Applying for coursework degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate)
Please follow the steps below to apply.
1. Decide what you want to study and when you wish to start.
Check the faculty websites, the UNSW Online Handbook or a UNSW representative office in your country.
2. Confirm that you meet the entry requirements.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for our Undergraduate degrees, consider enrolling in one of our Foundation Studies programs. This will help you acquire the skills and knowledge required to undertake an undergraduate program.
3. Lodge an application.
You can apply online (the reduced fee for lodging an application online is AUD50.00, payable by credit card) or alternatively submit a paperbased application. (The fee for lodging a paperbased form is AUD250.00.) Your application fee is not refundable.
4. Provide the required documentation.
Provide originals or certified copies of the documents. If your documents are not in English, please provide a certified translation together with a certified copy of the original document.
5. Submit your application either online or by post.
Visit apply.unsw.edu.au to apply online. You will need to send us the following documents:
• Certified copies of academic transcripts and testamurs, if your documentation is in a language other than English a translation must be provided
• Certified copies of IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent) test scores
• Details of work experience, if applicable
Some programs may require additional documents (such as portfolios or statement of purpose) please check the program entry in this guide for more information.
6. Wait for your acknowledgement of application.
Your acknowledgement of application tells you your ID number. This number allows you to check the progress of your application online. Processing times vary depending on the program selected and the assessment and selection process required. If we require additional documents, you will be notified by the Admissions Office.
7. Wait for the result of your application.
If your application is successful, we will send you a letter of offer. This explains:
• how to accept the offer
• an estimate of what the tuition fees and other study-related costs will be. (These costs apply to you personally. They may differ from the general tuition fees given on the UNSW website or in the prospectus.)
• if you have been granted any credit transfer because of any previous studies you have undertaken.
If you meet the academic requirements for your course but not the English proficiency requirements, we may send you a conditional offer. This means you will be accepted for the course when you meet the English proficiency requirements.
8. Accept the offer.
To accept the offer, follow the instructions in the letter of offer. You should accept the offer within four weeks of receipt. You need to pay a deposit of AUD4000.00 for your tuition fees, plus the premium for your health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover). When you either accept your offer online or sign and return the Acceptance of Offer reply form it means you have read, understood and agreed with the terms and conditions of the offer, including payment of tuition fees and other study-related costs.
9. Wait for the electronic confirmation of enrolment.
When we have processed your acceptance, we will send you an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCOE). You will need your eCOE when you apply for a student visa.
10. Wait for your information pack.
We will send you an information pack about two months before the start of the semester. It provides details of how to enrol, life at UNSW, and temporary accommodation for when you first arrive in Sydney. Please contact your faculty office if you have any questions about your programme, your timetable, or credit transfer for previous study.
11. Attend the enrolment and orientation program.
The enrolment and orientation program is held about two weeks before the semester starts. It is important that you participate in this as it helps you adjust to life in Australia and at UNSW. Orientation Week ensures you are aware of all of the campus resources and support services you can access whilst a student, and helps makes sure you can commence your university life successfully and maximise your social and academic experience.