Located in the suburb of Kensington, near Sydney, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has an international reputation for teaching and research. UNSW consistently receives the largest allocation of government research funds and has strong programs across the curriculum with particular strengths in management, sciences, and communications. It is one of the founding members of the Group of Eight (a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities).
UNSW has over 50,000 students, including approximately 13,000 international students. The result is a diverse and interesting campus environment.
UNSW offers excellent curricula in Arts, Sciences, and Business. Student services provided by UNSW enable BC students to integrate easily into the Australian university system and to live and study alongside their Australian counterparts.
Study Abroad Coordinator
Ground Floor, Red Centre, East Wing
Randwick, NSW 2031
Academics & Support
Upon arrival, students participate in a comprehensive orientation week
aimed at introducing them to the university system, its students and facilities. This is sponsored by the UNSW International Office, which also provides personal and academic counseling throughout students' stay in Australia.
During the orientation students are advised on course selection
. Students are advised not to take Australian “culture” classes that are designed for visiting students, but rather to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments. Students register for 4 classes at UNSW, which is a full course load.
Credit-bearing internship programs are available in marketing, political science, social science and policy, media studies, biological and environmental sciences, and business. There is a separate internship application, which should not be submitted until the UNSW study abroad / exchange application is first complete.
Most students purchase a cell phone when they arrive in Sydney. During the university’s orientation you will receive information about buying a cell phone.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-August and ends in December. Students attend a tailored term before Term 1.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in late May. Students attend tailored term before Term 3.
Students are advised to select the type of housing
they prefer (residential colleges, apartments, private accommodation, homestay, etc.). They will then be assigned housing according to their preference, where possible.
Housing opens before the start of the semester. Keep in mind that housing costs are paid directly to the provider by the student. Students should not forget to send contact information abroad to OIP once they are settled in.
Australian universities do not have meal plans. UNSW has many on-campus dining facilities
as well as off-campus restaurants. Accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
In addition to the more than 40 sports clubs
available, UNSW offers clubs and societies
sponsored by the Student Guild ranging from scuba diving, hang gliding, and sailing to traditional rugby and cricket.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. The flight to Australia is extremely long. From the U.S., all flights travel west. Students who depart from Boston or any other city on the East coast have to add six hours to their trip. The most common route to Sydney is by way of Los Angeles. We recommended that students wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and take as little carry-on luggage as possible.
Information about local transportation may be found here