IFSA University of New South Wales Partnership

Sydney, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: September 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About University of New South Wales

Just a stone's throw from the stunning Coogee Beach and the historically beautiful Coogee to Bondi walk, this modern university has an outstanding academic reputation and fantastic facilities. Most students live in residential colleges with vibrant social and inter sports programs, and only 20 minutes by bus to Downtown Sydney.

University of New South Wales Benefits

  • Live and learn in Sydney at one of the best universities in Australia, known as "Australia's most international campus" on a U.S. semester calendar.
  • High faculty-to-student ratio ensures personal attention
  • Gain valuable experience through an internship program that combines a workplace assignment with a substantial research project
  • World-class performing arts facilities as well as recreation center with pool, gymnasium, squash and tennis courts and a variety of activities from aerobics to weight lifting
  • An active students union that sponsors events and more than 50 student clubs and societies

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of New South Wales Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of New South Wales program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the UNSW online course catalog to browse the classes available. See a list of available intensive course offerings for  2019 here.

IFSA students must take the equivalent of 16 U.S. semester credit hours at UNSW, which is usually four courses; however, the number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. UNSW's new academic calendar, which is aligned with a U.S. semester schedule, means that you will take one course intensively at the beginning of your semester abroad, and then take three courses for the rest of the semester. (Effective beginning Spring 2019)

3 UNSW points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
6 UNSW points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
12 UNSW points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
  • All courses with codes beginning with the letter "Z" are taught on UNSW's Canberra campus and are therefore unavailable to study abroad students.
  • Be sure that you choose only those courses offered on the UNSW Sydney, Kensington or UNSW Art & Design campuses.
  • Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
Courses in the Faculty of Law are not open to study abroad students, with the exception of: LAWS3350, Sport, Law and Society in Australia; LAWS3351, Sport and the Law in the Western World; and those with course codes starting with GENL.

School of Medical Sciences classes with course codes starting with MFAC are not open to study abroad students, but similar courses are available under the GENM code, and those are open to study abroad students.

Criminology (CRIM) classes are restricted to Criminology majors.

Media (MDIA) classes are not available to study abroad students.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available to study abroad students in classes on the UNSW Art & Design campus. If you are interested in courses on this campus, be sure to complete your application materials early.
Experiential Learning

The University of New South Wales offers internships in two areas: Business and Media Studies. A staff member in the agency or organization where you are placed will supervise your performance in the internship and act as your field supervisor. An academic supervisor will monitor your progress in your placement and guide you on your academic project.

Internship applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed at least four semesters of a relevant degree.

Your academic supervisor, field placement supervisor and another UNSW staff member will assess your internship for the final grade. The academic project associated with your internship carries most of the weight in determining your final letter grade. An internship replaces one regular class at UNSW and is worth 4 Butler University U.S. credit hours. Interns work between 100-150 hours for the length of the internship, depending on their placement.

Students interested in a Media Studies internship are required to find their own internship placement. For assistance in doing so, contact your IFSA program advisor for more information.

Placements are offered after an interview process either prior to the start of the semester or after you arrive in Sydney. UNSW cannot guarantee internship placements before the interview process is complete.

University of New South Wales students have the option of engaging in research for academic credit during their semester abroad. You will need to find a researcher to be your advisor and include you in their lab. Once you find a researcher, IFSA and UNSW will help you make the connection and make sure you’re enrolled in the research course. Research students will do the internship in place of one of their four regular UNSW courses and it is worth 4 US semester credit hours. 

Please be aware that the research class (REGZ9212) is recorded as a pass/fail grade rather than a A-F letter grade. You will need to contact your study abroad advisor to be sure that your home university will accept pass/fail credit to transfer back to your home institution.

Research applicants should use UNSW’s Find a Researcher tool to identify someone they would like to work with.

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of New South Wales Partnership
Accounting Actuarial Science Advertising Agriculture Anatomy/Physiology Anthropology Archaeology Architecture and Design Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Aviation Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biology Biomedical Engineering Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Ceramics Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Climatology Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Construction Management Creative Writing Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Dance Ecology Economics Education Studies Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Fashion Design Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Film Production Finance Foreign Language, Other French Genetics Geology German Health Education History Human Resources Immunology Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Interior Design International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Japanese Jewish Studies Kinesiology/Exercise Science Landscape Architecture Latin American Studies Literature Management Management Information Systems Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Meteorology Microbiology Mining Engineering Museum Studies Music Neuroscience Nutrition/Food Science Organizational Management Petroleum Engineering Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy Philosophy of Science Photography Physics Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Public Relations Secondary Education Social Justice Social Work Sociology Spanish Statistics Studio Art Telecommunications Textiles & Apparel Theater/Drama Theater/Drama Women and Gender Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Most meals included
Depending on the housing arrangement you are assigned, you will either have a partial meal plan (residence halls) or the expectation that you will prepare your own meals (self-catered apartments/flats). UNSW students have three on-campus housing options: 
  • Barker Street Apartments are located on campus overlooking the lush Village Green. Apartments are comprised of 5 single bedrooms with shared bathrooms, living, and kitchen spaces.
  • Colombo House is a hybrid between a traditional college and apartment style of living. Students have single rooms with private bathrooms and share a community kitchen on the ground floor.
  • The Terraces - self-catered apartments where two students share a two bedroom apartment with a kitchen and a shared bathroom.
Please note that housing at UNSW is very competitive. While IFSA guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee first choices and preferences.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 12, 2019
Program End Date
December 15, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on Barker Street. Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in the Terraces ($1,050), or Columbo House ($1,275). UNSW charges higher tuition for lab courses. Students enrolled in these courses will receive an additional bill for approximately $200 per course

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 3, 2020
Program End Date
May 17, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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