Western Sydney University

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing and economically significant Western Sydney region. Boasting 10 campuses – many in CBD locations – and more than 180,000 alumni, 48,500 students and 3,000 staff, the University has 10 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and courses carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. The University has also launched two of its three new digitally infused vertical campuses in the heart of key Western Sydney city locations – Parramatta and Liverpool.

These new campuses offer technology-rich teaching and research spaces, deliver enhanced student learning experiences and provide links to businesses.

These centres further build on the University’s consistent strategy of adopting technology to facilitate the best services, such as the digital textbook initiative and Western Sydney University Online course offerings.

Western Sydney University is also a research leader - the result of focused investment in its research strengths and facilities. In the Excellence in Research for Australia national report, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above. Such recognition in all these areas highlights the University’s focus on students - more than 60 per cent of whom are first in their family to attend university. The national Course Experience Questionnaire rates the University’s students’ satisfaction as 'above the sector average'. 

Western Sydney University boasts dynamic course structures and supportive learning environments that empower students to achieve rewarding careers and make real contributions to their communities. With a modern outlook, the University has an agile and contemporary take on traditional higher education offerings, affording students, both international and Australian-based, significant advantages and unique opportunities. Your future success starts at Western Sydney University. 

To find out more, visit the Western Sydney university website.

Western Sydney University student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

For information about accepting your offer, important dates and enrolling, visit the Western Sydney University website.

ADVANCED STANDING

Western Sydney University will consider applications for advanced standing on the basis of previous studies or other experiences that you have successfully completed within 10 years of the date of your application for advanced standing. Applications are submitted online after enrolment and you will be required to attach certified copies of relevant supporting documents.

Find out more about applying for advanced standing.

DEFERMENT 

Course deferment is possible for one year only (for applicants admitted mid-year, deferment is for six months only). All courses can be deferred except the Doctor of Medicine and B Midwifery. Deferment will not lapse if tertiary studies are undertaken. 

International Year 12 applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

To accept an Offer of Admission you must sign and return the ‘Acceptance to Study’ form that accompanies your Offer of Admission. You must also pay your first semester tuition fees and any other charges described in the Offer of Admission at this time. 

How to accept your Western Sydney University offer.

ENROLMENT

Once you have accepted an offer at Western Sydney University, paid fees and received a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), you will be able to enrol via MySR, the University’s online student records system. With MySR, you’ll be able to access your enrolment details online. 

Starting at Western Sydney University.

ORIENTATION

The International Orientation program is designed to formally introduce you to the University and to the key staff with whom you will be dealing. It provides information and advice that will assist you in adjusting to the living and learning environment of the University. It will also provide you with the opportunity to meet other students and participate in social activities and excursions.

DEFERMENT

If you accept an offer you may delay enrolment commencement for up to one year. Should you wish to defer the commencement of your course, write to the Western Sydney International Admissions team requesting a deferment, and include a reason for the request. You must also attach a copy of your offer letter from UAC along with your Student ID. International Admissions will advise you of the outcome of your deferment request as soon as we process it. 

Postgraduate applicants

ADVANCED STANDING

Western Sydney University will consider applications for advanced standing on the basis of previous postgraduate studies or other non-credential learning (conditions apply). For details, visit the Western Sydney University website.

Application forms are submitted online to the University after you have received your offer from UAC and are enrolled in your course.

DEFERMENT 

Deferment of enrolment in post-initial and postgraduate coursework courses at Western Sydney is permitted for one year only (six months only for mid-year admissions). You cannot defer an offer for the Master of Clinical Psychology, the Master of Professional Psychology or the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Campus information

Locations

Western Sydney University campuses are located in regional and CBD locations throughout Sydney. 

Western Sydney University campus details.

Student services

Western Sydney University 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, and childcare facilities. The University also supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies. 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

For students with disabilities and special needs, Western Sydney University has dedicated support services

ACADEMIC LITERACY AND GRAMMAR WORKSHOPS

Western Sydney University runs a range of free preparation programs to help all new and continuing students. These programs help you to get ready for university and are offered at different times throughout the year.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS 

Western Sydney University offers a wide range of academic and support programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education is located on each campus and provides students access to a wide range of services including academic and learning support, computer and printing facilities.

ACCOMMODATION

Western Sydney University offers a wide range of accommodation on each campus, providing students with high quality, affordable accommodation which delivers a rich and balanced living and learning environment. Students have the choice of self-catered accommodation ranging from residential halls to townhouses, cottages and units/apartments.

Furniture varies with the accommodation choice, and includes beds, desks, fridges or fully furnished kitchens, lounges and dining areas. It’s the ideal place to relax after a hard day of studying.

Western Sydney University accommodation options.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All students 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. 

Western Sydney University course fees.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE 

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151.50 per half year ($303 annually)
  • part-time students – $114 per half year ($228 annually).
International Year 12 applicants

International students are required to have genuine access to sufficient funds while studying in Australia. Funds should be sufficient to contribute to the cost of tuition, travel, living costs and school costs of any dependants.

The first semester tuition fee must be paid in order for Western Sydney University to accept and issue students with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Fees are then invoiced each session. Annual course fees only cover the cost of your tuition. They do not include other expenses associated with university study such as accommodation, books, equipment, and living expenses. Your Offer of Admission letter will list the indicative fees you should pay, including compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover fees and any other general charges levied by the University. The tuition fee must be paid in advance for each semester or teaching period.

Annual tuition and other fees are subject to change on 1 January each year after commencement of study.

For information about tuition fees, visit UAC's course search.

STUDENT SERVICES AND AMENITIES FEE

Students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151.50 per half year ($303 annually)
  • part-time students – $114 per half year ($228 annually).

REFUND POLICY

If you require a refund of your fees, it is important that you notify Western Sydney International in writing as soon as possible. You must also provide a copy of the completed ‘Request for Fee Refund’ form together with a statement outlining the reasons for withdrawal and any supporting documentation for the withdrawal claim. Funds will be transferred to your nominated bank account.

Postgraduate applicants

Fees for postgraduate students are calculated per credit point and charged on a per semester/term/quarterly basis. Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may rise where course duration is in excess of one calendar year.

Most postgraduate students are required to pay course fees directly to the University, however, other courses may have Commonwealth-supported places.

Eligible domestic fee-paying students enrolled in a non-research course may have access to the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP Scheme.

Students may contact the relevant student organisations for information on membership and fees that are applicable. To find out more, read the course descriptions in UAC's course search.

The Australian Government has proposed changes that will affect the fees that universities can charge. For the latest information, including loan and government scholarship assistance details, visit the Study Assist 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. 

You will be required to have approximately AUD$20,290 per person per year for living expenses. However, the actual cost depends on your individual lifestyle and you should budget for approximately AUD$25,000 per year per adult. Your living expenses are separate from your tuition fees. 

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).

Cost of living in Sydney.

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 is 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. 

More information about working in Australia.

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. 

Western Sydney University will make welfare arrangements for international students who are under 18 years of age. Please note that you must be at least 17 years of age at the time of commencement. 

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

Western Sydney University’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance

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. 

OSHC for Western Sydney University students.

Student support

AIRPORT PICK-UP SERVICE

The University offers a free airport pick-up service for international students commencing study at Western Sydney University for the first time. The service provides you with transportation from Sydney Airport to the University campus at which you will be studying.

Airport pick-up application form.

STUDENT CENTRAL

Student Central will be your first point for information, advice, forms and referrals to other services. Any Student Enquiry and Information Services (SEIS) Officer at Student Central can help you with most enquiries.

If there’s something more specific, like student visas, overseas student health cover, enrolment and admission, lodging forms and referral to support services, they will put you in touch with a SEIS International Liaison Officer.