University of Sydney

posted in: New South Wales | 23
University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university and remains one of its most prestigious. The main campus spreads across 2 inner-city suburbs and is attended by most of the university's students, many of whom are doing postgraduate courses. If you've studied at Sydney Uni, you're welcome to post a review and share your experiences.

Sydney Uni Rating

User Rating 2.36 (33 votes)
Comments Rating 1.9 (10 reviews)

Student Reviews

23 Responses

  1. Ratish
    | Reply

    Too bad to be true

    Usyd charges about 80k for a two year masters by coursework degree, and the amount of money I spent as an international student here is unimaginable. As an Indian, the currency rate already does not favor me but then Usyd, for all its prestige, tries to rob every international student. For the amount of money I have paid, the administration is not only poor but extremely incompetent. I failed a course for which I had to repeat the entire credit and pay 5k for doing another unit, but because of this I finished my course two months later than expected. Since my course ended later than expected, once I finished my course, my student visa was about to expire in a month. Not only did the admin made me run in circles for weeks to get the completion letter (which is still not ready), but they failed to provide me with a time frame of when they are going to do it. After spending so much money, I expected the work done by the uni to be swift, efficient and at least competent, to provide me with the completion letter and the academic transcript ASAP. Their student services are weak, and told me it’ll take me a couple of weeks to get all the necessary docs. These docs are necessary for me to apply for my Temporary Residence Visa, but if they do not provide me with the docs in time, I will have no other option but to extend my student visa. This extension is going to cost me another 1200$, and once I do receive my docs, I’ll have to spend another 1600$ on the TR visa. Quite possibly the worst experience I could have had with a uni in terms of efficiency and competency, mind you, I come from India. All they want is your money, try paying fees late, and you’ll realize what the uni cares about.

  2. Sarah
    | Reply


    DO NOT COME! Save your $$ if you are an international student!! It is not worth the 50K! I am from the US and have a 4 year honor degree in finance. I came here for my MBA… what a waste of time and money! Teachers barely speak English, standard of writing is poor, teachers are so subjective and bias towards the country you come from, you will be stuck doing ALL the group work, no help from career services to land a job..etc. Zero help comes to you! I even wrote an email asking the dean of the business school to meet with me to help me with some issues I was having and he had his SECRETARY email me back saying “The dean does not associate with students..”!!!!!!! The dean!!! Its nice knowing that the tuition I pay goes to that man’s salary and he can’t even meet with a student to discuss the issues I was facing about the course and program!

    If you decide to come anyway, one teacher to stay away from: [name removed]! Worst teacher EVER! Cannot stress this enough. Seriously, just stay in your home country to study. USYD is not worth a single penny.

    I know you are reading this thinking, well maybe it was just a bad experience for her…. but please please please think twice about coming here. Out of my class of 33 students, almost ALL of them regret this school! We were all international students wondering how we could possibly be paying $50,000 for this…

    Stay home..

    • Kol
      | Reply

      Sarah can you reach out to me. Starting MBA next month at USYD

      Kol dot Lockwood at gmail dot com

    • Mitchell
      | Reply

      hi i went to sydney uni too. i was a white westerner borne in Australia. i saw exactly the same thing you did. its is average to say the least. please don;t judge Australia in these guys. we are actually human and don’t believe our own left wing bulshit.

  3. Mik Zhao
    | Reply

    Over priced for a poor education. I was quite shocked.

    Good parts:
    – Great location.
    – Lots of beautiful buildings.
    – Free filtered water.
    – People at the Student Service Centre are helpful.

    Bad parts:
    – Extremely over priced for an extremely poor quality education. I am quite surprised.
    – You Pay over $5000 per unit but need to rely on Youtube, Udemy and Coursera to understand the topic.
    – Some lecturers have a really poor English.
    – The lecture slides and the tutorial solutions have a lot of mistakes.
    – Teach very little but bombard and overwhelm you with a lot of homework.
    – They do not provide sample exam papers at all until very end
    – Sometimes you have 2 final exams on the same day

    – Stay the hell out of this university. Over hyped.
    – If you wanna learn something, invest $15 on Udemy or something.
    – If you want a degree, find a cheapest and easiest to pass university.
    – I would rather study in a crappy, easy to pass, cheap University than crappy, hard to pass and expensive University.

  4. Lena
    | Reply

    Arts degree - disappointing

    Maybe it was just me, or maybe my cohort, but I found that University of Sydney is all prestige and no community. It is incredibly difficult to make friends unless you commit yourself to a society or SRC, which not everyone has the luxury of doing due to time constraints or work commitments.

    I found most of the Arts tutorials to be tense, highly competitive, judgemental, and generally uninspiring environments. It’s ironic that university is supposed to encourage critical thinking yet students are judged so harshly for expressing a unique opinion. I barely felt motivated to contribute to discussions because of this unwelcoming environment. Aside from some nice people, I found most students to be cliquey and condescending.

    I attended a smaller university before Sydney and the learning environments were wildly different – very collaborative, enjoyable, helpful, personal, and inspiring.

    The course content is really interesting, but not done justice by the suffocating learning environments.

  5. Brendan and Julie Kelliher
    | Reply

    Poor Graduation Ceremony

    We made a 4 hour trip to Sydney to watch our daughter receive her certificate for Master of Pharmacy at her graduation ceremony today 9/3/18. What a disappointment.
    We sat and waited as each masters graduate’s name was read out in alphabetical order and our daughter’s name was not called out.
    We sat and waited as every graduates name was called out in the Bachelor of Pharmacy. Still no mention of our daughter.
    At last we saw our daughter stand to be awarded her certificate. They did not even acknowledge that she had been awarded a Master of Pharmacy just called out her name.
    When we spoke to her after the awards and asked her why she wasn’t called out in the correct order, she said that she had been told there had been a “computer glitch”.
    What a lame excuse, University of Sydney.
    Our daughter achieved great marks when studying for her Master of Pharmacy, and you couldn’t even acknowledge her hard work by awarding her, her certificate correctly.
    Thank goodness, no more of our children are enrolled at your university.
    The graduation ceremony was such a let down for us and our daughter and as Sydney University is supposed to be the best University in Australia, you should lift your game. If you can’t get a graduation ceremony to run smoothly, we don’t have much faith in the way you run your University.
    Glad we won’t be back.

  6. Mohammed Mustafa
    | Reply

    Great Experience

    I have studied a single semester at University of Sydney. I must say it has been a great experience. I have learnt alot in my first semester of study and expect to learn more and more in the upcomming semesters. I dont know about the arts or commerce faculty but the faculty of science and Engineering&IT has been the best. Alot of practical experience in IT was provided to me. Moreover there are clubs and societies that you can join so you dont get bored at uni! Do consider joining Usyd 🙂

  7. Jaded
    | Reply


    Thieving tyrants, that is I can say about this disgrace of an institution. High fees for low quality education and admin that would make a 3rd world dictatorship appear fair and well organised.

    The admin of the faculty of veterinary medicine really do not care about you as a person and they will use your enrolment/ability to graduate against you at every opportunity they can

  8. Michelle
    | Reply

    Grad Cert of Pain - a very expensive way to get access to a course written in 2012 and not updated since.

    I’ve studied the online Graduate Certificate of Pain Management and have been completely shocked by the low quality of the course materials and ITS support. The online learning system is antiquated and all communications occur via discussion forum only. The course materials are massively out of date, and are all time stamped 2012, when I studied in 2017! You spend your whole time looking up the latest articles to try to plug the enormous, out of date gaps in the (often incompletely referenced, and often with no learning outcomes) learning modules.
    There are no written for purpose video lectures to accompany each weeks 20-45 page module and 2-5 articles, so the each week is just reading 100-200 pages of dense scientific prose and trying to extract some understanding and knowledge from it. The only videos are some recorded for another conference which have been crowbarred into the Grad Cert content.
    The assessments are ridiculous, and are based around contributing to a discussion forum (which eats up huge amounts of time as you desperately try to research the weeks largely unrelated new case information) and a huge case study at the end that is most of your mark in which you cannot receive any assistance, and your “feedback” consists of three x one line comments on the 3000 word paper you took a week off work to write.
    The contributing authors may well be leaders in the field of pain management, but many of them need to consider doing basic Grad Certs in Tertiary learning to understand how to construct units and courses, that have actual learning outcomes that align with fit for purpose assessment tasks in a learning system that utilises live video interactive classrooms so you can actually discuss and get assistance with learning the complex content. The person who leads the facilitation and marking is a bloody PhD student, not even qualified to teach!
    The most useful thing about this course was the access to the Uni of Sydney library. Bloody expensive subscription though at $15,000AUD. They had 40 students enrolled in most units when I did it, so thats Approx $150,000 for the uni each time a unit runs. You think they could actually spend some it updating the course and paying some people who understand education.

  9. Ann
    | Reply

    Excellent Master of Educational Management and Leadership

    I am an alumni of Macquarie Uni as I completed my BA Dip Ed there many years ago. I recently completed my Master of Educational Management and Leadership at the Uni of Sydney. I loved it. The teaching, choice of courses, lecturers, assessment and opportunity to research in an area of interest, were all excellent. All lecturers demonstrated great expertise and experience in their fields, I could chooses course which interested me and suited my experience. I enjoyed it so much that I am now enrolled in a PhD at this uni.
    The USyd physical environment, relationships I have developed with staff and students, facilities and environment are wonderful. I have also had the opportunity to meet and study with students who are not teachers, nor in education, but did the MEd in Management and Leadership to develop their own leadership in a variety of different jobs, as it was originally a human resources degree.
    I highly recommend this degree.

  10. shawn
    | Reply

    Don’t come here. Someone once told me that the only thing excellent here is the grass. I couldn’t agree more. The student experience is both disappointing and expensive.

  11. Afif
    | Reply

    I hate Sydney and the University of Sydney more than Hitler hated jews. Everywhere I’ve been I’ve had friends, had a social life, and I’ve studied at 3 other institutions. This is by far the worst city and the worst institution I’ve been at.

    If you come to the university of sydney, you are going to have no social life. You will have hardly have any friends and will be in your room writing 8,000 words for 1 of the 4 assignments that you have been assigned.

    If anyone is thinking of coming here, don’t. DO NOT. Go to Melbourne instead. My friends in Melbourne are having a blast whilst I rot in the “beautiful” Central Park.

    • Debbie Galiatsatos
      | Reply

      I went to Sydney University and studied law. I have to agree with you. Sydney University has really gone down hill. Your better off going to ANU or Melbourne University. Sydney can be boring too because the people are mostly stuck up.

    • Ratish
      | Reply

      Absolutely. Very difficult to make friends

  12. Peter
    | Reply

    This is a review is from a potential employer, there does not appear to be another public venue to provide feedback regarding the graduates produced by the University.
    In regards to the Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sport Science) course offered. Over the past 8 years I have encountered several graduates/enrollees of this course. Generally, the graduates have exited or are several semesters into the course, and are then finding out that they are not getting the skills and education that were marketed and sold to them.

    Advertisements, like the YT upload from the University itself, give the impression that the education is vocational in nature and that the course they are paying for prepares them for employment.

    To the contrary, students from the undergraduate degree program later find out that the course is only setting them up for the graduate program and further study. The University should be more honest in advising enrollees that their future quality as an employee or business owner will come down to their own initiative to learn; as the course work is not vocational.

    All of the graduates I have encountered have gone on to comment on how poorly they have been taught to instruct and prescribe exercise. That includes locomotion instruction and analysis, strength adaptation skills, energy system measurement and training stimulus awareness, therapeutic interventions….. it is difficult to find a praise-worthy area covered by the course work.

    Credential is emphasized over experience (as one would expect with the business model of the University), and enrollees should be made aware of this phenomena when choosing how to use their dollars.

    Whilst for a period my business made available free work placement for under-graduates, it quickly became apparent that the University was being paid whilst the students were gaining an education from elsewhere.

    All potential enrollees should clearly think out what their end-goal is; gain a credential or gain an education. The only guarantee the money they spend on their credential at this University will be worth anything (and competitor Universities UOW and UWS are the same, and I suspect all others as well) is the extent of the additional work they do themselves.

    • Debbie Galiatsatos
      | Reply

      I agree. I’ve had many professors admit to me that what they mostly teach the students is nonsense and it doesnt prepare them for the real world. If it were up to me I would make it compulsory for every university student in their final year to do volunteer work in their chosen field of study or else they dont graduate. Simply having a degree doesnt guarantee you anything except HECS debt. Employers want you to have experience BEFORE you graduate. Employers dont care about grades.

      60% of law graduates cannot find a job. REMEMBER THAT!. Most students are sitting in their safe spoiled little world living with their soccer mum and burying their heads in books thinking that a job is just waiting for them..they are so stupid, gullible and naive.

      As a successul Self Representative Litigant that has appeared in various jurisdiction before I even graduated..I can assure you that all of those crappy law students with no experience ( ahhh, no! moot trials are NOT considered to be experience nor are debating teams going to impress me)..we want you in the courtroom! in the legal centers! working as paralegals!..spare me the childish nonsense. Can you handle the pressure or clients? your boss? the work load?..Dont expect me to treat you law students with courtesy. because I have been known to create anxiety and even fear in my opponents. You better know your stuff.

  13. J
    | Reply

    A big disappointment! I am a postgraduate student and I am shocked at the quality of the content. I am feeling bombarded with homework rather than inspired and motivated to dig deeper into the content. I have completed a diploma at TAFE before and learned more in 2 weeks there than in 7 weeks at USYD.

    By saying this I have extensive work experience and feel that many times I actually know more than the lecturers. Also, the lecturers’ level of English is shocking – we are required to do an IELTS test do get accepted to uni but some of the lecturers can barely speak a sentence (don’t get me started with spelling).

  14. Adil
    | Reply

    I was doing master of professional accounting and I have got to say those 2 years were the worst time of my life, the teaching quality varied a lot. From great lecturers to absolutely clueless ones. There is a lot of politics among the different department regarding the student marks. Plus the marking criteria is absolutely pathetic.
    Plus there is no diversity among students, I’d rather go to Shanghai than study at Sydney.
    Overall I have been extremely disappointed with the standard of education at this university.

  15. Maya
    | Reply

    While the course itself has been delivered to a high standard, I’m quite disappointed in other aspects of uni at USYD. I find campus social life to be seriously lacking, the only good events are the pub crawls organised independently by societies.

    I’m also quite disappointed in USYD’s tendency to cram as many people as physically possible into tutorials. Psychology units are a perfect example of this. As a direct result of this, I’ve found it difficult to receive help from tutors.

    Another criticism I have of USYD, is the lack of internship opportunities offered. If you want to do well and eventually (dare I say) get a job once you graduate, you have to actively seek internships independently, there certainly isn’t much guidance or assistance from USYD when trying to find them. ANU, by comparison, integrates internships into most of their courses.

    My final criticism is that USYD can be seriously depressing. The confluence of all of these factors will make you feel as though you’re simply a number. I’m realistic about this being likely to be the experience of many uni students across a range of institutions, but I hear this the most from other USYD students.

    On the flip side of this, USYD has some truly amazing lecturers. Some of them are incredible people. This alone can be redeeming at times.

  16. SC
    | Reply

    I am a Master’s student at Uni of Sydney. I find it to be a good place to learn with a helpful, engaging staff, so far. The big minus is the anti-semitism on campus due to its Socialist Alliance who enjoy bullying and harassing those with a different opinion. I commute two hours each way for a two hour class every week. I don’t need someone with juvenile politics having a tantrum in my ear because I support a certain cause.

    • Debbie Galiatsatos
      | Reply

      I agree with you

      I agree with you! the Socialist Alliance are an embarrassment to the university of Sydney. As a law student I found them to be rude, tedious, obnoxious, naive with juvenile delinquent behavior none of which has anything to do with education and future career prospects. All the Socialist Alliance are is a bunch of extreme left-wing anarchists.

  17. Ricky
    | Reply

    Sydney Uni is the best uni in Australia! The location is amazing in the heart of Sydney. Proximity to the City is ideal for those who like to walk around the city. Public transport around the City is convenient with buses and trains running every few minutes.

    I am currently in my first year doing a Bachelor of Design Computing and it has been a great experience. In my first Semester, we had the chance to produce a video to be shown to the public at Central Park’s 15m long digital wall which was an amazing opportunity and experience. Fisher Library (One of 11 on the campus) is one of the biggest (with 9 floors!), cleanest and most quiet libraries I have ever visited with many incredible learning resources.

    It is definitely worth the 1.5 hour commute!

Leave a Reply

Your thoughts about the university?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *