents submitted online in support of applications for admission to courses of study. All of your supporting documents must be true and complete records. You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time. Detailed checking of supporting documents is an inherent element of our admissions process and may involve contacting the original issuing authority, or relevant tertiary admissions centre, educational or other relevant organisation or individual, whether in Australia or overseas, to verify documents. A failure to provide documents on request, or the discovery of either fraudulent documents or a misrepresentation of true circumstances in association with your application, may lead to the rejection of your application for admission, the withdrawal of your offer, or the cancellation of your enrolment.

Advice and information

For advice and further information, please contact:

Future Student Contact Centre
University of Sydney
1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia)
and +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

Applications through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

For all other applicants, including those under the age of 21 on 1 March of the year of admission to University, please submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre. When applying through UAC, please list your desired course as your first preference. Key dates for each round of applications are published here.

During the application process, at the Qualifications/Preparatory courses question, you should select Other bridging or preparatory studies course as the type of preparatory course you have completed to apply for admission.

If you are considering a degree program with the University of Sydney, for further advice and information you may contact:

Future Student Contact Centre
University of Sydney
1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia)
and +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

Non-UAC Entry

Some Universities may provide direct entry pathways that do not require a UAC application. Please contact the relevant university to enquire about their direct entry pathways and admission requirements for each.

Bridging Courses for Maths and Science at the University of Sydney

Many courses in science have assumed knowledge which are subjects we expect you to have studied before you begin your degree. If you don’t have the assumed knowledge you won’t be excluded from the course but you might find it difficult to manage the work, as your lecturer will assume you have this knowledge.

Bridging courses run during February, just before the beginning of semester one.

We recommend you take a bridging course if you’re about to start studying a course and you do not have the assumed knowledge you need for it. It is also an excellent refresher if you are returning to study.


Course dates are published during August for registrations into courses commencing February the following year.

Bridging course scholarships

A number of equity-based bridging course scholarships are often available for undergraduate students who enrol at the University. When awarding these scholarships, the University will be looking at the following criteria:

  • you are either currently or expecting to be financially disadvantaged, and
  • you have a disability or you have relocated from a rural/remote area of Australia.

Please visit Scholarships and Financial Support Service for application details and closing dates.

Bridging courses for Health Science at the University of Sydney

Grammatical analysis

Run in February each year, the grammatical analysis bridging course is offered to students generally undertaking Speech Pathology at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Chemistry bridging courses

The chemistry bridging course will be most beneficial and recommended for students looking to undertake Exercise and Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography at the Health Sciences, and have not studied chemistry at HSC level. While we recommend this, it is not a pre-requisite.

Biology bridging courses

For students looking to undertake the Bachelor of Health Sciences and have not studied any science subjects at HSC level, we recommend the biology bridging course. While we recommend this, it is not a pre-requisite.

More information

Visit the Bridging Courses section of the University of Sydney website.