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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 05/22/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 20
Language of Instruction: English Academic Disciplines: Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, City and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, History, Technology, and Society, Industrial Design, International Affairs, Literature, Media and Communication, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Music Technology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: NO
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: NO
Program Description:
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Location Information

Fall semester:  early August – mid December (Tailored Term 3 + Term 3)
Spring semester:  early January – mid May (January Term + Term 1)
Academic Year:  early August – mid May  (Tailored Term 3 + Term 3 + January Term + Term 1)

This university is located in Sydney, Australia. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
State Department - Australia 
Students Abroad - Australia 
Lonely Planet - Australia

UNSW has over 40,000 students including 9,000 international students from over 90 different countries. Founded in 1949, this fairly young university is noted for its long-standing commitment to enrolling international students and many joint programs with overseas institutions.  UNSW is one of Australia's leading research universities and is home to a number of internationally recognized research developments in the fields of Quantum Computing, Photovoltaics, HIV/Aids Research, Interactive Cinema and Polymer Chemistry. UNSW has extensive science, technology and engineering based courses and flexible course structures.

The main campus of 85 acres is located within 20 minutes from the center of Sydney and within walking distance of Coogee Beach. UNSW is a modern, urban campus with extensive sporting and recreational activities to complement its great reputation for research and scholarship. 

While studying at UNSW for a semester or a year, you may elect to stay on-campus in one of the residential colleges. These colleges are independent of the University and are much like the dormitory facilities located on most major university campuses. Each college has its own character so be sure to read the UNSW descriptions and choose the one that best suits your personality. Each college has its own application procedures; interviews are usually required. For information on housing options, visit their website.

UNSW's Study Abroad Office can assist students in finding housing as well. They have over fifty properties including large homes and smaller-style apartments, all of which are located within walking distance to the University and the beach. These properties are furnished, including equipped kitchens. Students are required to bring their own bed linen and towels. Click here for more information.

It is suggested that you arrive in Sydney 10-14 days before the mandatory orientation in order to secure housing and settle in.

UNSW has 18 on-campus eateries plus shops. There aren't meal plans, but the cost is usually reasonable so you shouldn't have a problem finding something to eat when you can't go home to cook. 

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
For UNSW's course catalog, click here.  Click on "Courses A-Z".  Be sure to note which semester courses are offered before applying. Click on the "Course Timetable" link to see which semesters courses are offered. Fall courses will be indicated by Semester Two and Spring courses will be indicated by "Semester One". 

For detailed course outlines for engineering disciplines: click here. 

The following Business courses are not available to exchange students: MARK2999, MARK3999, MARK4999, FINS3100, FINS3200

Research opportunities may be available at UNSW. Exchange students would conduct research as part of their course load for a variable amount of credit. Please check with program advisor for more details
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

6 UNSW Credits = 3 GT credit hours
Engineering = # of contact hours per week
1 Industrial Design STUDIO credit = 1 GT credit
2 Industrial Design LECTURE credit = 1 GT credit

UNSW Grade = US Grade
75-100% (DN, HD) = A
65-74% (CR) = B
50-64% (PS) = C
46-49% (PC, PT) = D
45% or under (FL) = F 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Participants must have a valid passport and student visa. For Australian student visa instructions and forms click here and here. Study abroad students going to Australia are required to purchase the OSHC insurance in order to obtain an Australian visa. Details will be given to students in their acceptance packets from UNSW. 
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem