Study in Australia – What you need to know

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The unpredictable COVID-19 situation has made global travel and studying abroad challenging. It is unrealistic to delay your study plans, and, thanks to the fast-developing technology, remote study has offered new options to start your university degree no matter where you are. 

We know you might still feel uncertain deciding when the right time to start studying in Australia, and you are not alone. To help you out, we have answered the 10 most frequently asked questions from our international future students to help you prepare for studying in Australia in a post-pandemic world.

1. When do Australian borders reopen for international students to come on campus?

You might have read that a proposal to return offshore international students to NSW has been submitted to the Australian Federal Government for approval.

UNSW has been working closely with the NSW Government, Study NSW and other NSW universities for a safe return of offshore international students since the early stage of the outbreak. 

Under the proposal, 250 students from NSW universities will arrive in Sydney per fortnight on chartered or commercial flights. On arrival, students will be required to quarantine for 14 days in government supervised purpose-built student accommodation.

Students who have an ‘in-person’ or professional experience requirement to complete or continue their studies will be prioritised under this proposal.

On approval of this plan, we will make direct contact with students who are eligible to participate. For further information and updates visit the Study NSW website. 

The simple answer is yes. Depending on the degree you study, you may also be required to complete practical study units to finish your program. 

As a university that produces the most employable graduates in the world, UNSW offers plenty of internship and work placement opportunities internally or externally in collaboration with our industry partners in Australia and globally.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at UNSW enables our students to gain real-world work experience while earning credits for their degree. WIL is available in all the six UNSW Faculties with plenty of overseas placement opportunities via UNSW Study Abroad and Exchange Office. That means you can get hands-on work experience while you study remotely.  

It all depends on the program you want to study, whether it’s undergraduate or postgraduate, or whether it’s a coursework degree or research degree. Normally, you need to meet both academic entry requirements and English language entry requirements to get an offer. However, some programs may have additional selection criteria.

Our dedicated Degree Finder is the ultimate tool for you to find the perfect UNSW degree you want to study and everything you need to know before you apply.

Do you know UNSW accepts secondary qualifications of certain overseas countries? Simply switch the country that you obtained a secondary qualification in the “Entry requirements” section of the degree you want to apply via Degree Finder. Our website will let you know if you are eligible to apply via international direct entry. We encourage you to contact us for more information on what qualifications you may need to meet entry.

Similar to other entry requirements you need to meet, the English language requirements vary depending on the program. You can find the exact English language requirements of the program you are interested in via Degree Finder

Taking English language tests is not the only way to meet our requirements. You may be eligible to apply for a waiver of English language requirements if you meet certain criteria listed on our website.  Or you may choose to complete English courses at UNSW Global before you start studying with us. Check out Degree Finder for more details!

Admissions to UNSW are assessed by our professional staff manually on a case-by-case basis. In the case that your secondary qualification is not accepted by us, we suggest that you contact us for personalised advice. 

Alternatively, you may want to explore our pathway programs offered by UNSW Global, including foundation, diploma and English courses – all available online. The pathway programs provide seamless transitions to UNSW Sydney with guaranteed spot of your preferred degree if you meet the required GPA and English requirements upon completion. Don’t delay your study plan and be prepared from today! 

Yes, we do – but only for A Levels or the IB Diploma results. The total predicted aggregate must be two points higher than the total final aggregate required for admission.

Results must be printed on official school letterhead and include the institution stamp and signature of the Principal, Registrar or Academic Director. Results should be dated after 1 January for entry in Term 3 (September intake), and after 1 June for Term 1 (February intake). 

You may find more on our international website and you are encouraged to reach out to us to get personalised advice.

As an international student, you can access plenty of scholarship opportunities at UNSW – some are international-student-exclusive!

UNSW has a wide range of international scholarships that are designed to support international students just like you. Some of the scholarships don’t even require a separate application! That means, upon acceptance of your UNSW offer, you will be automatically considered for a scholarship. Check out the great opportunities and selection criteria on our UNSW Scholarship website today.

An AUD $125 non-refundable application processing fee will incur for each online application you submit. Payment can be made by credit card only, using our secure online payment service. You may ask someone else to pay the fee for you with that person's permission.

Applications for admission to an honours year program, diploma programs, postgraduate research programs, programs offered at UNSW Canberra, and postgraduate domestic applicants will not incur an application processing fee.

Tuition fees are calculated by the Units of Credit (UOC) you study and the faculty that offers the courses. An indicative first year fee and indicative fee to complete the degree are provided on our Degree Finder for your reference.
Please bear in mind that some programs may incur extra costs for field study, practical exercise or the use of lab or equipment. Costs for textbooks are not included in the indicative fees on Degree Finder. 

An estimated total cost will be given on your e-Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) once you accept our offer.

Our Indicative Fee Calculator is a good tool for you to work out a future year program cost. For information about living expenses, please visit our website.

We know the pandemic has changed the way we live and study dramatically. Online degrees offer you another option to gain world-class education while you can’t travel overseas. 

We work to make sure the online experience is as great as possible without compromising the quality of education. That means a considerable amount of time and resources are spent to move our content online and to deliver the exceptional learning experience even when you are an ocean away.

Ready to take the next step?

Explore what you love via Degree Finder – your ultimate tool to find the UNSW program that is right for you.

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