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Postgraduate Research Exchange Program (Two Semesters)


The University of Sydney Exchange Program provides you with the exciting opportunity to add an international perspective to your education at an Australian university with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. You can complete a research period of one or two semesters under the supervision of a University of Sydney academic staff member on a non-award basis.

You will receive an official University of Sydney academic transcript at the end of your study period to confirm that you were enrolled at the University of Sydney.

Tuition fee waiver applies to students from official university exchange partners. You can visit our Global Mobility database to find out if your home institution is one of our exchange partners.

Subject areas

Specialisations are not applicable with non-award courses but most students will study units in areas that they are studying at their home institution when enrolled in semester and year-long programs.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

Discuss your research plans with your home university supervisor. Once you have approval, establish contact with an appropriate supervisor at the University of Sydney.

What you'll study

The interdisciplinary nature of the University of Sydney offers a huge range of study options, providing more flexibility to personalise your experience.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

This course is currently not available to domestic students.

Admission as an Exchange student is assessed on an individual basis. A list of Exchange Partners can be found on our Global Mobility database. You should complete the online application available through the “Apply” button on this page.

If you are a citizen of Australia and New Zealand or a permanent residents of Australia living overseas and you would like to studyabroad at the University of Sydney you should apply for admission as a local non-award student.

Admission requirement

To be considered for the Exchange Program you need to:

  • have a letter of nomination from your home institution;
  • have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor degree and submit substantiating evidence (testamur);
  • provide evidence of written support with your supervisor at your home university and a supervisor at the University of Sydney who has agreed to supervise your research;
  • provide a one page research proposal;
  • have achieved a cumulative grade (across all results in your degree) of either 'Credit' or 'Good' average, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or an average grade of 'C' or better on the European ECTS grading scale (or equivalent)

All applicants must also have met the published English language requirements. Details can be found on the Sydney Abroad website: English language requirements.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney. 

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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