About UNSW Sydney

UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world. Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the state’s top school leavers. 

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are UNSW Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Successful applicants will receive details of enrolment procedures with their UAC offer. A personalised offer page will be emailed to you on how to accept and enrol online. Failure to follow the outlined procedures may result in your offer lapsing.

ADVANCED STANDING

If you have already completed some tertiary study, you may be entitled to credit for relevant subjects or for entry to the second or later year of a course. The University does not determine credit until an offer of admission has been made and accepted. 

For general advice about credit, contact the school office of the course to which you are applying and visit the UNSW Sydney website.

DEFERMENT

You can defer the start of your study for up to two years for all courses except UNSW Co-op Scholarships (424600, 424601, 424620, 424640) and Defence funded offers at UNSW Canberra. Your offer will lapse if post-secondary studies at the level of diploma or above are undertaken.

For details, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

To find out more about acceptance and enrolment, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

International Year 12 applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

You can accept, defer or decline your offer online at gettingstarted.unsw.edu.au. A personalised offer page will be emailed to you on how to accept and enrol online. Follow and complete the online acceptance process and pay your tuition fee deposit by credit card. Upon the receipt and processing of your acceptance you will be issued with the documentation you require to apply for a student visa. 

ENROLMENT

At UNSW, you will manage your enrolment online via myUNSW and assistance is provided via the Enrolment Support Centre. 

For further details, visit the UNSW Sydney website.  

ORIENTATION

New and returning students should come along and get involved in O-Week celebrations held on campus from Monday 10 to Friday 14 February 2020. O-Week is a week you’ll never forget – it helps prepare you for your university life. From workshops and lectures to info sessions and fun events, O-Week also gives you the chance to get involved in a wide variety of activities. 

For further details, visit the UNSW Sydney website

DEFERMENT

If you receive an offer to enrol in a degree at UNSW but for whatever reason you cannot start straight away, you can defer or delay starting your degree for up to two years. You can defer your offer online. If your deferment is approved, you will be sent a new Letter of Offer. Not all programs have a Term 3 intake, and those that do may have a restricted range of courses available.

If you decide to defer your offer to another year, you will be liable for the program fees applicable for the year in which you enrol. If you decide to defer after having paid a deposit, the University will hold your deposit until the deferred term and you will be required to pay the balance of the fees at the time of enrolment. 

Postgraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

You will receive details of acceptance and enrolment procedures with your UAC letter of offer. A personalised offer page will be emailed to you on how to accept and enrol online. Failure to follow the outlined procedures may result in your offer lapsing.

ADVANCED STANDING

If you have already completed some postgraduate study you may be entitled to credit for relevant subjects or for entry to the second year of a course. The University does not determine advanced standing until an offer of admission has been made and accepted. For general advice about credit, contact the school office of the course to which you are applying. 

For contact details, visit the UNSW website

DEFERMENT

Deferment is usually for one year. Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LLM) and School of Public Health and Community Medicine applicants also have the option of deferring for one term.

Campus information

Locations

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, 7 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

To find out more, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

Student and campus services

UNSW Sydney has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre. The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

For more information on UNSW student and campus services, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

For students with disabilities and special needs, UNSW has dedicated support services. Contact UNSW Disability Services. To find out more, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

ACCOMMODATION

Community, convenience and comfort – it’s these three qualities that make the accommodation at UNSW feel like a genuine home away from home, whether you’ve travelled from interstate or across the world. UNSW has more than doubled its on-campus student accommodation over the past five years, providing homes for nearly 5,000 students.

UNSW COLLEGES

Each of UNSW’s six on-campus colleges offers a unique experience for undergraduate students, offering fully, partially and self-catered options. Across all colleges the student culture thrives, creating a welcoming, supportive environment. 

UNSW APARTMENTS

Students can choose from single or shared rooms and apartments both on and off campus. Apartment life is geared towards independent students of all ages and can cater for couples and families with children

AFFILLIATED ACCOMMODATION

There are a number of affiliated accommodation providers offering college and apartment-style living on and off campus.

To find out more, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All students, except those undertaking an enabling course or Defence funded students enrolled at UNSW Canberra, must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the UNSW website.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE 

In addition, all students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

Coursework programs (Term 1, 2 and 3)

  • Full-time students - $101 per term 
  • Part-time students - $75.75 per term.

Coursework programs, UNSW Canberra (Semesters 1 and 2)

  • Full-time students - $151.50 per semester
  • Part-time students - $113.60 per semester.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the UNSW website.

International Year 12 applicants

Students accepting offers to UNSW are required to pay an acceptance deposit (currently set at A$14,000). For tuition fees, refer to the course descriptions in UAC’s course search.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE 

In addition all students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

Coursework programs (Term 1, 2 and 3)

  • Full-time students - $101 per term 
  • Part-time students - $75.75 per term.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the UNSW website.

FEES POLICY

Before accepting an offer of study, all students should have read and understood the UNSW fees and refunds policies.

Postgraduate applicants

Students who enrol in a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) pay a proportion of the cost of their tuition – a student contribution – and the balance is funded by the Australian Government.

All places in Master of Teaching (Secondary) and Master of Teaching (Primary) are Commonwealth-supported. A limited number of CSP are offered in the Juris Doctor program and in the programs offered by School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Students who enrol in a fee-paying (FEE) place pay for the total cost of their tuition. Eligible domestic students can access the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (FEE-HELP), which provides students with a loan to cover their tuition fees.

DISTANCE COURSES – IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Commonwealth-supported place (CSP) courses - According to Australian Government regulations you are not eligible for a CSP or a HELP loan if you do not intend to undertake any units of study in Australia.

Fee-paying (FEE) courses - According to Australian Government regulations if you receive an offer to a FEE place and do not intend to undertake any units of study in Australia, you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan and must pay your tuition fees in full up-front. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the UNSW website.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE 

In addition all students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

Coursework programs (Term 1, 2 and 3)

  • Full-time students - $101 per term 
  • Part-time students - $75.75 per term.

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the UNSW website

International students

Your stay in Australia

LIVING EXPENSES

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the UNSW website.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work are included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. 

Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying, visit the UNSW website.

HEALTH SERVICES ON CAMPUS

The University Health Service is a general medical practice located on the Kensington campus. It provides general medical practice, psychiatric services and dental facilities to students, staff, dependants and visitors.

To find out more, visit the UNSW Sydney website.  

PREPARING FOR STUDENT LIFE

For important pre-departure information, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE

Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

SPONSORED STUDENTS

The UNSW International Office provides a dedicated team who will offer special assistance and advice to our recognised sponsored students and sponsoring authorities. For further details, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

SCHOLARSHIPS

For information on scholarships and prizes available at UNSW, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. 

Your student visa will require you to have OSHC for its full duration. UNSW’s preferred provider is Medibank. 

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

Unless you are a sponsored student you must pay your OSHC directly to Medibank. To find out more, visit the Medibank website.

Student support

Student Development International (SDI) helps students from overseas adjust to living in Sydney and studying at UNSW. In addition to providing personalised advice and support, SDI promotes understanding between people from different cultures through a wide range of educational, social and recreational activities.

Ongoing support provided to international students includes individual confidential assistance on personal wellbeing and academic matters; information on practical matters related to study, immigration, employment and finances; day trips and short holidays; social and cultural activities; and a student lounge with free internet access and group meeting facility. A variety of e-services are also available, including the online newsletter ISNews.

Visit International Student Support.

Student and campus services

UNSW Sydney has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and a childcare centre.

The University supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life. For more information on UNSW student and campus services, visit the UNSW website.

SERVICES AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

For students with disabilities and special needs, UNSW has dedicated support services. Contact UNSW Disability Services. 

Call +61 2 9385 4734, email disabilities@unsw.edu.au or visit the UNSW website

ACCOMMODATION

UNSW International is able to offer you advice and guidance on what to look for in housing. For more information, visit the UNSW website or email international.student@unsw.edu.au.

Students can choose from single or shared rooms and apartments that are fully, partially or self-catered. There are also off-campus accommodation options. Take a virtual tour on the website, or come and check it out in person. 

UNSW COLLEGES

Each of UNSW’s six on-campus colleges offers a unique experience for undergraduate students. Across all colleges the student culture thrives, creating a welcoming, supportive environment. 

For more information, visit the UNSW website.