University of Sydney students and researchers come from all over the world and all backgrounds to prepare for a life of challenge and leadership. Our academics push the frontiers of knowledge to increase our understanding of the world around us, and by studying alongside world-class researchers, our students are exposed to excellence and taught to think critically. Outside the classroom, our student experience is vibrant and unique. We encourage all our students to participate in our 200+ social clubs, and we have an outstanding track record of producing champions in sports ranging from swimming to rowing and rugby. Our student sporting body, Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF), was established as the Sydney University Sports Union in 1890, to give students affordable access to as many sports as possible. In its inaugural year the union had 166 members; today SUSF has more than 14,000 members.
The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation, with independently published world rankings consistently placing it as a leader in higher education in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and around the globe. Its national and international performance confirms its position, across a broad range of disciplines, as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, uniquely placed to respond to major social, economic and environmental challenges. The Melbourne Curriculum, introduced in 2008, gives our graduates the best opportunities to position themselves personally, professionally and globally, armed with the flexible and adaptable skills and knowledge to move out into a world marked by rapid change. The Melbourne University Boat Club is the leading high-performance sporting club at the University, and continues to develop an impressive list of national and international rowing representatives.