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This university is located in Sydney, Australia. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
Also, click here for the Australian government web site on studying in Australia.
UNSW has over 40,000 students including 9,000 international students from over 90 different countries. Founded in 1949, this fairly young university is noted for its long-standing commitment to enrolling international students and many joint programs with overseas institutions. UNSW is one of Australia's leading research universities and is home to a number of internationally recognized research developments in the fields of Quantum Computing, Photovoltaics, HIV/Aids Research, Interactive Cinema and Polymer Chemistry. UNSW has extensive science, technology and engineering based courses and flexible course structures.
The main campus of 85 acres is located within 20 minutes from the center of Sydney and within walking distance of Coogee Beach. UNSW is a modern, urban campus with extensive sporting and recreational activities to complement its great reputation for research and scholarship.
- on-campus dormitories
- off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
While studying at UNSW for a semester or a year, you may elect to stay on-campus in one of the residential colleges. These colleges are independent of the University and are much like the dormitory facilities located on most major university campuses. Each college has its own character so be sure to read the UNSW descriptions and choose the one that best suits your personality. Each college has its own application procedures; interviews are usually required. For information on housing options, visit
UNSW's Study Abroad Office can assist students in finding housing as well. They have over fifty properties including large homes and smaller-style apartments, all of which are located within walking distance to the University and the beach. These properties are furnished, including equipped kitchens. Students are required to bring their own bed linen and towels. See here for more information.
It is suggested that you arrive in Sydney 10-14 days before the mandatory orientation in order to secure housing and settle in.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
UNSW has 18 on-campus eateries plus shops. There aren't meal plans, but the cost is usually reasonable so you shouldn't have a problem finding something to eat when you can't go home to cook.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
For UNSW's course catalog, click here. Click on "Courses A-Z".
For detailed course outlines for engineering disciplines: click here.
Research opportunities may be available at UNSW. Exchange students would conduct research as part of their course load for a variable amount of credit. Please check with program advisor for more details.
In addition to the fall and spring program options, UNSW offers several summer programs, one of which we believe would be most interesting to GT students. See the UNSW Summer Exchange Program website for more information on the summer option: click here
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
2 UNSW credit (Arts & Social Sciences) = 1 GT credit
1 UNSW credit (Science w/lab, Languages) = 1 GT credit
Engineering = # of contact hours per week
1 Industrial Design STUDIO credit = 1 GT credit
2 Industrial Design LECTURE credit = 1 GT credit
UNSW Grade = US Grade
75-100% (DN, HD) = A
65-74% (CR) = B
50-64% (PS) = C
46-49% (PC, PT) = D
45% or under (FL) = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.