University of New South Wales
University Info | Faculty of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
University of New South Wales is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement.
UNSW is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Its motto – Scientia Manu et Mente ("Knowledge by Hand and Mind") – encapsulates the University's central philosophy of balancing the practical and the scholarly.
UNSW is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight research intensive universities in Australia and a member of the Universitas 21 international consortium.
Established in 1949, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has over 50,000 students, including more than 14,000 international students from over 130 different countries. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
Applicants to UNSW should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Borderline applicants with GPAs slightly below 3.0 can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90 overall (minimum 23 in writing, and 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each of the sub-tests of speaking, listening, reading and writing)
UNSW also accepts other tests of English language proficiency.
Fall, Spring, Academic Year, or Calendar Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall (Semester 2): late July to late November
- Spring (Semester 1): late February to late June
The Faculty of Engineering is the largest Engineering School in Australia and is consistently ranked the nation's best. Recognition as the leading provider of engineering education in the Asia Pacific region underpins our strong international reputation.
The Faculty of Engineering consists of 10 Schools
- School of Biomedical Engineering
- School of Chemical Engineering
- School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- School of Computer Science & Engineering
- School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications
- School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
- School of Mining Engineering
- School of Petroleum Engineering
- School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
The UNSW handbook is searchable by course name, code and description. In some cases, a more detailed course description, outlines, timetables and additional information may be found at individual faculty or school web sites.
Please note that any courses offered by ADFA in Canberra (Zxxx courses) are not open to exchange students. You should instead select courses from the Kensington campus.
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Workload per Semester
Academic load at UNSW is based on Units of credit (UoC). To be considered as full-time, students must enrol in 24 UoC per semester or 48 units of credit per academic year. This is the maximum number of units of credit exchange students can take. Most courses at UNSW are worth 6 units of credit each.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UNSW need to complete the online application and upload the following supporting documents online:
The most recent academic transcript (with English translation if applicable). The transcript needs to be uploaded as one document in a PDF format only;
ID page of the student’s passport;
Proof of the English language proficiency, if applicable.
Acceptance packets will be sent approximately 4 weeks after the application deadline. All acceptance materials are electronic.
UNSW Residential Communities
UNSW Residential Communities Office website assists students to find on-accommodation while they are at UNSW.
There are allocated rooms for Study Abroad and Exchange students at the self-catered University Terraces (limited places) and fully-catered colleges: Kensington Colleges, Colombo House, Fig Tree Hall and UNSW Hall. Further details, including the fees, application form and deadline will be sent to students after they have been accepted into the exchange program. Students can also apply for other on-campus apartments and colleges independently.
Off Campus Accommodation
Many exchange students prefer to find share housing close to campus in the beachside suburbs of Coogee, Randwick, Kensington, and Bondi. Housing close to UNSW can take a few days to arrange, particularly in January and February. It is best to arrive at least 2 weeks before classes start to allow time to look for suitable accommodation.
Accommodation is a matter of personal choice and depends on individual preferences and circumstances. It is recommended that students view all lodgings in person before signing any documents and not arrange permanent off-campus accommodation in advance.
International Student Housing Assistance (ISHA) offers assistance to find suitable off-campus accommodation to new international students at the start of each semester. ISHA lists a variety of properties varying in price, security, quality and proximity to campus and these can be accessed at the SDI office. During this period there is also a service available to drive new students around to inspect properties.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Living
Sydney's public transport network consists of buses, trains, taxis, ferries and a few private bus companies serving outer suburbs.
Public transport to the University is by bus. There are numerous bus routes which connect the University with the city and nearby suburbs. During the university session, there are special express buses between the University’s Kensington campus and the Central Railway Station and Circular Quay. For full details see:
Transport planning | City Rail | Sydney Buses
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad and Student Exchange is part of UNSW International and is committed to making your experience at UNSW an enjoyable one.
Ms. Katrina Sandy
Tel: + (612) 9385 3179
Ground Floor, East Wing, Red Centre Building
The University of New South Wales
SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA
Sydney is a dynamic, energetic and multicultural city with plenty of activities on offer to suit almost everyone. It boasts fabulous harbour views and spectacular landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Circular Quay, Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour, the Rocks, not to mention some of the best beaches in the world.
Sydney has a vibrant arts, cultural and restaurant scene where you can indulge in the many different flavours of Australia and the world. The popular café scene allows for outdoor eating where you can make the most of Sydney’s beautiful weather.
UNSW’s prime location means it is close to the CBD, Bondi and Coogee beaches and other major attractions and shopping areas in the Sydney city area.
Paddington is home to the College of Fine Arts and is only 10 minutes from the main campus. It is well known for its fashion boutiques and is regarded as the place to see the latest trends in fashion and design. Paddington along with the neighbouring suburbs of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst create a trendy atmosphere with their art galleries, cafes, pubs and fashion outlets.
Bondi Junction is a popular place for shopping and is located close to Bondi Beach. It is easy to access by public transport from UNSW and the city and has a huge shopping centre that houses all the major department stores and retail outlets in one convenient place. The centre also includes a large cinema and entertainment complex.
Bondi Beach is only 8 kms from the Central Business District and Coogee Beach is only 10 minutes from UNSW. Both beaches are perfect for swimming and body surfing. Learn to surf or take a walk along the promenades and experience the true Australian surf lifestyle! Don’t forget to experience the spectacular ocean views along the popular coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee.
Moore Park is minutes away from UNSW and contains two major sports stadiums (Sydney Cricket Ground and Aussie Stadium), entertainment, dinning and shopping venues. Next door is Centennial Park located on 189 hectares of beautiful parklands where people can walk, picnic, rest from the hassle and bustle of every day life and enjoy outdoor activities.
There are express busses from UNSW to the city and Central Railway Station. Close to Central Railway Station is Sydney’s China Town with an exciting mix of affordable restaurants and shops from all over Asia. Just a short walk away is Darling Harbour where you can find museums, Sydney Aquarium and plenty of speciality shops.
There is always plenty to do in Sydney, lots of friendly people and the great weather makes it the perfect destination to spend 6 -12 months on exchange.