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UNSW is a world-leading teaching and research powerhouse recognised by employers and organisations around the globe. Based in Sydney – Australia’s business and technology capital – we shape a generation of innovative, forward-thinking global citizens.

Through hands-on learning and world-class teaching, building a successful future starts here. Discover your purpose and realise your full potential at UNSW Sydney. 

Top three reasons UNSW is the university for you

#1. World-class education 

Ranked 43rd in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, UNSW offers high quality education that focuses on hands-on learning.  

You will learn from leading academics, researchers and industry professionals and constantly develop a skill set from individual projects and group work. 

Pat Younis

“UNSW really encourages students to connect with the industries that they're trying to move into. Not only are the tutors practicing in the fields that they work in, but also the assignments that you do encourage you to go and connect with the outside world.” 

— Pat Younis, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture graduate

UNSW has the best Engineering and Law faculties in Australia. The Accounting and Finance programs we offer are also the best in Australia according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In this ranking, five UNSW subjects are ranked in the top 20 globally and 20 are in the top 50. 

Here's the full list of our global top 20 subjects:

•    Engineering – Mineral & Mining Engineering (3)
•    Engineering – Civil & Structural (13)
•    Law (14)
•    Engineering – Petroleum (17)
•    Accounting & Finance (20)

#2. Most employable students

At UNSW, we prepare you for career success from day one. 

For the third consecutive year, UNSW has been named Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable University at the 2022 Top100 Future Leader Awards. The 2021 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey also shows that UNSW graduates earn more than any other Go8 university graduates. 

Our students’ employability is underpinned by our well-designed programs that combine practical experiences and knowledge. Many of our degrees offer Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, industry training or internships. 

Our powerful industry partnership means our students can take advantage of exclusive work opportunities at some of their dream companies. Our graduates shine as leaders in their areas all around the world, working with companies such as WSP, GE Energy, Rio Tinto, World Bank, Acciona, Netflix, Toyota, and Qantas.

Some popular degrees for international students include:

•    Double up your career opportunity by studying this double degree
•    Mandatory work experience by Work Integrated Learning or practicum
•    Small-sized law classes offered by the world’s 14th Law faculty (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022)

•    #1 in Australia for Finance (2021 Shanghai Rankings)
•    Curriculum developed in consultation with the finance sector
•    Cater to your career goals

#3. Study-life balance

When choosing a university, you are choosing a lifestyle. 

With our innovative 3+ academic calendar, you are able to devote yourself more to things you really love, whether that’s socialising with friends by joining student clubs and societies, gaining internship experience, or exploring the city. You will learn inside and outside the classroom. 

Tom Houlden

“I came up to UNSW for Open Day, where I realised the university had a fantastic student life and also had a stunning location just down from the beach.”
— Tom Houlden, UNSW Business student

Expand your life experience at a global top 50 university.

We offer undergraduate, postgraduate, research degrees and double degree options that cover a wide range of fields of interest. 

We support your ambitions.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards, and they aren’t just based on your grades. UNSW values leadership skills, extracurricular interests and your passion to study with us.