University of New South Wales - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Sydney through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Sydney and all other Australia program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of New South Wales program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at The University of New South Wales. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading teaching and research universities in Australia - 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 graduates are highly employable and command some of the best starting salaries. The University also enjoys the reputation of being Australia's leading international university with the largest on-campus enrollment of international students and over 200 sister university partnerships around the world, amongst many other international activities.




About Sydney

Sydney is the largest, oldest, and most beautifully situated city in Australia. Sydney is a major business center and the main Australian port of call for international airlines. Over four million people live in this exciting, cosmopolitan city, which offers more entertainment, shopping and sightseeing than any other place in Australia.

Kensington Campus

The main campus of 85 acres is at Kensington, 4.5 miles southeast of Sydney's central business district. It is a 20-minute bus ride to downtown and Sydney Harbor. It is in close proximity to Coogee Beach and other beachside suburbs and within walking distance of acres of parklands.

Around the University

UNSW's Kensington campus is an urban campus, located a short bus ride from downtown Sydney, the harbor, the historical Rocks district and the international airport. A shuttle bus between the campus and Central Station operates during semester. Central Station is a transport hub connecting bus routes to suburban and interstate rail lines.

The campus is within walking distance of Coogee Beach, Centennial Park, the Randwick Racecourse, and is serviced by a network of bus routes connecting the campus to the city, airport and other parts of Sydney. The surrounding suburbs of Randwick, Coogee Kingsford and Bondi, feature shopping districts with many pubs, restaurants, cafés, cinemas and markets. Centennial Park is a 220-hectare public park where people can have picnics, ride horses, cycle, jog, and walk, feed ducks and just enjoy nature.

The Paddington campus is a free fifteen-minute bus shuttle trip from the Kensington campus, and is situated in a leafy shopping district with art galleries and boutique shops. It is a short bus trip to the city.

Academic Highlights

As one of the largest universities in Australia, UNSW offers a vast range of coursework for Study Abroad students to consider:

Arts and Humanities: Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Criminology, Dance, Development Studies, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Media, Communication and Journalism, Modern Languages, Music & Music Education, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Politics and International Relations, Social Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Built Environment: Architecture, Architectural Computing, Interior Architecture, Building Construction Management, Planning and Urban Development, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design.

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law and Taxation, Business Strategy and Economic Management, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Engineering: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Manufacturing, Mining, Petroleum, Photovoltaic, and Renewable Energy Engineering. Computer Science, Industrial Chemistry, Naval Architecture, Photonics, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, and Telecommunications.

College of Fine Arts: Animation, Applied/Object Design, Art Administration, Art and Design Education, Art History and Theory, Ceramics, Curating, Design History and Theory, Design Management, Design Process, Digital Imaging, Drawing, Educational Technology and Media, E-Learning and Online Communities, Environments/Spatial Design, Film, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Jewellery, New Media, Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking, Rapid Prototyping, Sculpture, Performance and Installation, Sound, Textiles, Time Based Art, Video, 3D Modelling.

Sciences: Anatomy, Aviation, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Climate Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology, Food Science and Nutrition, Genetics, Geochemistry, Geography, Geology, Geoscience, History and Philosophy of Science, Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Materials Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Physics, Physical Oceanography Physiology, Psychology, Remote Sensing, Safety, Health and Environment, Spatial Information Systems, Statistics, Toxicology, Zoology.

University Services

The university offers many services, including:

  • University Counseling Service
  • Student Equity and Disabilities Unit
  • Chaplaincy
  • Learning and Language Assistance
  • Sport and Recreation Center
  • Health Services
  • Library and Computers
  • Student Life and Learning (offers academic, personal and career-related services)
  • The Hub (shared space where students can engage in study and group activities, chill-out zones and study space)
  • The ARC (student organization-clubs and events on campus)

In addition to the comprehensive range of services offered university-wide, UNSW Study Abroad offers academic counseling throughout the semester, a personalized enrollment process, a computer lounge, and a range of organized social and voluntary activities.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance.

Students undertaking study through UNSW Study Abroad program have the opportunity to select two on campus accommodation options: self-catered apartments in the University Terraces or catered single rooms in The Kensington Colleges dorms. The University Terraces are fully furnished apartments with either single or shared rooms. The Kensington Colleges are co-ed dorms that have single rooms and shared bathroom facilities. The Kensington Colleges includes a meal plan. Both facilities are brand new on campus housing that provides a great learning and social environment for your semester. Further information can be found at


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees a comprehensive orientation program helps students settle into Sydney life and adjust to study at UNSW. Information covered includes both UNSW-specific material as well as advice on student services, sports, traveling, safety, health, and getting the most out of your time abroad.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


UNSW Study Abroad organizes a wide variety of social activities during the semester including events such as theatre evenings and performances at the Opera House, surfing lessons, harbor cruises, barbecues, visits to wildlife parks, weekend trips, horse riding, and local sporting events.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

The Sport and Recreation Center serves the Sports Association and numerous sporting clubs. It includes eight squash courts, seven tennis courts, a 50m indoor heated swimming pool, a large gymnasium and gymnastic pit, and rooms for fencing, table tennis, judo, archery, fitness circuits, weight lifting, karate, aerobics, and jazz ballet.

There are also over 100 registered clubs at UNSW including:

  • Amnesty International
  • Athletics Club
  • Film Society
  • Finance and Banking Society
  • Kendo Club
  • New South Uni Theatrical Society (NUTS)
  • Rugby Union Club
  • Underwater Club (Dive Club)
  • United Nations Society
  • UNSW Professional Speaking (Toastmasters)
  • UNSW Waterski and Wakeboard Club
  • Various clubs affiliated with religion

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Sydney or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  

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University of New South Wales
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $6,000 - $9,500
Housing without MealsApproximately $6,000 - $7,500
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
UNSW is in a great location with easy access to Sydney's best beaches and the city center. While you're there, definitely do the coastal cliff walks from Coogee to Bondi. The views are spectacular!