UNSW Summer School

Commencing in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, these 75-hour courses combine a full academic workload for credit with field trips to exciting and important course-related sites throughout Australia. Students also spend time in Sydney at UNSW’s Kensington campus.

Depending on the course selected, field trip locations include World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, visits to Melbourne, Canberra, the Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney, Cairns and the Daintree Rainforest.


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when travelling, including shared, budget-style accommodation, two-nights camping, single dorm rooms, and shared hotel rooms.


Course size is restricted to 32 students allowing greater student participation and a more hands-on approach to learning.

Course fee

The course fee, which will be given upon application, includes tuition, accommodation, excursion costs, airport shuttle services, orientation programs, USB modem hire, a UNSW student card allowing access to all UNSW facilities, all meals when camping in Kakadu National Park, breakfast in Cairns, and breakfast and lunch in Sydney. The program fee does not include any additional meals or airfares.

All students who complete a June-July Summer School course are issued with a formal UNSW transcript.

Travel arrangements

A package of international and domestic Australian flights (via Qantas) for each specific course itinerary is administered through STA Travel in the USA.

At an additional cost, students can opt to spend time at the completion of Summer School in a host of destinations such as New Zealand or Fiji on their return to the USA for an additional fee.

Who can apply?

To apply for June-July Summer School, you need to be enrolled at a recognised tertiary institution, and have attained a GPA of 2.8 or equivalent. Students with a slightly lower GPA may still be considered on submission of a supporting statement. 

How to apply

Please confirm with your Study Abroad advisor at your home university regarding their preferred application process.

If your home university is a partner of UNSW you may be required to apply through your home university's Study Abroad or International Office.

If your home university is not a partner institution, you can email: summerabroad@unsw.edu.au

What happens next?

Once you enquire you will receive an electronic pre-departure package with detailed information about the course syllabus, travel arrangements, what to bring, making tuition payments and other useful information. You will also receive an official application form.

If you have any questions please contact summerabroad@unsw.edu.au