The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, as well as a member of the prestigious international network Universitas 21.
UNSW’s School of Art, Design, and Media (COFA) has been rated Australia’s Top Art & Design School. For more information, see the Special Opportunities tab.
The UNSW Business School is a leader in research, and the School has been consistently ranked first among the major Australian Universities for its quality of teaching. Research standards are high, and members of the School play an important part in policy issues and debate within Australia.
Use the following resources to learn about EAP courses:
- See the academic offerings at all Australian universities to determine if University of New South Wales is the right partner institution for you.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings: University of New South Wales, Sydney
- Note: Because Australia is located in
the southern hemisphere, the Australian academic year begins in February
with Semester 1, followed in late July by Semester 2. When searching
for courses at your host institution, keep in mind that you enroll in
Semester 1 courses if you are a UCEAP Spring participant, and Semester 2 courses if you are a UCEAP Fall participant. Sequential
course series are set up accordingly.
- MyEAP Course Catalog to search for courses previously taken by UC students.
Additional courses may be available at host institutions or program locations and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; usually four or five courses.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study and internships for academic credit may be possible in this program.
- No time for independent study during your time in Australia? You also have the opportunity to become a Student Ambassador with Australian Education International once you return from EAP.
The University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) was established in 1949 and enrolls approximately 39,000 students. UNSW is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, 20 minutes from the central business district and Sydney Harbor. The university offers extensive science, technology, environment, and engineering courses. It is also known for its multidisciplinary programs, which include Asian and Australian studies, gender studies, marine sciences, and media and popular culture. (CRICOS 00098G) Visit The University of New South Wales website
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Media (MDIA3007)
- Business Internship (FINS3201) (additional fee of ~US $2,200 but UNSW allocates placement)
Setting Up Your Internship
- The MDIA3007 internship course is run through the School of Arts and Media (SAM) and placements are student-initiated so students need to seek out an internship opportunity themselves and submit this for approval to the school. UCEAP staff is available to advice.
- Business internship students are placed in a workplace for two full days each week, and also have academic contact hours with their supervisor.
- Placement, assessment, and application information for both internships
- The courses are worth 6 units of UNSW academic credit (6 UC quarter units/4 semester units) and are taken along with 3 other courses to make up a full-time study load for the semester. Students are expected to attend the internship placement 2 full days per week for the duration of the semester.
- In addition to the placement, the courses include an academic component which students must complete.
- Students are required to have at least 1 other approved course option to enroll in initially until their placement is confirmed.
- GPA of at least 3.00 required. Student must have completed at least 4 semesters of a relevant degree.
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities. For example, UNSW offers a fee-based internship (AU$2757 in 2013). Notice that UCEAP is not affiliated with this program.
You are responsible for selecting, securing, and paying for your semester housing, even if you are on financial aid. You have three general housing options: 1) residential colleges, 2) university-affiliated apartments, and 3) off-campus housing (flats or shared houses).
Residence Halls: Students have usually liked the experience, although many say they have not cared much for the dorm food. Since many of the other hall residents are first-year students, UC students have reported that they did not enjoy having the living environment dominated by very young students always looking for parties.
University-Owned Apartments: These can be full of exchange students. It can be easy or hard to meet people, depending on the mix of roommates.
Study Abroad Office Rentals rent apartments in nearby Coogee of varied quality. Students end up with living with other study abroad students.
Off-Campus Housing: Arrive with time to look for places because Sydney has a tight housing market. The International Center is very helpful.
Australia’s oldest and largest city, Sydney is reminiscent of San Francisco, with ocean coastline, a dramatic bay, and hilly streets. The city has a high density of shops, offices, many parks, and narrow, crowded streets. Some of the finest surf and beaches in Australia are in or near Sydney, as is Sydney Harbour, with its famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Water sports are particularly popular, as are rugby and soccer in winter, and cricket in summer. To the west are the Blue Mountains which offer excellent hiking and camping opportunities.
From its location in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, the University of New South Wales is a short distance from several parks and zoos, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Aquarium, as well as museums, performing arts halls, cinemas, and annual festivals for music. Students may also find time to participate in one of Australia’s favorite pastimes or go to a sporting event at the Sydney Football Stadium, the AZN Stadium or the Royal Randwick Race Club. UNSW’s close proximity to Coogee Beach provides the opportunity to enjoy the surf and sun while golfing, bushwalking, and even scuba diving. Markets can be found near the campus, providing the opportunity to taste local dishes and shop for handcrafted goods. In addition to all the city has to offer, UNSW has over 150 clubs suited to almost any interest, whether academic, political, religious or cultural. A variety of student publications, from cookbooks to newspapers, allow students to find their inner author and share thoughts and ideas with one another.
UNSW’s School of Art, Design, and Media (COFA)
The majority of COFA courses are open to you if you meet the course pre-requisites. Enrollment in specific courses is subject to space availability.
COFA is located on a different campus; it is about a 10-15 minute drive from the main campus. There is a free shuttle bus that operates between the main campus and the COFA campus during the semester. So COFA exchange students can still live on the main campus, but some students choose to live off campus in shared accommodation closer to COFA.
If you have a different major (for example, Business), you are still allowed to take courses at COFA if there are places available, and if you meet the course pre-requisites. Some introductory COFA courses do not have any pre-requisites.
If you are planning to take COFA and non-COFA courses, you will need to make sure that you do not have any back-to-back classes at different campuses and there should be at least one hour break.