University of Sydney

University Information, Campus and History
(Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

The University of Sydney (Sydney University) was established in 1850, which makes it the oldest Australian university. It is also one of the largest universities in Australia with a student body of almost 50,000 students. Back then, the university was still known as Sydney College. It officially became a university in 1850 through the efforts of William Wentworth. Seven years later, it received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria, cementing its place in the United Kingdom's group of universities.

In November 2005, the University of Sydney reaffirmed its place as one of the top Australian universities by receiving the most number of research grants from the government and private institutions. That same year, it ranked 38th in the list of the world's finest universities provided by The Times Higher Education Supplement. Inspired by Oxford University, the University of Sydney has continued its expansion by acquiring smaller learning institutions in Sydney. As of 2006, it has a sizable roster of over 45,000 students an academic staff of almost 3,000.


The Fisher Library is located in the university's main campus in Camperdown. It houses more than 4.5 million research materials and integrates 26 research libraries that are all linked together. The plan for its expansion is already in the works.

The University of Sydney Union, the official student organization of the university, is located in three separate buildings in the main campus. Each building has a game room, several bars, and restaurants.

The campus in nearby Darlington contains the university headquarters and most of the university's faculty buildings such as the Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty of Health Sciences is located in the Cumberland campus. This campus used to be an independent institution but was later incorporated into the university in the 1980s. The Dentistry Library and Dentistry School are located in the Sydney Dental Hospital in the Surry Hills houses.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is located in the Sydney Botanic Gardens, which is just a walk away from the world-famous Sydney Opera House. It was made an official faculty of the university in 1994.

Famous Students

Some of the prominent alumni of the University of Sydney are author Germaine Greer, former Australian Governor-General Sir William Deane, opera divas Yvonne Kenny and Dame Joan Sutherland, and former World Bank president James Wolfensohn.

Foreign students who want to study at the University of Sydney can apply directly, through the Universities Admission Center, or through a university representative. Students from any country can apply directly to the university by printing out the International Student Undergraduate application form from the university's official website. The completed form and all the necessary documents should be mailed to International Office, Building G12, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia. They can also contact the International Office at +61 2 9351 4079.

Contact University of Sydney:
Address: Admissions Office, Level 1, Carslaw Building (F07), University of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), 2006, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9351 2222
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