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Study information

Frequently asked questions about study arrangements
Students can expect to attend most classes in-person in 2022 and enjoy life on campus. We will continue offering remote learning to students who cannot attend classes in person.

Key points

We are reactivating the campus in 2022 and looking forward to welcoming our students. We will continue to follow the health advice as we return to in-person classes. 

  • Welcome Week will begin on 14 February, and any changes to the planned delivery mode of events will be communicated by 31 January. Events are scheduled to take place on campus and online – start planning your schedule with our Orientation planner, and check back regularly for updates.  
  • Semester 1 classes will begin on 21 February and any changes to the delivery of Semester 1 classes will be communicated by 7 February. 
  • Students are expected to enrol in the on-campus offerings of units unless you are located overseas or there is no on-campus offering. 
  • Students located overseas will continue to be offered classes in remote mode in Semester 1, at least. All students are encouraged to make every effort to return to campus. 
  • For units with a mix of onshore and offshore students, classes will also continue to be offered in remote mode, at least for Semester 1. 
    • 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).
  • When you select your units of study, make sure you check the location code carefully, as many units have an on-campus and remote option for students overseas.
  • Given the current public health recommendations, for intensive sessions prior to the commencement of Semester 1 (e.g., December, January intensives), classes will be delivered online wherever possible. Where face-to-face components are essential, COVID-safe protocols will be in place. Please check the Canvas page for your units of study for more information.

More information about your unit of study arrangements will be available when you enrol and select your units in Sydney Student

Semester 1, 2022

We are reactivating campus in 2022 and look forward to welcoming our students in-person. Students can expect to attend most classes in-person in 2022 and enjoy life on campus.

Remote delivery of teaching and assessment will continue for students who are overseas or where it is not reasonably practicable to do so. If you are studying from your home country, you should be aware of the Australian Government’s travel advice.

On-campus learning

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. 

If you are considering travel outside of Australia, for example to return home for the holiday period, there are very important considerations to be aware of, including potential risks to your ongoing ability to study.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelling overseas involves considerable uncertainty and may affect your studies in significant and unforeseeable ways.

The University strongly recommends that you consider carefully all relevant circumstances before deciding to travel overseas.

Up-to-date information about travelling to and from Australia is on the Department of Home Affairs website.

We understand restrictions on travel have created difficult situations for international students and their families. Find out about the various support services for students, including financial support and support for mental health and wellbeing.

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.

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 the transition to 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 social 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 remotely outside the COVID-19 period if the course is normally offered online.

We are making preparations for students to have more on-campus learning in 2022, however remote learning options will continue until all offshore students have been given 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, following our return to on campus teaching and learning. We will continue to provide updates, dependent on future government advice, including available options for remote learning if travel bans remain in place.

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 January 2022