Welcoming international students back to Sydney

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Last updated: 20 July

All international students with eligible visas can now travel to Sydney without having to apply for an exemption. UNSW is incredibly excited, and we cannot wait to welcome you to our beautiful campuses and sunny Sydney!

We believe in the important role of on-campus teaching and learning, and the many advantages of our community coming together. We plan to offer as many face-to-face classes as possible in Term 3 2022, while also offering online classes for our students who cannot yet join us on campus.

Before your trip, register for our ‘return to Australia information sessions’ for helpful information on pre-departure, Sydney entry requirements, accommodation, airport transport. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Advice for future students

Stay up to date with information from UNSW
We will communicate the latest information on this webpage and via email. 
We also recommend you regularly visit the Study NSW website.

Don’t delay your studies
Apply to UNSW with your agent, or directly onlineEven if you can’t travel before the start of Term 3 2022, start studying from home and get prepared. We will continue to deliver our world-class education online until you can travel to Sydney.

Apply for your student visa as soon as possible
Once you have enrolled at UNSW and received your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), start your student visa application immediately. We recommend you apply early even if you begin your studies online because visa processing times vary.

Get excited!
We are! We cannot wait to welcome you to our vibrant campuses. Our beautiful city of Sydney is welcoming and safe, with our state close to 95% fully vaccinated. Be assured that your safety and wellbeing is our number 1 priority, and we’re excited to see you in 2022!

Frequently asked questions

It is important to submit your application to UNSW, accept your offer and enrol as soon as possible. Once you have enrolled, you will receive your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for your student visa application. Application processing times for Australian student visas vary from country to country and you will need a valid visa before you can travel to Sydney.  

For more information on pre-departure and arrival, please visit the Study NSW website

UNSW is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in NSW and the ACT and following the latest public health advice. Recent reports suggest that we're reaching the peak in infection numbers and expect to see a reduction in cases over the coming weeks. With very strong rates of vaccination rates in Sydney, we're looking forward to safely returning as much face-to-face teaching as possible in 2022.

Large lectures and assessments will continue to be delivered online, but we aim to provide options for face-to-face tutorials, labs and fieldwork outings.

For anyone who can’t be on campus at the beginning of Term 3, we will make provisions for online learning to be available. We are committed to making your virtual learning experience as enriching, interactive and connected as possible, ensuring you'll can transition smoothly to face to face learning as soon as you join us in Sydney.

You can register for ‘return to Australian information session' for helpful information as you plan your travel to Sydney. More information available here.

Unvaccinated international travellers can enter Australia now.

From 6 July 2022, travellers to Australia will no longer need to: 

  • fill out a Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration  
  • provide evidence of their vaccination status 
  • have an exemption if they are unvaccinated. 

International travellers visiting NSW: 

  • are not required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival  
  • are not required to wear a face mask in airports but must wear a mask while on aircraft flying above NSW and in some other settings.

For updated information about Australia’s travel requirements, please visit theDepartment of Home Affairs website.

Yes, you can start your studies online. In most cases, you will find your compulsory core courses online, and you will have a choice of elective courses.

Some courses require specialist equipment or meeting standards for external accreditation and must be studied in person. If your program includes these courses, your graduation may be delayed.

To find programs and courses that require attendance in person, view the 2022 timetable. For more information, contact the Nucleus: Student Hub.

Yes. We encourage you to apply for your student visa as soon as possible to ensure you are ready when it’s time to travel. Plus, with a valid visa, your time spent studying with us from home will count toward your eligibility for the post-study working visa (485 Temporary Graduate visa).

You don’t have to submit a separate application for studying outside of Australia unless you plan to reduce your study load. If you cannot enrol in 48 units of credit (UOC) for the year, you will need to apply for a reduced study load. For example, if you’re only going to complete 6UOC in Term 1, you would apply for a reduced study load.

From 6 July 2022, unvaccinated international arrivals will not be required to undertake hotel quarantine and will follow the same guidelines as fully vaccinated international arrivals.

For more pre-departure and arrival information, visit the Study NSW website.

You can book flights if you:

  • are fully enrolled with UNSW, and 
  • have received an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has also recently announced changes to Australia’s post study work visa, the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485). 

This means:

  • Your time spent studying from your home country due to border restrictions will count toward eligibility for the Temporary Graduate Visa 
  • The Temporary Graduate Visa length of stay has increased from two to three years for graduates of master’s programs
  • Visas will be extended for graduates who were outside of Australia at any time between 1st February 2020 and 14th December 2021 while they held a valid Temporary Graduate visa