A message from the Vice-Chancellor

February 5, 2020
Dear students,

I am writing with updated information on our planning for the start of Semester 1 and how we can support you given the current ban on travel from China to Australia. I know these are difficult circumstances and I want to assure you we are committed to doing everything we can to help you commence your studies with us.

Commencing your studies in Semester 1

We have now extended the latest date you should be on campus to join your class from Monday 9 March to Monday 30 March. If you haven’t done so already please complete your enrolment and plan your units of study.

We are also working to confirm online or remote teaching arrangements where possible, so you can commence your Semester 1 studies if you are unable to join us on campus.

Welcome Week (17-21 February) will go ahead for all students who are able to attend on campus. For those unable to attend in person, we are developing online resources and planning additional sessions when you are able to join us on campus to help you settle into University life.

Let us know your plans

You will shortly receive a separate email from us with a link to a questionnaire. Please complete this as soon as you are able, to let us know your current circumstances and intentions for Semester 1, so we can best meet your individual needs. The subject line will read “Let us know your plans for Semester 1”.

Deferring your studies

For students impacted by the travel ban, there will be no fee to defer or withdraw from your studies.

The deadline for withdrawing from units or to defer your study is the census date of Tuesday 31 March.

Dedicated hotline for impacted students

We have established a dedicated hotline to provide you with advice and support during this uncertain time.

You can contact our team by phone on: (+61) 2 8627 0010 for international locations and 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) for locations within Australia. Press ‘9’ for coronavirus-related enquiries.

We will continue to post updated information on our website and on WeChat.

Please be reassured we are doing all we can to help you to commence your studies, and our thoughts are with you and your families at this difficult time.



Dr Michael Spence AC

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University of Sydney