Travel and student exchange

Find out about study abroad and exchange programs.
The University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff. Find out about the changes to student mobility programs, Faculty programs, and travelling on behalf of the University.

Travelling within Australia

Restrictions change regularly based on COVID outbreaks, please check the NSW Government website for more information.

If you are planning to visit other Australian states and territories, please make sure you're aware of the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place

Travelling from Australia

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption. Check the Australia's immigration and border arrangements during COVID-19 for the latest information when returning to or entering Australia. Learn more about vaccinations, pre-flight testing and travel requirements, and international travel rules for NSW.

Higher Degree Research (HDR) students continue to be subject to the same travel requirements and approval processes as staff, for the purposes of travel to complete core components of their research projects. HDR students continue to be subject to the same travel requirements as students for the purposes of overseas student exchange or electives to for completion of coursework components. 

Study abroad, exchange and faculty programs

The University Executive has approved international travel for students participating in global mobility programs to resume from 1 June 2022. The University will continue to monitor travel and risks to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our students.

Application details and deadlines for in-person programs, including semester/year exchange and short-term programs can be found on the Global Mobility Database.

Applications for in-person programs including Semester 1, 2023 Exchange and winter break 2022 short-term programs are open. The applications for summer break 2022-23 short-term programs and Semester 2, 2023 exchange will open in Semester 2. If you would like to find out more in-person global experiences, please contact

Where available, virtual programs will continue to be offered which will enable you to gain the valuable skills that you usually develop through international experiences.


Yes, international travel has been approved for all global mobility experience which also includes in-person faculty programs.

International students who have submitted an application for an exchange program but are currently in their home country and unable to travel to Australia, should email

You will be supported in participating in mobility programs in your country of citizenship/permanent residence, where the host university allows and places are available.

Travel expense claims

If you are a University of Sydney student whose study abroad/exchange program was impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to claim the return travel and/or other expenses incurred in returning to Australia. Please refer to the Student Insurance claims procedure.

If you are an international student undertaking University of Sydney degree programs and you have been affected by Australian Government travel restrictions, you are not eligible to claim insurance. However, you may be eligible for Hardship funding support – please see further details in the financial assistance application form.

Last updated June 2022.