Drexel in Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW)
About the Program
University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a large research institution in Sydney, Australia. It was established in 1949, and is regarded as one of the top universities in Australia and the world. Ranked in the top 40s in the QS World University Rankings, and 4th in Australia, UNSW is a popular destination for study abroad.
The UNSW exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into Australian education and culture as they take classes with the local Aussies and international students. This program is open to all Drexel majors and students may choose from a wide range of subjects.
Most classes take place at UNSW’s Kensington campus, which is only 5 minutes from one of Australia’s top beaches, Coogee Beach. UNSW is the closest university to an ocean beach in Australia is about 30 minutes from Sydney’s city centre, which is easily accessible by public transit.
Sydney is Australia’s biggest city and arguably one of the country’s most famous destinations. It is a unique harbour city that has a large downtown core and a sprawling inland suburban areas inhabited by 4.5 million Sydneysiders (residents of Sydney).
Sydney enjoys a warm and sunny climate that lends itself to a healthy lifestyle. With pristine sandy beaches to the east, National Parks to the north and south and mountain ranges to the west, Sydney’s natural beauty presents an ideal setting for outdoor activities. Sydney is a world class city with beautiful beaches, parklands, a temperate climate and many major sporting and entertainment events throughout the year.
Located on the east coast of Australia, it is the capital of New South Wales and is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. According to the QS Best Student Cities Rankings, Sydney is #1 in Australia, and #4 worldwide.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
and Class Search:
Use these to search coursework offered at the University of New South Wales. Please note that classes are often called "units" in Australia.
This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at UNSW before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at UNSW. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at UNSW for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by Australia faculty at UNSW. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Note: 3-4 classes is the maximum amount of courses a student can take on this program.
UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar model for starting academic year 2019-20.
Known as UNSW3+, Drexel students will have a few options for when they can attend UNSW, listed below:
Fall term dates and itinerary
This term will count as Fall term at Drexel, and is known as “Term 3” at UNSW. Students will take 3 classes during this term, and may need to take an online class to ensure that they reach the Drexel credit minimum of 12 DU credits.
This term will also count as Fall term at Drexel, and is known as "Tailored Term 3" at UNSW. Students will enroll in 4 courses total at UNSW, taking one intensive course in August, followed by 3 courses from September – December. Students will have to leave their spring/summer co-op a month to 6 weeks early to do this option.
Spring Term Dates and Itinerary
This term will count for spring term at Drexel, and is known as "Term 1" at UNSW. Students will need to leave their fall/winter co-op about 6 weeks early to arrive at UNSW in time for orientation. Students may have the option of staying in Australia for summer term as well (if interested in this option, please speak with the Australia advisor).
Drexel students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad office, their academic advisor and the co-op office to determine how best plan their study abroad experience. The study abroad office urges students to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
Students will stay in dormitories or apartments. Housing is not guaranteed, but is often offered to all students who apply for accommodation on time.
US citizens studying abroad in Australia will need a visa. While the visa process is relatively easy, students should budget about $550 for their visa and $350 for mandatory Australian health insurance.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.