UNSW Sydney – University of New South Wales : Overview, Finances, Eligibility, Department Faculty and Campus Facilities

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UNSW Sydney (University of New South Wales) is a world-leading teaching and research powerhouse recognised by employers and organisations around the globe. Ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide, UNSW is dedicated to shaping forward-thinking graduates who make a positive impact in the world.

UNSW ensures students receive a truly hands-on and career-focused education to uncover their full potential. Students discover and grow their strengths through life-changing experiences and inspirational mentoring from world-renowned academics.

UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney – University of New South Wales


About this university

UNSW graduates are among the most employable in the world. Through UNSW’s strong connections with industry worldwide, students gain key skills and experience and learn from internationally renowned academics and expert practioners. UNSW graduates have the highest rate of graduate full-time employment and highest salaries of Sydney-based and Go8 universities. UNSW has the highest number of students in Australia’s top 100 future leaders and four of its graduates are in Australia’s top five young rich list.

UNSW is part of the Group of Eight Australian Universities (Go8) and is ranked number one in Australia for research quality and impact. UNSW is a world leader in research and has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary research in key fields, such as inequality and climate change. UNSW is at the forefront of key developments such as solar power, quantum computing, and the university’s globally-renown academics have been at the frontline in Australia’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNSW has multiple campuses in Sydney, which has been voted one of the most liveable and safest cities in the world.

CRICOS: 00098G

University ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities Times Higher Education World University Rankings
2022 2021 2020 2023 2022 2021
64 65 74 71 70 67
+1 +9 -1 -3

Graduate outcomes

UNSW Sydney produces the most employable graduates in the world. Through its strong connections with industry worldwide, students gain skills, experience and learn from internationally renowned academics and expert practitioners. UNSW Sydney is ranked 27th in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Additionally, UNSW Sydney graduates have the highest rate of graduate full-time employment and highest salaries of Sydney-based and Go8 universities. The university has the highest number of students in Australia’s top 100 future leaders and is home to four graduates in Australia’s top five young rich list.

UNSW Sydney graduates work with highly reputed employers and global organisations, such as NASA, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Google, Unilever, HSBC, Slater & Gordon, UNESCO, Rio Tinto, and Oxfam.

Work integrated learning

UNSW Sydney embeds work integrated learning in its programs, which enables students to work directly with industry to gain real-world experience and prepare for the world of work. These experiences are offered with partner organisations from Australia and around the world.

Post-study working in Australia

On graduation, international students are eligible to apply for the Post Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate Visa. The visa allows graduates to live and work in Australia. Students who begin their studies from their home country are also eligible to apply if they have been granted a student visa in the past 12 months.

“Coming out of uni there was so many transferrable skills like being a good communicator, a team member, presenting well, these kinds of skills that you’ve built up over the years studying here [UNSW] are so easily transferrable into the workforce.” ­– Catherine Hu, UNSW Business School Alumna and Customer Solutions Manager for TikTok

What’s new

Top100 Future Leaders Competition

Top100 Future Leaders Competition 2021, which identifies the best talent produced in Australian universities, has recognised UNSW Sydney for two years consistently. 37 students from the university stood out as most employable. This is the highest number from any educational provider since 2014, the awards’ inception.

Co-op scholarship

Jessica Lawson, a Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) student from the university won the IT Top100 Future Leader Award. As a part of the UNSW Sydney Business School’s Co-op Scholarship program, she can have internships of three to six months. She has completed an internship with a global pharmaceutical company and is in one with Westpac Bank currently.

“The Co-op scholarship program has provided me with wonderful opportunities. I feel really fortunate to have been given the chance to have internships and look forward to learning as much as I can in the remaining two years of my degrees,” Ms Lawson said.


How much will it cost?

Average tuition fees per year Living costs
A$44,750 A$41,450 A$37,555 A$29,120
Undergraduate  Postgraduate  Living costs To live on campus

Scholarships & funding

UNSW rewards ambitious, high-achieving international students with a range of scholarships. These are offered based on various factors such as academia, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and more. Through these scholarships, students gain not just financial aid, but also recognition from future employers.

International Scientia Coursework Scholarship

UNSW Sydney awards this scholarship to students who are passionate about becoming leaders, enjoy excellent academic merit, excel in extracurricular activities, and share how the university is the right choice for their study.

Recipients of the award receive:

  • a full scholarship covering their tuition fees, or
  • AUD20,000 per year for the minimum duration of their program

Australia’s Global University Award

Students who are passionate about accomplishing their goals through study at the university, with strong academic merit will receive this award.

Recipients will be given:

  • AUD10,000 for one year

UNSW Global Academic Award

This is awarded to students who complete the UNSW Global Foundation Studies and also have strong academic merit.

Recipients of the award will receive:

  • AUD10,000 for one year, or
  • AUD5,000 for one year


Entry requirements

Undergraduate study

For undergraduate study, there is more than one way to meet the academic entry requirements. These include high school studies, foundation studies, recognised prior study and a university transfer.

Postgraduate study

For postgraduate study, students generally are required to have completed undergraduate studies at a higher education institution. Find more information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements here or on the degree pages of the degree finder.

English language requirements

If a student’s qualifications were not undertaken and assessed in English, the student must provide evidence of English language ability which meets the minimum requirements for admission. The degree pages of UNSW Sydney’s degree finder will include details for the program’s English language requirements.

Other qualifications

In addition to university English preparation courses and English tests, the university also accepts several academic qualifications for its English language requirements. All qualifications should have been taken by students no more than two years from their year of commencement of study, (excluding students from Sweden, Denmark, or Norway, who can produce results four years prior to commencement year of study at UNSW Sydney).

Department and Faculty

Teaching quality

UNSW Sydney offers students a learning experience packed with academic programs, student activities and educational services. Its academics are recognised as world-leaders in their fields. Students in the university also benefit from its modern facilities and rigorous career-focused education.

There are hundreds of award-winning degree and double degree combinations available at UNSW. Six of UNSW’s subjects are in the world’s top 20, including accounting & finance, environmental sciences, and several engineering specialisations. UNSW also offers the world’s first bachelor’s degree in quantum engineering as well as Australia’s most in-demand medicine degrees. That’s why UNSW is where the hardest-working and highest-achieving students from around the world study and succeed.

UNSW Sydney also has an innovative 3+ academic calendar that gives students greater control over the structure of their studies, and makes time for extracurricular and development activities. Fewer classes in each term and an optional summer term allow greater access to internships, clubs and societies, or professional skill building.

World-class teachers

Teaching excellence is central to the UNSW Sydney experience, and the teachers at the university are both rigorous and passionate. UNSW Sydney’s programs harness the latest technology to transform learning experiences. Its digital learning and teaching environments integrate virtual spaces and access to the online global community.

Work integrated learning

Through work integrated learning in its programs, the university helps students gain real-world experience. These opportunities are offered with its national and international partner organisations.

Internationally acclaimed research

UNSW Sydney has a 7,000-strong research community and has invested in meeting tomorrow’s challenges. The university addresses important issues from renewable energies, climate change, life-saving medical treatments to quantum and biotechnology.

Campus and Facilities

Student safety

UNSW Sydney’s security services offers its students a comprehensive 24-hour security on campus and security monitoring services.

These services provide:

  • Student protection
  • Property protection
  • Detection and prevention of crime
  • A 24-hour control room monitoring CCTV, building access, and alarm systems

UNSW Sydney security officers are fully licensed with a number of special powers under the Acts of Parliament. If needed, they will liaise with law enforcement agencies.

Security patrols

UNSW Sydney also has a 24-hour patrol and an emergency response service. Some of their services include:

  • Security vehicle patrols
  • Foot patrols
  • Safety escorts
  • Security shuttle bus

The app

UNSW Sydney students can make use of the StaySafe@UNSW app that is free of cost, which helps them track the night bus and access contacts, safety tips, a newsfeed, and more.

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