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  • Locations: Kensington, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates TBD. Do NOT book travel unit you have been accepted by UNSW, fully enrolled into the program, and have been moved to Step 3

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 3.0
Disciplines offered: Biology (BIOL), Business Administration (BUSN), Chemistry (CHEM), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), Electrical Engineering (ELEC), Engineering (ENGR), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), Management (MGMT), Mathematics (MATH), Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Philosophy (PHIL), School of Business, School of Engineering, Undergraduate Accomodations: Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units Program Advisor: Brittany Williams-
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
University of New South Wales

AUSTRALIA: Kensington 

University of New South Wales 

Fall/Spring Semester 

UNSW was ranked as the 82nd university in the world 
in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings!


*UNSW is an EXCHANGE program partnered directly with USD
Program Dates Fall: mid July to late November / Spring: mid February to late June
*official dates are not confirmed until after the application deadline, unless otherwise indicated on UNSW’s academic calendar:
Financial Aid Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.
Course Offerings Released Typically April for the fall term
GPA Requirement Minimum 2.5
Application USD application
Visa Requirements Yes. ALL students studying for a semester will need a visa. Students will be emailed instructions after the application deadline for their visa by their Study Abroad Advisor, but general information can be found below:
Australian Government Visa Requirements
Language of Instruction English
Academic Structure UNSW courses are 4 credits each, so students should take 3-4 classes for 12-16 units. Students are encouraged to register for 4 classes with the option to drop in their first week of study
Internships Consult the Study Abroad Advisor
Working in Australia Students studying abroad in Australia are permitted given the conditions of their student visas to work up to 40 hours per fortnight (20 hours/week).
Class Size With local and other international students
Class Schedule Confirmed Varies
Housing UNSW housing. Students will be pay UNSW directly for housing, either catered (with meals) or uncatered (without meals).
Exam Type Consult Study Abroad Advisor
Transcripts Received from UNSW 1-2 months after the program ends

The University of New South Wales campus is located in Kensington, only 20 minutes from Sydney's central business district and Sydney Harbour, and only 10 minutes from Sydney's beaches. Coogee Beach and Centennial Park are within walking distance of the campus, and nearby shopping districts with bars, restaurants, cinemas and markets are easily accessible via bus. 


UNSW is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8), a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities and a member of the Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning and student mobility. UNSW graduates are highly employable and command some of the best starting salaries.

As a University of New South Wales student, you will join a diverse community of 51,000 students, with 8,800 international students from over 114 countries.
The University enjoys the reputation of being Australia's leading international university with the largest on-campus enrollment of international students and over 200 sister university partnerships around the world, amongst many other international activities.

The main 38 hectare Kensington campus features award winning architecture, natural surroundings and exceptional sport and recreational facilities, including an Olympic sized indoor pool, courts, ovals, bars, food courts and medical clinic. 


Students attending the University of New South Wales have the opportunity to take courses from a wide variety of disciplines.  Class sizes at UNSW are generally large, and students are enrolled in courses with local students as well as other international students from all over the globe.
Select classes by comparing the host institution’s online course listings to the USD list of Pre-Approval Courses (PDF file). Links to both the course listings can be found in the “Courses” section of each USD program webpage (
  • Make sure that the courses you select will be offered during the term you will be in Australia. Since the countries are in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed; therefore, if you are applying for the Fall semester, you should select courses offered in the second half of the year or Spring term (S2); if you are applying for the Spring semester, you should select courses that are offered in the first half of the year or Autumn term (S1).
  • Students can take a maximum of 4 classes, most of which will transfer back as 4 units (check the Pre-Approved Course list to verify). It is very important to select at least 4 alternate choices so that in the event you are not approved to take a course or there is a schedule conflict, you have back up courses available.
  • In Australia courses will be called “units” or “subjects”
  • Please note: the grading system in Australia is different from the U.S. Grades in the U.S. are sometimes inflated; students can expect the grades in Australia to vary.
  1. Open the Institution’s course options for the term you wish to study (click Units by Offering on the left-hand side, and then select S1 Day for Spring semester classes, or S2 Day for Fall semester classes). To find classes in a particular department at UNSW, please visit the UNSW course handbook and click on the link on the left-hand side that reads “Courses” by Subject Area: University of New South Wales Course Handbook
  2. Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list: UNSW Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to Pre-2017 core only.
  3. Build a class schedule (4 classes, 4 backup classes) of courses on the course catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
  4. If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take 3-5 weeks to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university.
  1. Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307)
  2. The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval.
  3. You will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***


UNSW will bill students directly for housing. The housing options include self-catered (no meals) or fully-catered (meals included) dorms or apartments. For more information on housing options at UNSW, click here. The average cost for a single room in a fully-catered dorm is $7,000 for one semester. 


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 

Student Employment:

Students studying abroad in Australia are permitted given the conditions of their student visas to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. However, it may not be as common to secure employment on campus, but rather a small job near or off campus. 

UNSW has put together a number of available employment opportunities on their website, which students are able to utilize and consult when looking for part-time employment while abroad:


UNSW offers study abroad students a variety of scholarship opportunities, for a full list on their website click here:


All students studying in Australia for a semester WILL need a visa. The visa application process happens after acceptance to the program, and all visa application instructions are sent to students directly by the UNSW international education office. 


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