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University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
Spring
The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available:
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Energy, Environmental, Geospatial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Mining, Petroleum, Telecommunications
Courses Available in English?:
Yes
Program Description:

University of New South Wales
Sydney, AUSTRALIA

University Info http://www.unsw.edu.au

Faculty of Engineering Info http://www.eng.unsw.edu.au

Office responsible for International Exchange Students

Global Education and Student Exchange - http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/study/inbound-exchanges/formal-student-exchange/

Introduction

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

Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted

Period

Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores:

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the sub-tests of speaking, listening, reading and writing. See http://www.unsw.edu.au/futureStudents/undergrad/sad/engregpolicy.html

Disciplines Available:

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
  • School of Surveying & Geospatial Engineering

Additional application materials?

The application process is completely online. Students need to complete the online application and upload the following supporting documents online:
1. The most recent academic transcript (with English translation if applicable). The transcript needs to be uploaded as one document in a PDF format only;

2. ID page of the student’s passport;

3. Proof of the English language proficiency if applicable.
When will students receive their acceptance package?

Approximately 4 weeks after the application deadline. All acceptance materials are electronic.
 

COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Semester Dates

  • Fall: Late July to late November
  • Spring: Late February to late June

Academic Calendar https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/resources/AcademicCalendar.html

Course Contents

The UNSW online handbook is available at http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au. The 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: http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au

Course Timetables (Schedule of Classes): www.timetable.unsw.edu.au 

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. Most courses at UNSW are worth 6 units of credit each.

Grading System https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/academiclife/assessment/GuideToUNSWGrades.html

Academic Transcripts

At the end of your exchange we will send 3 copies of your academic transcript to the office at your university responsible for your exchange program. Please note we are unable to release your transcript if you have any outstanding fines (eg library fines) and it is advisable that you to pay any fines prior to departure to avoid delays in receiving your transcript.
 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students? 

UNSW Residential Communities

UNSW Residential Communities Office assists students to find on-accommodation while they are at UNSW.
See – www.rc.unsw.edu.au.

On Campus Accommodation

UNSW has several College and apartment options to choose from.

Residential Colleges

The eight residential colleges at the UNSW work to create supportive learning communities and to give students the most worthwhile experience they can possibly have while studying.

As these residences are often in high demand, we recommend that you apply directly to the College of your choice as early as possible and that you take care in submitting your application to ensure it is complete. Each College is autonomous and has its own application procedures. As a result all enquires should be directed to the College concerned.

The Kensington Colleges – http://www.kensingtoncolleges.unsw.edu.au
Creston College - http://www.crestoncollege.edu.au
New College – http://www.newcollege.unsw.edu.au
Shalom College – http://www.shalomcollege.unsw.edu.au
Warrane College – http://www.warrane.unsw.edu.au
International House – http://www.ihunsw.edu.au

University Apartments

The University Student Apartments are designed for independent living for undergraduates and postgraduates. See http://www.housing.unsw.edu.au/housing/self_catered/self_catered.php?p=overview

University Terraces - http://rc.unsw.edu.au/terraces.html
New College Village - http://www.ncv.unsw.edu.au
UNSW Village - http://www.unswvillage.com.au

 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 1-2 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

International Student Housing Assistance (ISHA) offers assistance to find suitable off-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.
See https://student.unsw.edu.au/housing-assistance

PRE-ARRIVAL

Entry Visa

Student Visa

All exchange students are eligible to apply for a student visa for a semester or year of study. Exchange students are classified as a non-award student (Student visa sub class 575).

It is extremely important that you check the requirements of the student visa for your nationality. For all information on applying for a student visa please consult the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website - http://www.immi.gov.au/students

Obtaining a Visa

To apply for a student visa, students need a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Students are issued and emailed their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) once we have received a copy of their Overseas Student Health Cover receipt.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a student visa condition as required by the Australian Government and is compulsory for all exchange students. OSHC provides medical and hospital cover similar to that available to Australian citizens.

Students must obtain OSHC for the duration of their student visa. Students who have been accepted into the Exchange Program will be given details on how to purchase their OSHC online.

Swedish, Norweigian and Belgian students who have the following health cover do not need to take out OSHC:
 
• Sweden: The National Board of Student Aid or Kammarkollegiet
• Norway: Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
• Belgium: Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia
 
As OSHC is an Australian Government requirement; health insurance from your home university or country is not sufficient to have the OSHC fee waived.
 

ARRIVAL/ORIENTATION

When should I arrive?

The UNSW Exchange Orientation is compulsory for all exchange students and we hope, lots of fun. The program ensures that students are correctly enrolled and settled before the commencement of session. It is also a great opportunity for students to meet other exchange students, attend social activities and get to know Sydney. We recommend that students arrive 1-2 weeks before orientation to arrange accommodation and settle in as accommodation close to campus can be difficult to find at short notice.

Is airport reception available?

Yes, complimentary airport pick-up is available within two weeks of the start of semester for students who will be living in on-campus accommodation or temporary accommodation around the campus.

Is there any bank on campus?

ANZ and Commonwealth Bank
 

ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING

Local transportation

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 - http://www.131500.com.au
CityRail - http://www.cityrail.com.au
Sydney Buses - http://www.sydneybuses.info
 

CONTACT

Office responsible for incoming exchange students

The Global Education and Student Exchange is part of UNSW International and is committed to making your experience at UNSW an enjoyable one.

Ms. Elena Sinitsyna
Coordinator and Student Advisor for USA and Canada
Tel: + (612) 9385 5337
E-mail: elena.s@unsw.edu.au

Address:
Global Education and Student Exchange Office
Level 16, Mathews Building
The University of New South Wales
SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA
 

CITY INFO

Sydney Lifestyle

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.


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