The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities. Well located within one of the top global cities, UNSW offers students the best of both worlds - world-class beaches and stunning park lands within a vibrant, cosmopolitan harbor-side city. Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australia city, fostering an energetic business community and numerous opportunities for students' academic and professional development.
UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus has everything you need including dozens of cafes and restaurants, two banks, four ATMs, a post office, supermarket, food cooperative, pharmacy, medical center and dentist, two libraries, a fitness and aquatic center, and sports fields and courts. Experience UNSW's beautiful campus with their 360° tour
UNSW is Sydney's only university close to a beach - Coogee Beach is just an eight minute bus ride away!
Students may apply to University of New South Wales as either a Bilateral Exchange or Direct Enrollment Program. This is the program brochure page for the Bilateral Exchange option. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
Click here to see the brochure page for the University of New South Wales Direct Enrollment program.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
At UNSW, units are courses and courses are degree programs. Students studying abroad at UNSW will participate in the tailored term option, allowing them to take four courses. First, students will participate in an intensive course (January for the spring and August for the fall) before beginning the regular semester a month later where they will enroll in three additional courses. Students can explore intensive unit options online:
For the additional three courses, students can explore the regular list of courses UNSW offers:
- Course Search
- Click on the name of the course for the description and to view any pre-requisites.
- Class Timetable
- This lists all course codes and course names. You can check semester availability of courses based on the current academic year.
The following subjects have restrictions regarding enrollment for exchange students:
- Arts and Social Sciences
- Students wishing to take stage 3 Arts courses must be majoring in the desired field.
- INST, GLST, DANC, EDST and Music courses are restricted to those with a declared major in the field.
- Enrollment in Law courses is restricted to Law (or Government at Mason) majors.
- Core courses, internship courses, and research thesis are not available to exchange students.
- Art and Design
- Priorities will be given to a student majoring in Art/Design/Media.
- The following courses are not available: Industrial Training courses including MARK2999, MARK 3999, MARK 4999, FINS3100, FINS3200; MARK6xxx courses; GBAT courses.
- MBA courses are not available.
- Built Environment
- Studio based courses are often limited due to space and students should be flexible with subject choices.
- Enrollment in Biomedical Engineering courses is extremely limited; students should be prepared to select courses from another major.
- Graduate level psychology courses are not available to exchange students. Psychological coursework is available within the Arts and Science faculty at an undergraduate level.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
UNSW recently transferred to a Trimester calendar. Students attending for our spring semester will attend a special January term + Term 1 which runs from early January to mid-May. Students attending for our fall semester will attend a special August term + Term 3 which runs from mid-August to mid-December.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at UNSW. A full-time course load is typically 24 units of credit (usually four courses). A typical unit is 6 credits.
- 6 UNSW Credits = 4 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer 16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at UNSW.
|High Distinction (HD)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
A variety of room types and apartments are available including catered (with a meal plan) colleges, self-catered (no meal plan) university apartments, or privately run colleges on (or very close) to campus. It is recommended you apply for housing as early as possible as places are limited.
- Residential Communities
- A limited number of accommodation is available at the self-catered University Terraces and the fully-catered Kensington Colleges. Information (including the cost, application form, and deadline) will be sent to students by UNSW after they have been accepted into the exchange program.
- Affiliated Colleges and Apartments
- UNSW has eight affiliated partners that provide high quality accommodation. You should apply directly to the College or Apartment as soon as possible.
- Off-Campus Housing
- Many students choose to live off campus and enjoy the beautiful suburbs that surround UNSW. It is recommended you arrive 1-2 weeks early to find off-campus accommodation. You may with to book temporary accommodation to allow time to find more permanent housing.
- UNSW Tip: You should never arrange off-campus accommodation nor transfer money from overseas.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.