The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. Established in 1949, it is regarded as one of the world's leading universities, ranked 3rd in Australia, 45th in the world, and 1st in New South Wales according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The university comprises nine faculties, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The main campus is located on a 38-hectare (94-acre) site seven kilometres (four miles) from the Sydney central business district. UNSW's student population is approximately 54,000. It has international exchange and research partnerships with over 200 universities around the world.
UNSW's Business School is recognized as one of the top business schools in Australia. The school has many outstanding credentials to support its reputation and is distinguished by the high caliber of its academics, students and alumni. UNSW Business School leads the way in research performance and in the rankings of its education programs. The student population of UNSW is approximately 15,000. Two percent of its students are in research. Thirty percent of all UNSW Business School students are international students, with the largest proportion of international students coming from China, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
Like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, Sydney as Australia’s leading global city is an important hub within the Asia Pacific region and the financial center of the Australian economy. Sydney is the largest city in Australia, with a population of 4.5 million people. It is one of the world's most multicultural cities attracting people from all over the globe, who bring a huge range of languages, cultures, cuisines and ideas to share. About 40 percent of the city’s population is foreign-born. According to analysts at Forbes, Sydney ties with Beijing as the eighth most influential city in the world.
As Australia's main financial center, Sydney is home to the Australian Stock Exchange and the Futures Exchange. More than 75 percent of all foreign and domestic banks in Australia have their headquarters located in Sydney. According to the 2011 census there were over 151,000 workers employed in the finance and financial services sector in Greater Sydney with more than 55 percent located within the City.
Sydney has well a developed human capital and skill base, with a strong education and research sector. It is home to five universities featured within the QS World University Rankings and also one of the best student cities in the world, according to the latest QS Best Student Cities index.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at UNSW, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. Opportunities for involvement are promoted at the club fair for student clubs. You can also learn more about Student Life at UNSW by visiting the University's https://www.unsw.edu.au/life.
UNSW is on a special academic calendar.
Tulane Spring is referred to as Tailored Term 1 (January Term + Term 1). Tulane students studying at UNSW in Tulane Spring will stay for January + Term 1 (February-May). They will take 1 class in January and 3 classes during Term 1 for a total of 4 classes (maximum).
Tulane Fall is referred to as Tailored Term 3 (August Term + Term 3). Tulane students studying at UNSW in Tulane Fall will stay for August + Term 3 (September-December). They will take 1 class in August and 3 classes during Term 3 for a total of 4 classes (maximum).
Ranking and Rigor
#23 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#11 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
This is a new exchange program. No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by UNSW faculty.
UNSW limits course enrollment to four classes per Tulane semester.
For a list of courses commonly offered at UNSW and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of January and August term offerings, please see the Tailored Term Courses Booklet. For regular term course offerings, please see the UNSW Handbook. The timetable lists all course codes and course names. You can check semester availability of courses based on the current academic year.
The following courses are not available to exchange students: Industrial Training courses including MARK2999, MARK3999, MARK4999, FINS3100, FINS3200, MARK6xxx courses, and GBAT courses.
Students must meet pre-requisites for courses. This will be assessed at time of application to UNSW (secondary application).
Students are required to be enrolled in a full time study load. That means 24 units of credit (UOC) per Tulane semester (typically spanning 2 terms at UNSW due to current academic calendar - see above). Most courses are weighted at 6 UNSW units of credit (3 Tulane credits). UNSW limits course enrollment to four classes per Tulane semester.
The Global Education and Student Exchange Office will endeavor to enroll you in your preferred courses before you arrive at UNSW, however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Enrollment is subject to course availability and Faculty approval. Students list preferred courses on their secondary application to UNSW and are contacted if there are any problems with their proposed enrollment. Otherwise they are able to change their enrollment after arrival.
Exchange students are not able to enroll online. Many courses have pre-requisites or assumed knowledge and Faculties need to check that students have an appropriate academic background for the courses requested. Instead the Global Education and Student Exchange Office will assist you with your enrollment. While every attempt
will be made to meet your course requirements, you may not be able to gain access to all of your nominated classes. It is therefore important that students be flexible with their subject choice and have sufficient back up courses as some courses do fill up quickly or may not be offered in a particular semester.
A feature of UNSW learning is that many courses are delivered via a series of lectures and tutorials. To get the most out of lectures and tutorials, you need to be an independent and active learner.
Lectures are formal structured presentations given to large numbers of students. In a typical lecture, students listen and take notes while a lecturer speaks. Lectures are usually held in large rooms (lecture theaters) and can last for one or two hours. Depending on the course, a lecturer may use slides or film, sound recordings or other media.
Tutorials are small discussion-based groups of students enrolled in a particular course. Each group is led by a tutor. Tutorials usually take place in classrooms and are less formal than lectures. Tutorials might be structured around particular activities or be more free-flowing, giving students the opportunity to raise topics, ask questions and explore ideas. Tutorials involve a much higher level of interaction than lectures do. All students are expected to participate.
Discussion and group work are also key features of the academic culture at UNSW.
Students are examined continuously over the duration of their semester abroad. Assessment methods are outlined in course syllabi.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
UNSW's grading system works on a scale from 0 to 100. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at UQ. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For the semester abroad program at UNSW, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing;
meet UNSW's GPA requirement. UNSW has a strict cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0. Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will not be considered.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Once nominated an email is sent to the students with information on how to submit their online application form. Students are asked to upload the following supporting documents as part of their online application and bring the original or certified copies with them to Australia: Most recent academic transcript (the transcript needs to be uploaded as one document in a PDF format only) andID page of the student’s passport. UNSW does not require hard or scanned copies of applications. The secondary application is due by UNSW's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition and academic support fee plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
Exchange Student Housing
Exchange students can choose from a variety of options, including self-catered on-campus accommodation, catered on-campus options, and off-campus apartments. For more information, visit http://www.housing.unsw.edu.au/.
Past students have provided feedback about the following housing options at UNSW:
"If going to UNSW, absolutely live in the Kensington Colleges. It allows you a chance to immerse yourself in Australian culture and make good friends with local Australians rather than just spending your time with other American exchange students."
"The Terrace Apartments are great, but there is no heating so they can get a bit cold!"
"I lived in UNSW International House in Bondi Beach- incredible location, but a bit of a commute to school [about an hour total during high traffic times and 2 buses]."
If applying for UNSW exchange student housing, apply as soon as possible! UNSW housing is allocated on a first come first served basis. You should apply as soon as you have submitted your secondary application and have accepted your offer to study at UNSW! Apply online at https://accommodation.unsw.edu.au/.
Please note: UNSW charges a $100 housing application fee. This fee is non-refundable, even if you don't get one of your preferred housing options. It takes several weeks to receive a housing offer. Students that apply late might not receive an offer until close to their program start date.
Past participants recommend the areas of Kensington, Randwick, and Coogee. If you don't mind a longer commutes, Bondi is very nice but expensive. One past participant had the following to share about their off-campus housing experience: "[I] lived in Coogee @ Oakland Apartments. Coogee or Bondi is the way to go. Lived right next to the beach- it was great!"
International Student Housing Assistance (ISHA)
If you need assistance looking for temporary or private accommodation, or if university accommodation isn’t available when you apply, Student Development International (SDI) may be able to help: student.unsw.edu.au/housing-assistance.
Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.