Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of New South Wales


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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.


Why Sydney?

Take advantage of your chance to live and learn in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world—Sydney! Enjoy Sydney’s comfortable climate (warm summers and mild winters), world-renowned beaches (think: Bondi, Manly, and Coogee), and iconic spots around the city (the Rocks, Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanical Gardens). We want you to feel at home in Sydney, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

What You'll Study

Our study abroad programs in Sydney offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the prestigious University of New South Wales with access to a vast array of course offerings across hundreds of disciplines. You can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you're learning.

Daily Life

Sydney will also be your classroom. Enjoy the city’s robust music scene with a performance at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Visit one of the many museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see some of the country’s great works of art. Soak in the beauty of Sydney’s landscape by walking the path from Coogee to Bondi Beach—or, better yet, climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge. Field trips to iconic destinations like the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, and the Great Barrier Reef round our your study abroad experience.


IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the University of New South Wales.

The campus of UNSW is close to Coogee beach with easy access to the city center via public transportation. It offers easy access to the incredible natural beauty of Australia’s varied landscape and a wealth of cultural and social opportunities in Sydney.

University of New South Wales

With about 14,000 international students from 120+ countries enrolled per year, it’s easy to see how the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is historically committed to internationalism. You have access to an impressive range of academic options across many disciplines, as well as internship opportunities. Close to downtown Sydney, UNSW’s proximity to the beach connects you with the famous laid-back Aussie lifestyle.

Because UNSW has a large student community (its total student population is more than 53,000), the University works hard to provide many opportunities for you to get involved. UNSW is home to a thriving theatre and arts community. The student entertainment center, The Roundhouse, is the site of frequent concerts, movie screenings, and lawn entertainment.


Located on an attractive, self-contained campus near downtown Sydney, UNSW is an ideal destination if you want access to big-city culture while also being connected to Sydney’s beach lifestyle.


UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, with students enrolled in more than 900 academic programs across nine faculties. Its impressive range of strong programs across the disciplines makes it possible for IES Abroad students of almost every academic background to actively pursue a challenging and stimulating experience at UNSW. The UNSW Business School has both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. Most IES Abroad students take Level Two courses, which may require certain prerequisites. Most courses are worth 6 UOC or 4 IES Abroad credits.

Students entering for the US spring semester complete one course for 4 IES Abroad credits in the month of January before beginning the regular term in February. Then, between February and May, students complete three additional courses at 4 IES Abroad credits each. Students entering for the US fall semester complete one course for 4 IES Abroad credits between August and September before beginning the regular term in September. Then, between September and December, students complete three additional courses at 4 IES Abroad credits each.

The disciplines listed below are open to IES Abroad students. You can access descriptions for all courses on UNSW's Study Abroad page. Click the "What You Can Study" tab and follow the links to UNSW's Online Handbook. Keep in mind that “courses” may refer to a course of study (ie. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), and “units of study” may refer to specific classes.

Arts & Social Sciences

  • African Studies
  • Americas Studies
  • Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Communication & Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Development Studies
  • English & Literature
  • Environmental Humanities
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Greek Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Indonesian Studies
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media Culture & Technology
  • Media Production
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Public Relations & Advertising
  • Screen & Sound
  • Social Research & Policy
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Theatre & Performance Studies
  • Women & Gender Studies

Commerce & Economics*

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Law & Taxation
  • Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism & Hospitality


  • Aerospace
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mechatronics
  • Mining
  • Naval Architecture
  • Petroleum
  • Photonic
  • Photovoltaics & Solar Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Science
  • Software Surveying & Spatial Information Systems
  • Telecommunications

Fine Arts

  • Applied Arts
  • Art Education
  • Art History & Theory Design
  • Digital Media
  • Fine Arts


  • Elective courses only (restricted to students currently pursuing a Law-related degree)

Medical Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology


  • Aviation
  • Biological Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Geoscience
  • Marine Science
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Safety Science

*EQUIS- and AACSB-accredited

Advising & Support

Even though you’re directly enrolling in one of our partner universities, we’re here for you whenever you need us.


Choosing and directly enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process.

But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Sydney, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.


The support services we offer IES Abroad direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff will be there for you.

On-Site Staff

Whether you have questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety, our Sydney-based IES Abroad staff is available to fully support you. Because of our close relationship with the universities in Sydney, IES Abroad is also able to offer you unique academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Our staff in Sydney will accompany you throughout orientation, as well as at the IES Abroad field trips and cultural events.


Interning while you study in Sydney gives you rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life everyday culture of your host country;
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school;
  • Improve your confidence.

The University of New South Wales offers academic internship placements to study abroad students majoring in Business or Media. Only students who are majoring in these fields and have already completed a number of relevant courses are considered for placement.

You earn 6 UOC (4 IES Abroad credits) for serving in a workplace for a few days each week. An internship also includes additional academic contact hours with your supervisor, and assessment is based on workplace performance, a journal, a final research project, and an exit report. For more information, visit UNSW's Study Abroad Internship Program page.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, UNSW staff will work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. Students have been placed in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If UNSW doesn't currently have the connections in your field of placement, UNSW staff will search for a placement that's right for you.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Sydney, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations:

Featherdale Wildlife & Blue Mountains

1 Day

Hike in the Blue Mountains and enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Royal National Park

1 Day

Explore the second-oldest national park in the world, full of fascinating plants, birds, and animals.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Sydney is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to exciting destinations—we’re all about our student services.


IES Abroad Orientation

Our orientation program is a dynamic, hands-on introduction to Australian culture and living in Sydney. Orientation includes sessions on academic transition, safety and security, and cultural adjustment.

Past highlights have included a boat cruise in Sydney Harbour. This is followed by a day-long hiking trip to the Blue Mountains, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are well-known for their canyons, rock formations, and rainforests, and for being home to Aboriginal communities.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

University Orientation

In addition to the IES Abroad orientation, you take part in the UNSW international student orientation. This program provides an official academic orientation that further introduces you to the facilities at UNSW. You finalize your enrollments and also have the opportunity to discuss course offerings one-on-one with a university advisor.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.

As part of IES Abroad’s direct enrollment services, we offer well-located, comfortable housing for all students because securing housing independently can be challenging. IES Abroad’s housing options reflect the local student culture and meet our safety and security standards.

Apartment Housing

University Terraces - the University Terraces are located on High Street, on the main campus, about a five-minute walk to the main courtyard and a two-minute walk to the sports center. Each apartment includes a kitchenette, shared bathroom, and a living area. All apartments are fully furnished, and you can cook in your apartment or go to a variety of restaurants and markets in the surrounding area. The Terraces were opened in 2013, and other amenities include recreation and group study rooms on each floor, an outdoor barbecue area, and coin-operated laundry. Space is very limited, and, if given space in the Terraces, you will likely have a single bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment with another student as your roommate. Apartments are typically mixed-gender unless otherwise requested. No meals are included.

University of New South Wales Village (UNSWV) – like the University Terraces, the University of New South Wales Village (UNSWV) is located on High Street, on the main campus, about a five-minute walk to the main courtyard and a two-minute walk to the sports center. Each apartment includes a full kitchen, shared bathrooms, and a living and dining area. All apartments are fully furnished, and you can cook in your apartment or go to a variety of restaurants and markets in the surrounding area. Other amenities include a café, TV room, game room, group and private study spaces, a theater, and card-operated laundry. Space is limited, and, if given a space in UNSWV, you will likely have a single room in a five- or six-bedroom apartment shared with international and Australian students. Apartments are typically mixed-gender unless otherwise requested. No meals are included.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Sydney through our cultural events, such as:

  • Taking surfing lessons
  • Enjoying a dinner cruise in Darling Harbour
  • Taking a field trip to the Royal National Park
  • Attending an Aussie Rules football game
  • Celebrating the semester with a farewell dinner in downtown Sydney

University Clubs & Events

While you’re in Sydney, be sure to join a social or sports club-they're a great way to meet local students. The University of New South Wales encourages active student involvement in university life through the Student Guild, the Student Union, the Sports Association, residential colleges, and independent academic faculties. With more than 250 university clubs and societies covering cultural, social, and sporting activities, you are sure to find a community at UNSW. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many clubs and organizations as a way to meet Australian students.

IES Abroad suggests getting involved in university life through CASOC (Clubs and Societies on Campus) and the Sports Association.


Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $14,195 $4,995 $475 $19,665

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic Year $25,025 $9,790 $950 $35,765

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Adelyn Dougherty Leander Need-Based Urban Issues Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

Open to students who have an interest in urban studies (a major in urban studies is not required).

Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers

Up to $10,000; awarded to 6 students each year.

The Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers was established by an anonymous donor to encourage more engineering students to have the enriching, life-changing experience of study abroad.

Our Center

The IES Abroad office is located in Surry Hills, an inner suburb within the city of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to the city center, known as the Central Business District, or CBD. Just a few blocks from Sydney’s central rail station, it is well connected to the rest of the city and surrounding areas. Commuting time, by bus, to the University of Sydney campus is 15 minutes and to the UNSW campus 20 minutes. The Macquarie campus is 45-55 minutes away by public transportation.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectation ... Read More

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