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    Australia: Western Sydney University

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    Australia: Western Sydney University

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    Australia: Western Sydney University

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    Australia: Western Sydney University


Located in the multicultural city of Sydney, one of the most livable and picturesque cities in the world. Western Sydney University is a student-centered and research-led institution.

Students can immerse themselves in numerous cultural, course-related and sporting activities while at Western Sydney. There are many opportunities to play or watch sports, recreation and other activities. Students can choose from over 150 student clubs and societies.


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Western Sydney University provides students with an opportunity to experience the Australian way of life while contributing to their degree. Australia is renowned for its physical beauty, its vibrant multicultural society and the outstanding quality of life it offers. 

The university is located in Greater Western Sydney (GWS) region. Sydney has a population of over four million people. It offers a vibrant, multicultural city surrounding and is the oldest city in Australia. The Sydney lifestyle is cosmopolitan and the atmosphere is friendly. The GWS region, the home of Western Sydney University, stretches from Parramatta (just 45 minutes from the City of Sydney) to the Blue Mountains National Park on the western edge of the metropolitan area. Nearly two million people live in GWS – about 40% of Sydney's population. Central Sydney generally offers apartment style living, while the Greater Western Sydney region offers a more suburban lifestyle.



About 44,000 students study at the Western Sydney University. There are over 100 subject areas for students to take classes in and the academics are in line with what is offered at UNI. 

The university offers free airport pick up, orientation tailored towards international students, social events, and a dedicated Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). There are many opportunities to play or watch sports, recreation and other activities. Students can choose from over 150 student clubs and societies. Out & About trips are great to join in on too! These include bush walks each month, overnight camping, visits to the beach, going to ski and snowboard, and so on.

Courses: Students typically take 3 or 4 courses while studying at Western Sydney University. UNI students can take major, minor, and/or LAC courses while studying in Australia. We recommend students also try to take at least one course in a topic on Australia. Information on courses and when they are offered can be found here

Teaching Methods and Styles: Australian higher education is derived from the British model. This means that most undergraduate courses consist of lectures, classes, workshops, and tutorials each week as well as 'unstructured' time which means students should be doing individual reading and research. At the beginning of each session, students are given 'deadlines' (final dates) for the completion of assignments in all subjects. If they fail to meet these deadlines, they penalized even though they have completed the work. Lecture and class times for all coursework subjects will be given to students when they enroll during orientation week. All students are required to be at lectures and tutorials at the specified times.

Academic Calendar: The university operates on a semester system with Semester 1 (our Spring semester) running from February to June and Semester 2 (our Fall semester) running from July to December. When thinking about their semester dates, it is important to remember that with it being on the other side of the hemisphere, their spring semester is our fall and vice versa. To view the academic calendar, please see here

Credits and Grades:  Australian credits are calculated differently than in the US. A 3-credit course at UNI is the same as a 10 credit course at Western Sydney. That being said, most UNI students take four courses to be considered full-time. Grades are also calculated differently. To view the US equivalents to Western Sydney Grades, please click here. 


Housing & Meals

Students have the option of the on-campus or off-campus housing. On-campus options include private studio, apartment, villa, or townhouse living where students have a private bedroom and share a kitchen, lounge, and bathroom with other students. The on-campus option is called Western Sydney University Village and is managed by a provider on or close to the campuses. Information on Western Sydney University Village can be found on their webpage

Students can find out more about all types of housing, including the Village, apartments off campus, and host families here


Program Costs

Australia: Western Sydney University

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:


Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Program Dates: 
Monday, February 25, 2019 to Monday, June 24, 2019
App Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Program Dates: 
Monday, July 22, 2019 to Monday, November 25, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.