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Coronavirus (COVID-19): University of Sydney advice

Last updated Friday 24 July
We're committed to supporting our students, staff and community members through this difficult time. We will continue to update you as we adapt to life and study during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest updates

Wednesday 29 July

The Australian Government has made five changes to student visa arrangements to support international students. These changes include:

  • Recommencing the process of granting visas so that students will have them ready for when borders reopen.
  • There will be no application fee for students who need to apply for a second visa due to COVID-19.
  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
Find out more about the changes.

Friday 24 July

  • Returning residents who have travelled from Victoria, are required to get a COVID-19 test after 10 days of isolation before they can move into University accommodation. If you receive a positive result, you will need to continue to self-isolate until you receive clearance from NSW Health. Please contact Student Accommodation Services on with any questions or if you need support.

Thursday 25 June

  • Semester 2 will combine face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, while keeping the safety of our community and public health guidelines in mind. 
  • The University will have as much face-to-face learning on campus in Semester 2 as it is safe for us to provide, including tutorials, seminars and workshops. Most lectures will be online. 
  •  We will continue to provide high-quality remote learning for students who are not yet able to join us in person due to travel restrictions.
  • We ask all students and staff to follow COVID-safe practices on campus. This includes good hygiene, frequent handwashing and observing 1.5m physical distancing where possible. If you are unwell or experiencing symptoms, please stay home.
  • Welcome Week will be held from 17 – 21 August with an online orientation experience planned for new and returning students in Semester 2, with the possibility of some on campus orientation activities. More information will be provided soon.

Wednesday 13 May

  • For most courses, Semester 2, 2020 will commence 3 weeks later than usual on Monday 24 August, and exams will end on 12 December. 
  • Some courses will need to start earlier due to their structure and requirements. This earlier session is called Semester 2 Early. Teaching will commence on 3 August and exams will end on 28 November. It is important you check the session and corresponding dates for each of your units. Visit our Study Dates page for more information. 
  • Find out more about Semester 2.

Tuesday 7 April

  • As part of the University's commitment to ensuring no student is academically disadvantaged as a result of the health crisis, a ‘no-disadvantage’ approach to assessment will be adopted for Semester 1, 2020.

Ask Dr Karl: COVID-19

Coronavirus helpline

Students can submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.
The helpline is available from 9am to 6pm all week (local time AEDT).