In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021. Some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.
Please check the course page for the latest information.
In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students studying in 2021. Some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.
Please check the relevant course pages for the latest information regarding courses available remotely and those that require in-person on campus study.
Remote delivery of teaching and assessment will continue throughout 2021 while Australian borders are closed for students who are overseas or otherwise unable to return to campus for the majority of programs which do not have components that cannot be delivered entirely via remote delivery.
The return to in-person classes for students who can attend campus will not impact the delivery of a high-quality remote learning experience while Australian borders are closed. 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.
Strict border controls, quarantine requirements and other conditions of international travel are likely to continue for some time and you may be unable to return to Australia in time to resume your studies or fulfil certain course requirements, such as placements or in-person elements.
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.
A range of spaces are open on campus, including the Library. The University will continue to follow government advice to manage the gradual re-opening of more spaces. All services currently available online will continue to provide remote access. Refer to the access to campus services information for the latest updates.
Tests, exams and assessments will continue to be conducted online unless otherwise advised.
Unit of study outlines will be updated with assessment details and students will be notified via Canvas, as well as through ongoing communication with their unit coordinators and faculty where appropriate.
Whether or not placements go ahead in 2021 will depend on NSW Government restrictions and policies set by our partners. The University will continue to monitor updates closely and work with our educational partners to update students as soon as possible.
No. The Converted WAM (CWAM) was introduced in recognition of the sudden change in teaching methods. To ensure students were not disadvantaged, we are intending to offer remote delivery where possible and students are able to plan accordingly.
Most courses are only being offered remotely while Australian borders are closed. You will only be able to complete remotely when borders open if the course is normally offered online.
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 beyond 2021.
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 new 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 students and visas.
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:
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 kicked out of a Zoom session. Meeting hosts can also lock the session after it has started to prevent anyone new from joining.
The University will remain accessible and the Wi-Fi network, libraries, computer labs, research and study spaces will be available to staff and students who need to use them. For more information see updates on campus operations.
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.
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.
This refers to any test or exam that has moved online and will be held under exam-like conditions which are timed and supervised.
For more information about taking online tests and exams please refer to the “Taking online tests and exams” Canvas site. You can keep this site on your Canvas dashboard for easy reference. Just click ‘Join this Course’ on the homepage and follow the steps.
Other Canvas quizzes as well as submitted assignments and take-home tests are not considered as online tests and exams and will be administered as normal.
If you are unsure whether your unit has a supervised online test or exam this semester, please refer to your unit outline and Canvas site, or check with your unit of study coordinator.
You will be advised through Canvas and the unit outline about the specific details of your assessments, and as per standard practice your end of semester exam timetable will outline the format for your exams.
Find out more about exams including information on end of semester exam dates and timetables.
For more information about taking online tests and exams please refer to the “Taking online tests and exams” Canvas site.
This site offers detailed instructions on how to prepare to take an online test or exam. It is important that you review the information on this site well in advance so that you are ready to take your test or exam.
We highly recommend you set up your ProctorU account and take a practice test as a priority.
When taking some tests or exams online, you will need to use your personal computer using online proctoring or supervision. This proctoring will be carried out by ProctorU, a specialist online testing service.
To ensure that test conditions are observed, your identity will be verified, your test environment will be checked, and you will be supervised while completing your test, using a combination of webcam, microphone, speakers and screen sharing.
You will be supervised for the whole duration of your test, and ProctorU will be available for help at all times.
It is important that you have confidence that your privacy is safeguarded. Thorough legal, cyber-security, privacy and capability analysis was carried out by relevant University units before the University entered into an arrangement with ProctorU. ProctorU has been around since 2008 and are trusted by hundreds of universities and other organisations worldwide including CPA and the universities of Florida, Georgia SouthWestern, Mississippi and Iowa. This organisation works with many universities globally and is subject to multi-jurisdictional privacy and security regulations.
ProctorU will only require your basic student information (name, email address and phone number) and in most cases will not require access to your computer during a test. An online proctor will not be able to access your computer without your express permission. More details about ProctorU’s privacy and security in relation to University of Sydney online tests can be found in our FAQS on Canvas, including what software needs to be installed and why, what actually happens during a proctored session, and what information ProctorU has access to.
The “Taking online tests and exams” Canvas site will explain how to set up a ‘ProctorU’ (the service provider of the online supervised tests) account and organise a time to sit your test. When you set up your account, you will be asked to nominate the time zone you are currently in.
Available times to sit your test will be displayed in your nominated time zone.
Disability Services helps students who have a disability to access reasonable adjustments for tests and exams. They can also help students who have a temporary condition or injury and require adjustments for their test or exam.
If some units of study are not available to study remotely and your application for a reduced study load is granted, your tuition fees will be reduced based on your enrolment for the relevant teaching period. See the FAQ below for more information.
The reduced study load request must be lodged prior to the relevant census date.
Your fees will be reduced based on the number of credit points you enrol in for the relevant teaching period, noting a full-time study load for a semester is generally 24 credit points. For instance, if you paid for a full 24 credit point enrolment but were subsequently approved to reduce your study load to 12 credit points in Semester 1, you would be eligible for a full refund or credit of the overpayment. Most units of study are 6 credit points but you can check your specific units of study on our Sydney Courses website.
You can work out the unit of study cost by looking on the University’s website for the indicative annual course fee rate (based on a 48 credit point enrolment). Depending on the credit point value of each unit, you can calculate the unit of study cost. You can also refer to your Student Financial Statement for each semester for confirmation of your actual unit of study costs.
Your tuition fees will be adjusted automatically as you vary your enrolment, as long as your enrolment change occurs prior to the teaching period census date. Any overpayment of your tuition fees will appear in the system as an overpayment (known as a fee credit) in your account, which automatically rolls over to your future fees where applicable. You can apply for a refund of any overpaid tuition fees by logging onto Sydney Student (go to “My Finance”, “Your Finances”, then “Request refund”). If you are unable to complete this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see the refunds webpage.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving and complex situation. The University will consider the issue of withdrawal fees for 2022 in due course and communicate our approach with students.
If your degree takes longer to complete due to COVID-19, you will not need to pay additional fees for units you have already paid for provided you follow our reasonable directions for enrolment and satisfy your course requirements. For instance, if you fail a unit of study, you will need to pay again to enrol a second time. However, all fees are subject to annual reviews and may increase for each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Updated indicative fees are published annually. You will need to pay the updated fees each year you study with us.
Please read and follow the instructions on your scholarship offer. For certain Scholarships, you will need to send an email to the Scholarships Office to request a deferral for your scholarship offer and explain the reasons for your deferral request.
Deferral is subject to review from the Head of Scholarships Office and is subject to the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
For external scholarships, you will need to refer to the relevant funding body for terms and conditions.
The University is committed to supporting HDR students whose research plans have been impacted by the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19.
If you are a current HDR student, please visit the research support section of the Intranet (requires UniKey access) for further information, including extensions to submission deadlines and centrally funded scholarships, general bursaries, submission milestones and Annual Progress Reviews.
No, research periods will remain unchanged.
The University is prioritising research and the needs of HDR students in the return to campus plan.
Yes, most HDR coursework units are available remotely. From 2021 all HDR students must complete HDR coursework requirements, full list of units can be found on our postgraduate research website.
More than 250 coursework units of study are available for HDR students to study remotely (subject to current border closures and public health advice). There are some exceptions and students should refer to the units of study for further information. The following HDR units of study are not available remotely in 2021:
Yes, you will need to discuss your research project changes in detail with your supervisor before you commence your HDR course online.
Consider moving forward project work such as literature reviews and systematic reviews, until you can be on-campus to use research facilities and labs. Please discuss in detail with your supervisor.
If you are a University of Sydney stipend scholarship recipient, your stipend payment will be paid into your Australian bank account. If you don’t have an Australian bank account at the time of enrolment, don’t worry, you won’t be disadvantaged as you will receive back payment once you have provided an Australian bank account details to the university
If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure, which affect your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration.
The University wishes to avoid placing an additional burden on the health care system during the COVID-19 crisis. As an alternative to a medical certificate or other medical documents, you can submit a student declaration, with any available supporting evidence, that describes the misadventure, illness or injury that you suffered and for how long. The conditions for making student declarations are outlined in the template.
Most registered medical/health practices are offering medical certificates (by email) for an online or phone consultation. If you are consulting a medical practitioner regarding your symptoms, you should request a medical certificate that also identifies an affected period. An affected period is the timeframe during which your condition has seriously impacted on your ability to complete an assessment task at the normal level of competence.
You may use a medical certificate to support your application for special consideration if you feel that your condition has adversely impacted on your ability to complete an assessment task. If it is not practicable for you to obtain a medical certificate or other medical documentation, you need to provide a student declaration with a statement describing how you have been impacted by your condition and for how long. The student declaration needs to be submitted as part of your special consideration application.
If you experience symptoms of coronavirus, which include a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please follow the health advice and steps to take on our website here.
Your eligibility for special consideration depends on whether your circumstances were out of your control, and whether they have seriously impacted on your ability to complete an assessment task at the normal level of competence. All applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Where possible, you should submit supporting evidence that confirms the extent and duration of the impact of your circumstances on your ability to complete assessment requirements.
Due to COVID-19, if it is not possible for you to obtain medical or supporting documents, you need to provide a student declaration with a statement describing how you have been impacted by your circumstances and for how long. The student declaration needs to be submitted as part of your special consideration application.
If you are in self-isolation but are well and have not been impacted by other circumstances outside your control, you are expected to continue with your studies remotely and complete all assessments as normal.
If you start to feel unwell during your self-isolation period, follow the health advice and steps to take on our website. You should phone (do not visit) a local general practitioner (GP) or the closest hospital emergency department for instructions.
If you are consulting a medical practitioner regarding your symptoms, you should request a medical certificate that also identifies an affected period. An affected period is the timeframe during which your condition has seriously impacted on your ability to complete an assessment task at the normal level of competence.
If it is not practicable for you to obtain a medical certificate or other medical documentation, you need to provide a student declaration with a statement describing how you have been impacted by your condition and for how long. The student declaration needs to be submitted as part of your special consideration application.
You should submit a student declaration describing your circumstances, along with any accompanying evidence such as a travel plan or cancelled flight itinerary. If you have been instructed to return to your home country by your government, you can submit documents such as travel documents, emails or other communications from home country government authorities, or evidence of your Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) status.
If you are a carer you can submit relevant supporting documents such as communications from your child’s school, or medical documents confirming that the person you care for has a pre-existing condition and that you are their carer. If possible, you should seek their consent before providing their medical documents to the University.
If it is not possible for you to obtain supporting documents, you need to provide a student declaration with a statement describing how you have been impacted by your carer’s responsibilities, and for how long. The student declaration needs to be submitted as part of your special consideration application.
If you have been required to work additional hours due to COVID-19, and you require special consideration for your assessment tasks, you should obtain a statement from your employer describing the period of time that your work commitments have impacted on your studies.
If you are unable to obtain this document due to an unexpected increase in workload in your work place, you need to provide a student declaration with a statement describing how your work commitments have impacted on your ability to meet your assessment requirements. Please outline the dates for the affected period so that we may provide the appropriate consideration.
Requirements for in-person attendance have been relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be expected to review weekly online lectures yourself and engage with online activities as scheduled. If your special consideration form does not allow for an application for attendance/participation as an assessment under the relevant unit of study, then an application for a missed lecture or tutorial may not be required. You should refer to your unit of study outline for any attendance requirements, including face-to-face contact.
If you have experienced significant technical issues that were beyond your control and have adversely impacted on your ability to meet an assessment requirement, you may submit an application for special consideration.
You should submit a student declaration with a statement describing the issue, along with any supporting evidence such as screenshots or emails, with an explanation of how the problem has impacted on your ability to meet your assessment requirements.
Last updated: Wednesday 28 April 2021