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Coronavirus (COVID-19): University of Sydney advice

Last updated Friday 18 September
We're committed to supporting our students, staff and community members through this difficult time. We will continue to update you as we adapt to life and study during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latest updates

Wednesday 2 September

A member of the public who has since tested positive for COVID-19 briefly visited the Carslaw Building between 8 and 8.10pm on Friday 28 August.

Monday 24 August

Classes for Semester 2 have started both online and in person. If you're attending in-person classes on our campuses, make sure you:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from others and avoid crowding walkways and entrances.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • If you have any symptoms, stay home and get tested.
  • Bring your student card with you to swipe in to buildings and classrooms.
  • Check your class location on the campus maps so you can arrive on time.
  • Wipe your desk before you use it.
  • Listen carefully and follow any instructions from your lecturer or tutor.

Find out more about COVID-safety when attending in-person classes.?

Wednesday 29 July

The Australian Government has made five changes to student visa arrangements to support international students. These changes include:

  • Recommencing the process of granting visas?so that students will have them ready for when borders reopen.
  • There will be no application fee for?students who?need to apply for a second visa due to COVID-19.
  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
Find out more about the changes.

Friday 24 July

  • Returning residents who have travelled from Victoria, are required to get a COVID-19 test after 10 days of isolation before they can move into University accommodation. If you receive a positive result, you?will need to continue to self-isolate until you receive clearance from NSW Health. Please?contact Student Accommodation Services on with any questions or if you need support.

Thursday 25 June

  • Semester 2 will combine face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, while keeping the safety of our community and public health guidelines in mind.?
  • The University will have as much face-to-face learning on campus in Semester 2 as it is safe for us to provide, including tutorials, seminars and workshops. Most lectures will be online.?
  • ?We will continue to provide high-quality remote learning for students who are not yet able to join us in person due to travel restrictions.
  • We ask all students and staff to follow COVID-safe practices on campus. This includes good hygiene, frequent handwashing and observing 1.5m physical distancing where possible. If you are unwell or experiencing symptoms, please stay home.
  • Welcome Week will be held from 17 –?21 August with an online orientation experience planned for new and returning students in Semester 2, with the possibility of some on campus orientation activities. More information will be provided soon.

Ask Dr Karl: COVID-19

Coronavirus helpline

Students can submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.
The helpline is available from 9am to 6pm all week (local time AEDT).