Follow our step-by-step guide to help make the process of becoming a UTS student as easy as possible.
Steps to become a UTS student
Thank you for your interest in studying at UTS.
To make the process of becoming a UTS student as easy as possible, we've created a step-by-step guide to lead you through the application process for international students. If you need more help with making your application, you can also contact an agent in your country.
Please keep in mind that there is a different process of applying for:
- international research students
- UTS students going overseas on exchange
- international students coming to UTS as part of our study abroad and exchange program
- Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students
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
- Summer session (November start)
Applicants based outside Australia: 31 August
Applicants based in Australia: 30 September
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 Home Affairs.
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 Department of Home Affairs 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.
According to the Department of Home Affairs, students must have sufficient financial capacity requirements for the duration of their stay in Australia. A guide to collecting evidence is included in the Student visa (subclass 500) application process in step 2 of Gather Documents in the 'Step by Step'.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements to be granted a student visa.
Applicants must also meet all other core visa criteria.
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Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information about the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) (opens an external site).
Step 2: Complete application
There are two ways to submit an application to UTS International:
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.
Option 2: Complete a hard copy application form
- UTS International Undergraduate Application Form (PDF, 107kB)
- UTS International Postgraduate Application Form (PDF, 96kB)
Hardcopy application forms must be completed using a black pen, with clear printing. You must sign your own application form. Application forms signed by a UTS representative or by proxy will not be processed.
You will need 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 to UTS.
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 you are applying to do.
Supporting documentation may include:
- academic transcript – include certified copies of your academic records
- English language proficiency – include a certified copy of your English test score if available
- a completed form, if you are applying for recognition of prior learning (RPL)
- 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. You must also explain how 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 showreels. 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. You must attach a medical statement from a registered doctor.
UTS cannot consider your application if all required supporting documentation is not attached.
If you have submitted an online application, you can attach copies of your supporting documentation to your online application. You will still need to submit the original copies 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 that 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
- An official translation from the institution that issued the document
- A UTS registered student recruitment agent
- A public notary
Note: translated documents must have an official (translation) seal and be signed by the translator
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 UTS Insearch student
Payment of the application fee can be made in the following ways:
- Via our secure payment site. After your payment has been approved you must print a (pdf) copy of the tax receipt and submit it together with your application.
- cheques and bank drafts – made payable to "University of Technology Sydney"
- Paypal – online applications only
Step 5: Submit application
Your application, application fee, and supporting documentation must be submitted to UTS in two ways.
You can submit the application form to the UTS International office:
UTS Building 5, Block A (CB05A)
Corner of Quay Street and Ultimo Road,
(Former UTS Library)
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Manager International Recruitment
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 the specific requirements you will receive a letter of offer to study at UTS.
You will then need to accept the offer.