• The Great Hall, University of Sydney campus. Photo credit: University of Sydney The Great Hall, University of Sydney campus. Photo credit: University of Sydney
  • Walking through the quad at the University of Sydney. Photo credit: University of Sydney Walking through the quad at the University of Sydney. Photo credit: University of Sydney
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  • Panorama across the University of Sydney campus.  Photo credit: University of Sydney Panorama across the University of Sydney campus. Photo credit: University of Sydney

We are Australia’s first university and are proud of our history of leading new thinking and welcoming people from all social and cultural backgrounds for over 160 years. We are regularly ranked in the top 40 universities worldwide. We have taught six prime ministers, two Nobel Laureates, three astronauts, 110 Rhodes Scholars, one Pulitzer Prize winner and 145 Olympians.

What will you achieve?

Sydney is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1850, it is Australia’s first university and a member of the ‘Group of Eight’, Australia’s premier research intensive universities. It is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and in the top three in Australia. We are currently ranked 37 in the world overall by the QS World University Rankings 2014-15. The QS World University Rankings By Subject 2015 places us in the top 20 for a range of subjects, including:

  • Education – 9
  • Veterinary science – 11
  • Law–13
  • Architecture – 17
  • Medicine – 17
  • English – 18
  • Civil engineering – 19
  • Accounting and finance – 19

The University is located in Sydney, Australia’s most dynamic, exciting and culturally diverse city. Heritage-listed sandstone buildings stand side by side with ultramodern sophisticated ones on our main campus, which is surrounded by green parkland. We are also conveniently situated close to the city’s central business district as well as to Sydney’s world-famous ocean beaches.

The University of Sydney offers the most comprehensive range of degrees, majors and individual subject choices of any university in Australia, taught in 16 faculties and schools across eight campuses.

The University’s academic and teaching resources include Australia’s largest university library and state-of-the-art technical, research and computing facilities. We offer the widest range of research programmes in Australia and are one of the top recipients of Australian government research funding each year. Sydney alumni include many high profile graduates in prominent, influential positions in both the public and private sectors across the world.

The faculty at the University of Sydney is a mix of locally and internationally recruited academics with extensive teaching, business and industry expertise. They bring years of knowledge gained from research in their respective fields to the classroom, providing students with a stimulating academic environment.

The University of Sydney has an exceptional staff to student ratio with smaller, more personal classes, allowing our lecturers to cater to each student’s individual needs. The extracurricular sporting and recreational amenities, clubs and societies available to our students are second to none, and our student support services have been rated as the best available at any Australian university.

Since its inception in 1850, the University has built an enviable reputation for quality, credibility and integrity, and is held in high esteem by its students, alumni, staff, business, industry and government. We are committed to maximising the potential of everyone in the global community we serve, seeking to develop curious minds that embrace challenge and change. We help seek knowledge, reveal new perspectives and devise solutions. Over the past 160 years, Sydney has maintained a long, proud tradition of excellence in education, and we are relentless in our efforts to provide a fertile environment where the brightest minds flourish.

Areas of study

Areas of study available at the University of Sydney include:

  • Agriculture and environment
  • Architecture
  • Design and planning
  • Arts and humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Engineering
  • Information technologies
  • Health sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Veterinary science
  • Visual arts