study abroad in Australia with IFSA

University of New South Wales Partnership

Program Overview

Ideal for students who want to combine outstanding academics with opportunities for sports and socializing, this modern university offers fantastic facilities, on-campus housing, and an amazing location—a stone’s throw from Coogee Beach and 20 minutes from downtown Sydney.

Bonus: U.S. semester calendar makes scheduling easy.

 

 

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Details in a Glance

Application deadline

Minimum GPA

2.80

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of New South Wales program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the UNSW online course catalog to browse the classes available. See a list of available intensive course offerings for 2022 here.

IFSA students must take the equivalent of 16 U.S. semester credit hours at UNSW, which is usually four courses; however, the number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. UNSW's new academic calendar, which is aligned with a U.S. semester schedule, means that you will take one course intensively at the beginning of your semester abroad, and then take three courses for the rest of the semester.

3 UNSW points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours

6 UNSW points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

12 UNSW points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees

Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

  • All courses with codes beginning with the letter "Z" are taught on UNSW's Canberra campus and are therefore unavailable to study abroad students.
  • Be sure that you choose only those courses offered on the UNSW Sydney, Kensington or UNSW Art & Design campuses.
  • Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.

FACULTY OF LAW
Courses in the Faculty of Law are not open to study abroad students, with the exception of: LAWS3350, Sport, Law and Society in Australia; LAWS3351, Sport and the Law in the Western World; and those with course codes starting with GENL.

SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
School of Medical Sciences classes with course codes starting with MFAC are not open to study abroad students, but similar courses are available under the GENM code, and those are open to study abroad students.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Science classes at UNSW have very limited enrollment availability. It is recommended to have a second choice option for each class with limited enrollment availability, as placement in Computer Science classes cannot be guaranteed.

CRIMINOLOGY
Criminology (CRIM) classes are restricted to Criminology majors.

MEDIA
Media (MDIA) classes are not available to study abroad students.

ART & DESIGN CAMPUS
Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available to study abroad students in classes on the UNSW Art & Design campus. If you are interested in courses on this campus, be sure to complete your application materials early.

INTERNSHIPS

The University of New South Wales offers internships in a wide variety of professional sectors. Note: Internships are not available at the University of New South Wales for the Fall 2023 terms.

Business Internship

A staff member in the agency or organization where you are placed will supervise your performance in the internship and act as your field supervisor. Placements are offered after an interview process either prior to the start of the semester or after you arrive in Sydney. UNSW cannot guarantee internship placements before the interview process is complete.

Internship applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed at least four semesters of a relevant degree. An internship replaces one regular class at UNSW and is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours. An academic supervisor will monitor your progress in your placement and guide you on your academic project. Interns work between 100-150 hours for the length of the internship, depending on their placement.

Media Studies Internship

Students interested in a Media Studies Internship are required to find their own internship placement. Contact your IFSA Admissions Counselor for more information.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNER PROJECT

Exclusively offered as part of the spring semester’s Early Start/Early Departure program, this real-world experience allows you to work collaboratively alongside local and international industry and community partners to solve critical problems presented by organizations. Specifically designed to engage local and international students from different majors, internship opportunities are available for all majors and disciplines. Regular site visits with your industry partner occur intensively during January and continue into the full term as you complete required academic components. An internship replaces one regular class at UNSW and is worth 6 U.S. semester credit hours.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

University of New South Wales students have the option of engaging in research for academic credit during their semester abroad. You will need to find a researcher to be your advisor and include you in their lab. Once you find a researcher, IFSA and UNSW will help you make the connection and make sure you’re enrolled in the research class. A research project replaces one regular class at UNSW and is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.

Please be aware that the research class (REGZ9212) is recorded as a pass/fail grade rather than a A-F letter grade. You will need to contact your study abroad advisor to be sure that your home institution will accept pass/fail credit from your study abroad experience.

Research applicants should use UNSW’s Find a researcher tool to identify someone with whom they would like to work.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

One (1) letter of recommendation is required if selecting the University of New South Wales internship option.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t our control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

  • Indigenous Australians Cultural Education: Learn about the religious, social, and cultural practices of Australia’s First Nations People from award-winning indigenous Australian educators. Includes opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • The Rocks Walking Tour: Explore Sydney’s iconic district, The Rocks, site of the convict settlement in 1788. Learn about its role in national political and social change, the notorious Rocks Gang, the Rum Rebellion, and more.
  • Yogalates: Take time for your body and mind with energizing sessions that combine yoga and Pilates, led by qualified IFSA staff and held outdoors or in student housing.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Sydney Opera House Show: Did you know that if all the sails of the Opera House were combined, they would create a perfect sphere? Visit the structure that transformed Australia’s cultural image—named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007—for a live show.
  • Taronga Zoo: Travel by ferry to meet and learn about more than 350 species, including kangaroos, koalas, and more of Australia’s distinctive wildlife. Don’t miss the free flight bird show, where native birds performing incredible stunts with Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as their backdrop.
Excursions
  • Hunter Valley Tour: This full-day tour takes you a couple of hours north of Sydney, where natural beauty and farmland are home to 300 wineries. Exchange the busy urban environment for rolling green hills and discover the biodiversity of New South Wales. Includes lunch.
  • Bike Tour of Sydney: The perfect way to get oriented and see some Sydney’s most famous sites. Includes riding across iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Historical and Indigenous Tour of La Perouse: Following a welcome Smoking and Ochre Ceremony, discover bush tucker and medicine, and learn about the local community of La Perouse—the longest on-going Aboriginal community in Sydney.
  • Blue Mountains Visit: An important historical site, the Blue Mountains are a rugged and mountainous region west of Sydney. Soak up dramatic scenery and discover an immense range of flora and fauna, including the famous lyrebird, known to mimic the sound of car alarms, chainsaws, camera shutters, and more.
  • Coogee-Bondi Walking Tour: Take in stunning ocean views as you walk the paved path from Coogee to Bondi, tracing shoreline cliffs and beaches. During late October and early November, you might also catch Sculpture by the Sea, Australia’s largest annual outdoor sculpture installation.
  • South Coast of NSW Excursion: Widely known for some of the whitest sand beaches in the world, enjoy an overnight excursion to the Jervis Bay Marine Park. Highlights can include dolphin and whale watching tours and campfire chats with Aboriginal elders.
  • Taste of Migration Food Tour: This adventure will explore the culinary delights brought to Australia from Greece, Vietnam, and Lebanon, and includes a visit to an Asian supermarket, a Greek deli, and a smokehouse. Learn about the rich multicultural history of Sydney and travel to areas that would not necessarily be intuitive to tourists.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Both on-campus and off-campus housing options are available for this program. On-campus housing offers apartment-style living where students have their own room and share communal living areas including a kitchen and bathroom. This housing option offers social programming including cooking classes, DIY workshops, trivia nights, and cultural food nights. Off-campus housing, located in downtown Sydney, includes the perks of a gym, yoga studio, and large, shared kitchen area. This apartment-style living option offers either double or single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Students should anticipate a 40-minute commute via public transportation from downtown to the University of New South Wales campus. Supplemental housing fees may apply

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Fall 2023

Early August 2023

Mid-December 2023

$23,795

April 1

Spring 2024

Early January 2024

Mid-May 2024

$23,795 (estimated)

October 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Early August 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$23,795

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early January 2024

Term ends

Mid-May 2024

Program costs

$23,795 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 1

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