- Fall: March 15
- Spring: September 1
YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.
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
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Academics at University of New South Wales Partnership
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.
- 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
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.
ART & DESIGN CAMPUS
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.
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.
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The IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.