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Changing universities

Transfer from another recognised university
Students are welcome to apply for a transfer to the University of Sydney at any point during their studies at another Australian university, or recognised overseas institution.

Most of our undergraduate degrees are open to transferring students from other universities and colleges.

Your application will be assessed based on your ATAR (or equivalent) or university results – whichever gives you the best chance of receiving an offer. Your university results will only be considered if you have completed at least one year of full-time university study (or equivalent part-time).

The University of Sydney is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) Credit Transfer Agreement. Member universities of the Go8 have agreed to maximise the opportunities for mobility of students between them by facilitating the transfer of credit earned at their institutions.

How to transfer

Much like applying straight from high school, you will need to either re-register with the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and select your course preferences, or apply directly to the University. Further information on how to apply.

Credit for previous study

Related study or work experience can be credited to your degree. If you’ve already completed university-level subjects or have relevant work experience, you may be able to get credit for previous study. This means you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner.

When your faculty assesses your application for credit, they will be looking for study or practical experience equivalent to the skills, knowledge and understanding you’d otherwise get during your degree.

New applicants

If you are a direct applicant, an application for credit or recognition for prior learning (RPL) can be made at the time of application.

Please note the credit application process is different if you are applying through UAC.

Frequently asked questions

Almost any – there are a few exceptions, such as double-degree medicine. Check the specific course page for details.

Yes, but you will need to have completed at least one full-time year (or equivalent) of university study before your university results will be considered.

Not necessarily. Once you’ve accepted your offer and enrolled, you can apply to have credit from your previous subjects put towards your degree at Sydney. Students that apply direct to the University can apply for credit at the same time they apply for their chosen course. However, there are limits on how much credit you can receive.

That depends on your situation. If you want your university results to be considered in your application, you will need at least one full-time year (or equivalent) of university results. You can apply on the basis of your secondary results if you want to start here sooner.

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