Exchange to UNSW

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If your home university is a partner with UNSW, come on exchange for 1 or 2 semesters of coursework study. Tuition fees for UNSW courses are waived and you can transfer study credit to your degree back home.

Full time load required

Students are required to be enrolled in a full time study load. That means 24 units of credit per semester or 48 units for one year. Most courses are weighted at 6 units of credit, so a typical enrolment will be four courses (4 x 6 = 24).

Check out our Study Abroad and Exchange Guide and the UNSW Exchange Fact Sheet for more information. And ensure your desired courses are an offer in the relevant semester using our online timetable.

How to apply

In order to apply, you first need to be nominated by the Exchange Office at your home university. Once nominated, an email is sent to you with information on how to complete your application. The application process looks like this:

    1. Nomination by your home university
    2. Start your application
    3. Check the UNSW courses you wish to study are available
    4. Submit your application online (providing supporting documentation including your most recent academic transcript in pdf format, ID page of your passport, and proof of English language proficiency, if relevant). You will receive an email confirmation
    5. Accept your offer online
    6. Purchase health cover and apply for a visa. Details will be provided. Book flights to arrive 1-2 weeks before orientation

    More opportunities

    Internships

    Students enrolled in the Exchange program can apply for an internship in the media or in a business workplace for two full days per week. You will be assessed on workplace performance, a journal, a final research project and an exit report.

    The internship will be shown on your official UNSW transcript on completion of your studies. It will be weighted at 6 units of credit (i.e. equivalent to one course). Students are expected to enrol in another 18 units of credit to make up the full time study load. You can apply for an internship once you have received an offer to be an exchange student. 

    To apply, download and complete the application form and email it to Study Abroad with:

    • A certified copy of your academic transcript
    • Your current resume including information about relevant work or volunteer experience
    • Three references: two academic and one professional
    • 500-word statement outlining:
      • The specific area that you would like to be placed in
      • The skills you are seeking to develop from the internship
      • What you expect to learn and how this experience will benefit you

    Internship applications are typically due immediately after application deadlines. Contact us to check whether it is still possible to apply (see below for contact details).

    Please note that your enrolment in an internship cannot be guaranteed before arrival as you need to meet your supervisor in person before your placement can be confirmed. Fees are involved for the business internship.

     

    Volunteering

    Volunteering is a great way to learn more about an area of interest and boost that resume. As an exchange student, volunteering placements are available in various fields including:

    • Teacher’s assistant in local primary schools
    • Veterinary assistants (pre-vet/animal science/biology/zoology majors)
    • Play therapy at the Sydney Children’s Hospital
    • Conservation projects in and around Sydney
    • Community care working with the elderly and disabled
    • Administrative and marketing roles within not-for-profit organisations and for events

    Placements are subject to availability. Contact us for information about these opportunities.

    For further information, go to our UNSW site for volunteering.

    ARC, the student association at UNSW, also communicates regularly to students about volunteering opportunities.