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Applying to study at UTS

If you belong to one of these groups, there is a different process to apply:

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To start your application please carefully follow each step below: 

Step 1: Select your course

Go to course preferences and select the undergraduate or postgraduate coursework course that you wish to study, and the teaching session you would like to commence study at UTS.

You may apply to UTS at any time. The closing date for applications for each teaching sessions is:

  • Autumn session (February/March start) 
    Applicants based outside Australia: 30 November
    Applicants based in Australia: 15 December
  • Spring session (July start)
    Applicants based outside Australia: 30 April
    Applicants based in Australia: 31 May

Late applications will not be accepted. It is best to apply early to allow yourself plenty of time to organise your Australian student visa to study at UTS.

Important information about Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)
UTS is an approved participant in the Australian Government’s Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF), introduced on 1 July 2016 by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

The SSVF is designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler for genuine students.

All international students now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) (opens an external site) regardless of their chosen course of study. A single immigration risk framework will apply to all international students and all students will be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an ImmiAccount (opens an external site) on the DIBP website (opens an external site).

The online document checklist tool for Student visa (subclass 500) (opens an external site) advises students about the documentation they need to provide with their visa application.

Students must have sufficient funds according to DIBP's Student visa financial capacity requirements (opens an external site) available for the duration of their stay in Australia. 

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements to be granted a student visa. 

Applicants must also meet all other core visa criteria.
These include:

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Visit the DIBP website for more information about the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) (opens an external site).

Step 2: Complete application

There are two ways of submitting an UTS International application:

  • Option 1: Submit an online application    

Select the course you wish to study from the course finder. On the course details page click the blue APPLY ONLINE button located under How to apply. Follow instructions to register and submit an online application directly to UTS International.

If you have already started your application using the UTS Online Application System, you can log onto it directly to complete your application.

UTS Online Application System

Hardcopy application forms must be completed using a black pen, with clear printing. You must sign your application form. Application forms signed by a UTS representative or by proxy will not be processed.

You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (opens an external site) to view these PDF files.

Admission to UTS courses is competitive, the application is not an enrolment form, nor does it guarantee admission.
An incomplete application will result in delays in processing.

Step 3: Supporting documentation

All applications require supporting documents to be submitted to UTS.

All documents submitted with this application become the property of UTS.

The actual support documentation required depends on the applicant, and the type of study they are applying to do.

  • academic transcript, include certified copies of your academic records
  • English language proficiency, include a certified copy of your English test score if available
  • if you are applying for credit recognition a completed application form
  • details of exclusion (or possible exclusions) from a course on academic or other grounds
  • details of relevant work experience,  including certified copies of references from your employer on company letterhead, if required
  • supporting statement or portfolio:
    • if required, your personal statement should state why you wish to study the course you have nominated and outline your major personal, academic and educational achievements. Explain why you are capable of succeeding in the course
    •  if required, your portfolio needs to contain between five and ten pieces of original work showing your design ability. Some courses may have additional portfolio requirements. Refer to the UTS Handbook for details. Your portfolio may be submitted as colour photocopies, photos, CD-ROM, DVD, web sites or show reels. Please do not submit copies of your original work, as they may not be returned.
  • details of disability or ongoing medical condition that will require you to seek special assistance from the University attach a medical statement from a registered doctor

UTS cannot consider your application if all required supporting documentation is not attached.

Applicants who have submitted online applications can attach copies of their supporting documentation to their online application. It is still necessary for the original copies to be submitted to UTS.

Certified Copies of Supporting Documentation
UTS will accept copies certified by employees of one of the following:

  • Australian Overseas Diplomatic Mission
  • UTS Authorised Representative or Agent
  • Public Notary Office
  • the Administration of the Institution which issued the relevant document
  • an Australian University

Alternatively, documents verified by someone who is currently employed in AUSTRALIA as:

  • an accountant - members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, or the National Institute of Accountants, or the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or Registered Tax Agents
  • a bank or credit union manager
  • a barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • a police officer with the rank of sergeant and above
  • a post office manager
  • a principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
  • a commissioner for declarations
  • a Justice of the Peace where the registration number is clearly indicated

What does correctly certified mean?
Correctly certified means that your original document has been sighted and the copy has been sworn to be a true copy of the original by one of the authorised people mentioned above. Please note that scans or photocopies will not be accepted.

Translation of documents
Documents not in English must be officially translated and submitted together with certified copies of supporting documents.

Officers authorised to translate official documents into English include:

  • NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters) accredited translators (opens an external site)
  • A translator from a reputable translation company in your home country
  • Note: the translated documents must have an official (translation) seal and be signed by the translator
  • An official translation from the institution that issued the document
  • UTS registered student recruitment agents
  • A public notary

Step 4: Application fee

The application fee will only be waived if one of the following conditions apply:

  • you are a current UTS student
  • you are a current INSEARCH student

Payment of the application fee can be made in the following ways:

  • cheques and bank drafts - made payable to "University of Technology Sydney"
  • credit card - Visa, Mastercard or Amex card by completing the credit card payment form (PDF, 176kB)
  • Paypal - online applications only

Step 5: Submit application

Your application, application fee, and supporting documentation must be submitted to UTS.

In person
You can submit the application form to the UTS International office:

Level 3A, UTS Tower Building
No 15 Broadway,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

By mail to:
Manager International Recruitment
UTS International
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007

To a UTS representative:
You can submit your application to one of the many student recruitment agents worldwide. These Student Recruitment Agents are more than happy to discuss study options available at UTS, and can assist you in preparing and submitting your application.

To a UTS representative at a UTS International event:
Your application can also be submitted directly to a UTS representative at a UTS international event.

Step 6: Acknowledgement letter

You will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application approximately two weeks after your application is received by UTS.

The application procedure normally takes about four to six weeks and UTS International will advise you in writing whether your application is successful.

Step 7: Accepting an offer

If you have met all specific requirements you will receive a letter of offer to study at UTS.

You will then need to accept the offer.