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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Beumer Harlow Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: None Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Dormitory, Shared Apt.
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers a strong academic program on a large and modern campus in suburban Sydney near shops, restaurants and 15 miles of coastline while still easily accessible to downtown.  This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at an Australian university alongside local students. Students who choose to study at the University of New South Wales want an immersive Australian experience, in a large cosmopolitan city and the independent nature of a direct enrollment program.


The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading teaching and research universities in  Australia. UNSW was ranked #1 in Sydney and #45 in the world in the the 2017 QS World University Rankings.  Over 50,000 students from more than 120 countries study at University of New South Wales.  UNSW is unique in Australia for their calendar which aligns more closely with the North Hemisphere calendar.  Term 1 (February - May) and Term 3 (September - December) allows students to enroll in a full load of 3 courses.   By enrolling in Tailored Term 1 (January - May) or Tailored Term 3 (August - December), students enroll in 4 courses, including an intensive course in the first month of arrival followed by the full academic load of 3 courses during the regular term.   

University of New South Wales lawnCourse Information

The university offers a wide variety of courses across a range of disciplines.

View and search for subjects on offer at UNSW using their online student handbook. Click undergraduate study and search the UNSW handbook.  

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Academic Environment

Students should be prepared to directly enroll in the Australian education system which is based on the British model of education. The student's academic schedule fluctuates between lectures, tutorials (small group sessions), laboratory work, seminars, and library study.  For the class grade students may be expected to concentrate their academic efforts in library research and writing, and it is not uncommon to have a large percentage of the grade based upon only 1 to 2 exams.  The tutorials may require students to prepare materials, present a paper, read articles, or participate in group discussion.  Australian students generally concentrate on their major in the first year since there is not a "general education" requirement like most US four year institutions, and therefore introductory subjects may be more difficult than at AU.

Student Life

UNSW is located in suburban Kensington only seven kilometers from the center of downtown Sydney.  Sydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia. It is a major business center, and the main Australian port of call for international airlines. Over 4 million people live in this exciting, cosmopolitan city, which offers entertainment, shopping and sightseeing.  A sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers attracts many visitors to the bustling city.    Sydney opera house and Harbour Bridge

Sydney's excellent ratings in quality-of-life surveys are due to the quality of its air and water, the beauty of its natural environment, and the level of infrastructure and services available. A unique feature of Sydney is the many suburban beaches along the city's coastline, each with its own charm and character. Then there is Sydney Harbour, which divides the city between north and south, and offers scores of sheltered 'harbor beaches' that are very popular.
The Kensington campus has everything students need to maximize their time studying and socializing.   It offers  cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness and aquatic facilities, sports fields, libraries, quiet spaces, open spaces and a supermarket.   With over 300 student clubs and societies, students can select from an immense range of activities while studying at the university.  

Housing & Meals

UNSW offers a range of housing options both on and off the campus for study abroad students.  There are a range of housing alternatives designed to suit different personalities, budgets, and lifestyles, and allow AU students to be integrated with local students from Australia. Students have two main options: University Residential Colleges which offer meal plans, a range of academic, cultural, social, and sporting activities within a short distance to campus, and off-campus University apartments. These offer self-contained apartments where students buy and prepare their own food and have access to many amenities. Learn more about accommodation options at the university's accommodation website.

Visa Information

AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Australia. Please visit the Australian Embassy website and read the information provided to you by UNSW in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Australia.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/06/2017
Varies by program 02/26/2018 06/25/2018
NOTE: Official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
Varies by program 07/18/2018 11/20/2018
NOTE: The start date includes orientation. Please check with you host university or program for specific arrival date before arranging travel.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Varies by program 01/02/2019 05/19/2019
NOTE: Dates given include tailored term 1. The regular Term 1 will begin on February 14th. Official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university. Also be aware program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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