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University of New South Wales - UNSW


The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a modern, progressive and multicultural university with a high level of expertise in the fields of science and technology. As a world-renowned research and teaching institution, UNSW aims to positively contribute to society as well as nurture students to do the same.

UNSW is part of the Group of Eight (Australian Universities) and is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide. The institution boasts over 14,000 international students from over 120 countries, who have access to faculty who are world leaders in their respective fields. The university pioneers interdisciplinary research in key fields such as inequality and climate change. Further, it has always been at the forefront of key developments, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer research.

UNSW has excellent industry links and connections meaning that students enjoy very good career prospects. In fact, graduates are much sought after by companies and the university received the Most Popular Graduate Employer Award by GradConnection/AFR, 2018. 

The university has continued to invest and make improvements across campuses in order to provide a leading and ideal learning environment for students. This includes a range of student support services, with everything from health and wellbeing to academic counselling.

The majority of faculties at UNSW are based at the university’s Sydney campus, a city that is consistently voted as one of the most liveable in the world. Other campuses include, the Art and Design Campus in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

A wide range of scholarships are on offer for students applying to UNSW.

Undergraduate scholarships

  • Alumni Association Scholarship

This is applicable for the grandchild or child of a UNSW alumnus presently taking up the equivalent of secondary or high school studies.

  • UNSW Hong Kong Alumni Award

This award is for Hong Kong residents aspiring to contribute towards society’s betterment and looking to take up an undergraduate degree at UNSW.

  • Humanities and Languages Equity Scholarship

This award supports and encourages disadvantaged students to take up study options on offer by the UNSW School of Humanities and Languages.

Postgraduate (coursework) scholarships

  • Art and Design International Coursework Scholarship

This award supports international practising designers and artists who are undertaking or looking to take up a full-time masters (coursework) degree with Art & Design.

  • Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International students

For international students who are high- achieving and looking to undertake the Juris Doctor UNSW, this scholarship offers great support.

UNSW International Scholarship Program

UNSW invites international students to apply for UNSW’s range of scholarships and award programs available. Students can apply now to the International Scholarship Program and start their studies this September.

The first green concrete trial in the world

Concrete, which is made using industrial waste from steel manufacturing and coal-fired power stations, is being used in a trial in the roads of Sydney for the first time in the world.

UNSW Sydney researchers and the CRCLCL, CRC for Low Carbon Living will use these trial results to create industry guidelines for the very first set of geopolymer concrete.

“While we’ll monitor the road performance for up to five years, a lot of the data collected in the first three to 12 months of this world-first trial will be used to confirm our models and strengthen our predictions. Concrete contributes 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions and in 2018 the world produced about 4.1 billion tonnes of cement, which contributed about 3.5 billion tonnes of CO2. Alternative, low-CO2 concrete materials offer potential benefits in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional concrete. This trial is important because we need demonstration projects to accurately assess the performance of geopolymer over time so that there can be broader uptake,” said Craig Heidrich, executive director of Australian (Iron and Steel) Association and Ash Development Association.

According to the associate professor of sustainability research at UNSW, Dr Tommy Wiedmann, if all concrete produced was geopolymer in place of traditional concrete for one year- 12,000 kilotons of carbon di oxide would be saved.

Undergraduate study For undergraduate study, there is more than one way to meet its academic entry requirements. These include high school studies, foundation studies, recognised prior study and a university transfer. Postgraduate study For postgraduate study, students generally are required to have completed undergraduate studies at a university-type institution. English Language requirements If a student’s qualifications were not undertaken and assessed in English, a student must provide evidence to their English language ability which meets the minimum requirements for admission. Test requirements  IELTS Academic version only - 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest) TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) - 90 overall (min.23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking) TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) - 577 overall (min. 5.0 in the Test of Written English) Other qualifications In addition to the English Tests and University English Preparation Courses, UNSW also accepts a number of assessable academic qualifications as meeting the English language requirements. All qualifications must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the year of commencement of study at UNSW, except for students from Denmark, Sweden or Norway. The qualifications for students from these countries must be undertaken no more than four years prior to the year of commencement of study at UNSW.