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Study information

Answers to frequently asked questions about study arrangements
Students can expect to attend most classes on campus in 2022. We will continue to offer remote learning to students who cannot attend classes in person.

University is more than what you learn in the classroom – it’s about the experiences you have and the lifelong connections you form. While the safety of our community remains paramount, it is also important that as much of the university learning and student experience as possible is delivered in person, on campus.  

Semester 2 classes

Semester 2 classes will begin on Monday 1 August for most courses.

Students are expected to enrol in on-campus classes wherever they are offered, unless you are located offshore or are otherwise unable to attend campus in person.

All students attending campus are expected to adhere to our COVID-safe precautions.

Large classes of more than 120 students are being offered in a live, whole-of-unit, online format, unless they are interactive, or include experiential components such as demonstrations, are required to be in person for accreditation purposes, or serve to build a sense of cohort especially at the start of a unit.

Smaller lectures, seminars and tutorials (up to 120 students) as well as all practical activities, such as laboratories, studios and performances, have returned to campus.

Offshore students

Students located overseas will continue to be offered classes in remote mode in Semester 2, where possible. We encourage international students to make arrangements to travel to Sydney as soon as possible.

  • Some activities in a unit such as tutorials may have separate remote and on campus versions.
  • Some classes may need to be offered in a hyflex mode (with a mix of on campus and remote students).

Enrolling in remote units of study

In most cases where a unit of study is available in both on campus and remote delivery, students who are located offshore or who are otherwise unable to attend on campus can enrol in the remote option.

If there is a remote option of your unit of study available, you can enrol in the ‘RE’ version through Sydney Student. A small number of units of study will require an approval process for students to enrol in the remote option.

Some courses are registered with Professional Accreditation bodies as requiring in-person learning or have been specifically designed to be delivered in an in-person format. If you (or someone you live with or care for) have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and you are unable to attend in-person learning, you will need to first contact your faculty or school to discuss your situation and seek permission to enrol in remote study. Find out more.

Please be aware some classes will not have a remote option due to face-to-face requirements. 

On-campus learning

You are not required to wear a mask in most indoor settings.

The University will continue to encourage staff and students to wear masks in the classroom environment, particularly when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Masks will continue to be required in clinical settings, laboratories, workshops, and other environments according to the relevant public health orders and local controls in place.

For more information on masks please see the keeping our campus COVID-safe page.

All classes have been timetabled to maximise physical distancing, where possible.

All facilities have been assessed against SafeWork Australia indoor ventilation guidelines with classes only timetabled for spaces that have appropriate levels of ventilation.

The University has implemented an enhanced cleaning regimen to minimise the risk of COVID transmission. We are continually reviewing our cleaning protocols in line with the latest advice from SafeWork Australia.

Notifications of positive COVID case locations on campus are published on the University website. If you have been in one of these locations and develop symptoms, test and isolate immediately.

You can see more information about COVID-safe protocols on the keeping our campus safe page. 

Remote delivery of teaching and assessment will continue throughout Semester 1, for students who are overseas or otherwise unable to return to campus. Please note some programs may have components that cannot be delivered entirely via remote delivery.

The eventual return to in-person classes for students who can attend campus will not impact the delivery of a high-quality remote learning experience. Students unable to attend campus will have the opportunity to achieve the same learning outcomes.

We are mindful of students offshore and those unable to come to campus. We will communicate directly with students enrolled in units with activities that cannot be conducted entirely via remote delivery, and who are unable to join us on campus. 

Placements are subject to relevant government restrictions and policies set by our partners. Please contact your Faculty or School for more information specific to your circumstances.

Isolate immediately and seek medical attention if necessary. Inform the University’s COVID Taskforce and note the dates/times and locations you visited while on campus. 

Visit the keeping our campus COVID-safe page for more information.

If you have your visa, you should be planning to arrive by Welcome Week (the week commencing 25 July) and no later than the first week of your course – in most cases this is Monday 1 August.

If you are unable to arrive by the first week of your course, you will need to make sure your Sydney Student record indicates your current location at the time of enrolling. If this is offshore, you should enrol in the remote (RE) units of study in the first instance and begin your studies in this format. 

When you have a confirmed arrival date, we can still support you with tailored study advice and planning. You can contact us via to discuss your options and we will put you in contact with a case manager.

If you don’t yet have your visa and are unable to arrive by the first week of your course – in most cases this is Monday 1 August – you will need to make sure your Sydney Student record indicates your current location at the time of enrolling. You should enrol in the remote (RE) units of study in the first instance and begin your studies in this format. 

We’re here to help and the University of Sydney is committed to supporting you through your remote learning and when you arrive in Australia.

Friday 12 August is the last date you can amend your own enrolment to change from remote (RE) to on-campus. If you can’t arrive by 12 August, we can still support you with tailored study advice and planning for when you arrive. You can contact us via to discuss your options and we will put you in contact with a case manager.

We’re here to help and the University of Sydney is committed to supporting you when you arrive in Australia.

Studying remotely

Visit our student website to find out everything you need to know about the student services, resources and events that are available to you whilst studying remotely.

The University is providing students with resources and support to help with remote study arrangements. Your learning resources and activities will run through Canvas, and may use other tools such as Zoom, Echo360 and Turnitin.

A few key tips to help you effectively learn are:

  • Communicate regularly with your lecturers, tutors and classmates
  • Set up your calendar and create a daily routine
  • Check your student email and unit of studies' Canvas site daily
  • Make sure all of your equipment and technology is working and up-to-date
  • Take regular breaks and keep to regular hours.

For more tips on learning effectively while off-campus, see our guide.

You can also search for help using other tools online through ICT's Knowledge Base.

You will need to log in to Canvas to access learning resources for your unit of study. You will also need to access other tools including Echo360 for streamed and recorded lectures, and Zoom for online tutorials. Find out how to download these apps.

For help using Canvas, visit the Canvas Student Guide to find out how to make the most of common tools that your unit might use, including Zoom, Echo360 and Turnitin. You can also access 24/7 Canvas support via chat - click on the "Help" button in the left hand menu from anywhere in Canvas.

You can also search for help using other tools online through ICT's Knowledge Base.

There are several features in Zoom that you can use to manage participants for a secure session.

You can set up a password on your Zoom session to register participants and you can use a waiting room to ensure you let in only the intended guests.

Misbehaving participants can be removed from a Zoom session. Meeting hosts can also lock the session after it has started to prevent anyone new from joining.

Find out more about managing Zoom participants.

Students are able to use a VPN service free of charge which is approved for use in China and accessed via UniKey.

Most students located in China will be able to access the majority of their core teaching and learning tools without a VPN, and we encourage you to try this first. If you encounter any issues, download and use the new VPN solution using the instructions for either Windows or MacOS. This service is free of charge and accessed via your UniKey.

The initial download may take some time, but once the VPN client is downloaded and set up, your connection to University resources will be much faster.

Visit our online resources for students in China page for more information about accessing and using these tools.

Please only use this VPN for access from within mainland China.

If you enrol in a unit of study where the location is remote (location code ‘RE’ in Sydney Student), these units will be delivered online and you will not be required to attend classes in-person.

You are expected to still attend all interactive classes at the scheduled time on your timetable. Some units of study are unable to be delivered remotely, and these have adapted face-to-face requirements to accommodate physical distancing and to allow for students to progress through their degree.

Check your unit outline for specific participation and attendance requirements.

The annual SSAF will continue to be collected to fund essential support services, student advocacy organisations and non-academic programs for students. It covers a large range of activities and a large proportion is used to fund student organisations' day-to-day operations. including orientation, legal services, advocacy, support services, financial, employment and accommodation advice, sporting activities, student publications and cultural programs. Funding is also used to support student clubs and societies. While most of these services are delivered through the student organisations, careers advice is delivered by the Careers Centre and the Parents Network support is delivered by the STAR team.

This year, the SSAF will allow our student organisations - Students' Representative Council (SRC), Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association, University of Sydney Union (USU) Cumberland Students Guild (CSG) and Sydney University Sport and Fitness (SUSF) - to operate online and provide services and support to students remotely.

Information about SSAF allocation Is published online. The 2021 funding allocation details will be available later in the year.

We are working to ensure all lectures are recorded and available to view in your own time. 

In some circumstances, a class may not be able to be recorded. Students will be notified in advance where possible and provided with alternative resources to access the material.

Some tutorials rely on an interactive format, including group discussions. It is recommended students join these tutorials online at the time they are scheduled. Where this is not possible, attendance will generally not be mandatory, and some of the material may be available for viewing at another time.

Suspending your studies

Applications for suspending studies remain unchanged and must adhere to key enrolment dates. Find out more information about:

Students joining the University in 2022

Most courses are only being offered remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic period. You will generally only be able to complete your degree remotely outside the COVID-19 period if the course is normally offered online.

Whilst we are returning to face-to-face classes in Semester 1, remote learning options will continue until all offshore students have been given the opportunity to safely return.

The majority of our programs are normally delivered face-to-face, and in-person attendance requirements will resume when it’s safe and possible. We will continue to provide updates, dependent on future government advice.

There are many ways to be a part of student life from home. As a student, you will have access to the University of Sydney Union (USU). You can start exploring their events, and the clubs and society activities taking place online. We encourage you to login to the virtual platform where you can browse clubs, join online and chat with fellow members. 

Our students and clubs and societies are also active across #usydonline. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WeChat to get a taste of student life, and the creative ways we are staying connected, while apart.

For information related to international applicants, including admissions requirements and visas, please refer to our information for international student visa holders.

Last updated July 2022