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Co-sponsored by UW-Madison, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) program administered by the Education Abroad Network (TEAN) offers you an impressive array of courses to choose from and a comfortable campus in which to do so. UNSW is home to Australia's oldest study abroad program, and students have guaranteed living arrangements in Sydney premier housing as well as the option to reside in beachside housing. You also have access to exciting pre-semester and spring break excursions, including past destinations such as Australia's East Coast, New Zealand's South Island, and exotic Thailand. You begin the experience with an exciting 5-day orientation in Sydney and enjoy a one-of-a-kind semester at UNSW!
Founded in 1949, UNSW’s main campus is located 4 miles from Sydney's Central Business District and within walking distance of Coogee Beach. UNSW has been ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. As a top research institution, UNSW is able to offer extensive science, technology, and engineering-based courses. The university also specializes in studies relating to the Asia-Pacific region.
UNSW's main campus lies within a few miles of popular oceanside communities like Coogee Beach. You can enjoy its easy access to a multitude of nearby seaside suburbs and proximity to acres of parklands. While situated close to the stunning coastline, UNSW is less than 5 miles from Sydney's Central Business District and less than 30 minutes from iconic Sydney Harbor. This modern, urban campus offers you the perfect combination of outdoor environment and easy access to the unique city aura for which Sydney is so well-known.
The state of New South Wales, located in southeastern Australia, contains spectacular natural wonders, such as the Blue Mountains and Minnamurra Rainforest, a long coastline of superb beaches and beautiful natural parks. All of these and more are only a 1 to 2 hour drive from Sydney, the most populous, cosmopolitan city on the continent. New South Wales is truly the eastern gateway to Australia, combining the best of Sydney's vibrant city life with a wide range of natural attractions, all in a warm, sunny climate for maximum enjoyment.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Sydney, but are given arrival dates and guidelines.
A student visa is required. You must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa, but TEAN will provide you with visa application guidelines.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Upon arrival in Australia, you will receive airport pick-up and reception. Arrival is followed by a comprehensive five-day Study Australia Orientation Program including many cultural activities.
HousingUNSW students have guaranteed off-campus living arrangements in Sydney premier housing as well as the option to reside in TEAN beachside housing, literally steps away from Coogee Beach.
Excursions and Activities
UNSW offers a vast array of student services with hundreds of sport and recreational clubs, social, political and religious clubs and societies, and a vibrant cafe scene. The UNSW "ARC" is the community center of campus. The ARC provides a multitude of services, products and entertainment for students. Whether plays, films, band competitions or getting together for coffee, sushi or kebabs, the ARC offers UNSW students a little taste of everything!
The program's local staff arranges various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. If you have a specific interest or hobby, the Resident Director will also be able to point them in the right direction. Examples of previous activities arranged for students are barbeques 'barbies', horse racing carnivals, and lawn bowls. Other activities easily accessible in Sydney include surfing one of the many beaches, sailing in Sydney Harbor, taking cooking lessons at the Seafood School at the Sydney Fish Markets, listening to live music, or attending a sporting event.
Students participating in the UNSW study abroad program have access to exciting pre-semester and spring break excursions, including past destinations such as Australia's East Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand's South Island, and exotic Thailand. Other program events include weekend trips, frequent coffee breaks with the local Resident Director, cultural activities hosted by Resident Director, and a farewell dinner at conclusion of program.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The Australian government also requires all students have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).
TEAN Resident Directors
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
Read Holly's Blog!
Holly studied on this program during the Spring 2012 semester. You can read about her experiences and see her pictures here.
Read about current & past students' adventures.
The University offers courses in Architecture; Biological Sciences; Business, Management and Marketing; Communications, Media and Journalism; Computer and Information Sciences; Design; Education; Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Foreign Languages and Linguistics; Humanities and Social Sciences; International Relations/Studies; Mathematics and Statistics; Performing Arts; Psychology; Sciences and Visual Arts. UNSW also offers a seven-day pre-semester program on Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef.
You may choose to participate in an internship program for credit which helps expose international students to real life professional experiences in Marketing, Political Science, Social Science and Policy, Media Studies, Banking and Finance, Criminal Justice and Biological/Environmental Sciences. Internships are not just "work experience." Some prior academic background knowledge is required to be eligible for an internship placement. The internship is considered to be equal to one course at UNSW, and requires students to spend time in their placement as well as additional academic requirements outside of internship contact hours. You will be required to enroll in an additional minimum of three courses chosen from the regular UNSW course listings in order to obtain full time student status. For more information about the internship, click here.
Program Web Page(s)
The Education Abroad Network - University of New South Wales
UNSW Academic Info
UNSW Course Catalog
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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