Western Sydney University is located in Penrith, New South Wales - part of the Greater Western Sydney metropolitan area and 31 miles west of Sydney's central business district on the banks of the Nepean River. Similar to Fairfax and Washington, D.C., public transportation to the downtown area is quick and easy. Western Sydney has five campuses located in Greater Western Sydney, Australia's third-largest and fastest-growing regional economy. As an exchange student, you can study at the Parramatta and Parramatta City campuses, the Penrith campus, the Bankstown campus, the Campbelltown campus, or the Hawkesbury campus - depending on your subject choice and their availability on the respective campuses. Home to 45,000 students, Western Sydney hosts world-class research and teaching across 100 areas.
Located in the geographical center of Australia's most populous area, enjoying close proximity to the Blue Mountains to the west and 100 kilometers of coastline and beaches to the east, Western Sydney is immersed in a cosmopolitan culture that welcomes international students. As an exchange student at Western Sydney, you'll be part of a dynamic community. Join one of 150 student clubs or associations, learn to surf at Bondi Beach, visit the Blue Mountains, or climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Students may apply to Western Sydney University as either a Bilateral Exchange or Direct Enrollment Program. This is the program brochure page for the Direct Enrollment option. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay a program fee to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
Click here to see the brochure page for the Western Sydney University Bilateral Exchange 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 2.5 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 (not including summer) at Mason.
At Western Sydney, units are courses and courses are degree programs. As a general rule, students can take most units, subject to availability and the meeting of prerequisites. Units in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Midwifery are not available to exchange students.
Students must take a minimum of 3 units per term and a maximum of 4 units. Cross-campus study is not available.
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.
The academic calendar at Western Sydney is a bit different from Mason. The Autumn (1st) semester starts in late February and goes through the end of June and the Spring (2nd) semester starts in mid July and goes through the end of November.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Western Sydney. A full-time course load is 30-40 units. A typical unit is 10 credits.
- 10 Western Sydney Credits = 4 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 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 Western Sydney.
| Western Sydney Grade
|High Distinction (HD)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Western Sydney University offers high quality, fully-furnished, self-catered on-campus accommodation. While on-campus housing is not guaranteed, it is highly likely a student will receive an offer.
As an exchange student, you can study at the Parramatta
and Parramatta City
campuses, the Penrith campus
, the Bankstown campus
, the Campbelltown campus
, or the Hawkesbury campus
- depending on your subject choice and their availability on the respective campuses.
The following are the most popular campuses:
Located on 22 hectares in the southwestern suburb of Milperra about a 45 minute drive from Sydney's Central Business District. The nearby city of Bankstown has a population of 203,000. Courses are available in the: School of Business; School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics; School of Education; School of Humanities and Communication Arts; School of Social Sciences and Psychology.
This campus has two sites in Rydalmere (Parramatta Campus) and another on Macquarie Street in the center of Parramatta (Parramatta City Campus). The North and South campuses have a mixture of contemporary and renovated historical buildings, amidst rolling parklands bordering the Parramatta River, located right at Rydalmere station or a ten-minute bus ride to Parramatta. Courses are available in the: School of Business; School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics; School of Humanities and Communication Arts; School of Law; School of Science and Health; School of Social Sciences and Psychology.
Located on the western edge of the Sydney metropolitan area at the foot of the Blue Mountains near the Nepean River. The 158-hectare campus has two sites in the suburbs of Kingswood and Werrington, divided by the Great Western Highway but linked by a free shuttle bus service from Kingswood train station throughout the day. Courses are available in the: School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics; School of Humanities and Communication Arts; School of Science and Health; School of Social Sciences and Psychology.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees for one semester
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Australian Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC)
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Mid-Late September*
*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.