The following resources are intended for students who plan to study away at NYU Sydney for a semester or full academic year. Students participating in short-term programs should visit our Visa Short-Term Travel page for more information.

The Office of Global Services (OGS) is the resource at NYU for immigration and visa advising. The Immigration & Mobility (“Outbound”) team will help you navigate your visa process throughout the months leading up to your departure. If, after reading through the information below, you have specific questions or uncertainties, feel free to reach out to us directly.   

Each student’s immigration process will be different, depending on many variables including citizenship, age, length of stay, and location from which you are applying and your study abroad destination. Failure to obtain the correct visa will prevent you from studying abroad.

If you are an NYU Abu Dhabi student and will be applying in the UAE, please contact NYU Abu Dhabi's Global Education Office for localized assistance. If you are an NYU Shanghai student applying in Shanghai, the OGS will be working with the Shanghai Mobility Team to provide you with assistance.

If you have questions about your visa application or require assistance completing any application forms, please contact OGS or visit us during Advising Hours at the StudentLink Center.

Your Australian Visa

You need to apply for a visa to Australia before you depart. Australian visas are issued through an online process on the website of the Australian government. Unlike other visas, Australia does not place a vignette in your physical passport. The visa is saved electronically and the Australian immigration authorities will check your visa status when you present your passport to Immigration Control. A PDF copy of your status will be sent to you by email once your visa has been approved.

All students attending NYU Sydney must obtain a Subclass 500 Student visa before traveling to Australia. Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need to obtain a visa. If you do not obtain the correct visa, you will not be permitted to enroll in the NYU Sydney study away program.

Visa Application Steps


Complete the NYU Sydney Immigration Form  

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Complete the NYU Sydney Immigration Form located in your Enrollment Portal. This is a necessary step to collect the information our partner institution, the University of Sydney, needs to issue supporting documentation.


Receive Supporting Documents from the OGS

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Obtain your supporting documentation (Confirmation of Enrollment, or CoE, and Overseas Student Health Cover) from the University of Sydney by email.


Gather Documents and Submit Your Visa Application

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  • Compile required documents for your visa listed in the Document Checklist.
  • Complete your visa application online by creating an ImmiAccount with the Australian government. Please refer to the Document Checklist [PDF: 453KB] before submitting your application as it provides the necessary information you will need to complete your application.
  • Pay the visa fee online.


Receive Your Visa

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Once approved, your visa will be emailed to you by the Australian government as a PDF document.


Upload a Copy of Your Visa

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Once you receive your visa (remember, it will be a PDF document you receive by email), you must upload a copy of it to the OGS via your Enrollment Portal.

The visa upload form will ask you specific questions about your visa to help indicate to us if you have obtained the correct visa type for your travel.