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Answers to frequently asked questions about study arrangements
Students can expect to attend most classes on campus in 2023. In Semester 2 2023, we will return to face-to-face delivery of classes.

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 1 2023

Semester 1 2023 classes will begin on Monday 20 February for most courses.

Students are expected to enrol in on-campus classes wherever they are offered, unless you are located offshore.

Remote options will remain available, where possible, for offshore students. All students attending campus are expected to adhere to our COVID-safe precautions.

Semester 2 2023

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), which regulates higher education in Australia, has advised that universities in Australia are expected to resume in person delivery of courses by 30 June 2023, where it is safe and practical to do so.

From Semester 2 2023, we will cease to offer remote units and return to our pre-pandemic teaching modes.

Offshore students

We strongly encourage international students to make arrangements to travel to Sydney as soon as possible. Students located overseas will continue to be offered classes in remote mode in Semester 1 2023, where 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

Onshore students will be required to enrol in on-campus classes.  Remote enrolment will only be available to offshore students in Semester 1, 2023. 

On-campus learning

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

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

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

The University’s cleaning regimen minimises the risk of COVID transmission.

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 for offshore students throughout Semester 1 2023. Please note some programs may have components that cannot be delivered entirely via remote delivery.

In Semester 2 2023, we will cease to offer remote units and return to our pre-pandemic teaching modes. Students located offshore who will be commencing or continuing their studies in Semester 2 should make arrangements to relocate to Sydney as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. International students should visit our website more information about applying for a visa and moving to Sydney.

Placements have returned to pre-COVID settings, with policies set by our partners. Please contact your Faculty or School for more information specific to your circumstances.

While isolation is no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage you to stay home if you have symptoms and to 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 for Semester 1 2023, you should be planning to arrive in time for our Welcome Program (which will take place between 6 and 24 February) and no later than the first week of your course – in most cases this is Monday 20 February.

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 sfs.support@sydney.edu.au to discuss your options and we will put you in contact with a case manager.

Students commencing in Semester 2 2023 will need to make plans to arrive in time for our Semester 2 Welcome Program (which will take place between 17 July and 4 August) and no later than the first week of your course – in most cases this will be Monday 31 August.

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 20 February – 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. 

If you are commencing in Semester 2 2023, we strongly encourage you to submit your visa application as early as possible to ensure you are able to begin your studies onshore in Sydney, as classes will return to face-to-face delivery.  

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 3 March is the last date you can amend your own enrolment to change from remote (RE) to on-campus. If you can’t arrive by 3 March, we can still support you with tailored study advice and planning for when you arrive. You can contact us via sfs.support@sydney.edu.au 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 2023

From Semester 2 2023, we will cease to offer remote units and return to our pre-pandemic teaching modes. If you commence your studies remotely in Semester 1 2023 you will need to plan to arrive and continue your studies in Sydney, on campus, in Semester 2 2023.

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 October 2022