University of New South Wales (Sydney)

University of New South Wales is an exchange destination for bachelor and master students of Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

Student experiences

Student experiences


UNSW Fact sheet including course information

Exchange at UNSW

Student life 

Course offering Summer 2023 Term 

Course offering Term 1 2023


UNSW continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we recommend students are flexible with their plans as information can change quickly. Up to date information on the safe return to UNSW campuses can be found at COVID-19 - UNSW Sydney

It is also important students stay up to date to ensure they are eligible for entry into Australia and are aware of visa requirements and processing times. 

  • For information based on your country of origin and destination see travel restrictions
  • To check you have an approved Australian Government Approved Vaccination to enter the country and what your certificate needs to include to ensure it is valid see vaccination requirements.

Please note that from the University of Utrecht it is only possible to go on an in-person exchange.

Academic calendar

Starting in 2019, UNSW Sydney will transition to a new academic calendar titled UNSW3+
The academic year at UNSW is divided into four academic terms;

Term 1, from mid-February until mid-May.
Term 2, from early June until late August.
Term 3, from mid-September until mid-December.
(Australian) Summer/January Term, from early January until mid-February.

UNSW will offer two tailored terms for Study Abroad and Exchange Students:
Tailored Term 1: Summer Term + Term 1, from early January until mid-May.
Tailored Term 3: T2C (August) Term + Term 3, from mid-August until mid-December.

Academic calendar

See also this folder

New academic calendar UNSW

Application and language requirements

Minimum average grade (when applying at UU): 3.0 GPA or 65% credit average (Aus) = 6.5 (Netherlands). 


If English isn't your first language you will need to provide proof of English proficiency at time of application for UNSW (application deadlines for Tailord Term 3 & Term 3 2022: 1 April / Tailord Term 1&Term 1 2023: 15 October)

You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one of UNSW’s approved criteria. You should upload your supporting documents to your Study Abroad or Exchange application (so you should have the test score available by then). English proficiency is an entry requirement and UNSW cannot accept students without it. 

UNSW recognises a number of English Language tests and English Preparation Courses which can be undertaken to meet the University’s English language requirements: More information. 

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

UNSW assists with finding housing. On-campus housing (residence halls), student apartments and off-campus housing are available. All these can be arranged through the Housing Office. The ISS-marketplace is also the online database available to help with housing, furniture etc. There’s a non-refundable housing administration fee of AU$ 25.

Estimated living costs per month

For an international student the average costs of living, housing and personal expenses depends on personal tastes and preferences. UNSW has got more information on their website.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

5 places for 22-23

Health insurance

All students are required by the Australian government to have OSHC medical insurance for the duration of their student visa with the exception of Norwegian, Swedish and Belgium passport holders. Details are provided to students on their acceptance. 


As an exchange student, you are eligible to apply for a student visa for the duration of your study (either one semester or one year). Exchange students are classified as a non-award student (student visa sub class 575).

See for more information:

Areas of study open to exchange students

Areas of study: UNSW offers a width breadth of courses for BA's + MA's exchange students across eight faculties:

Art & Design
Arts & Social Sciences
Built Environment

See for more specific information about the courses and restiction the fact sheet (above at this page) and the student handbook here below:

Student Handbook


Shortly before the start of each semester, we hold a compulsory orientation program to ensure that you are correctly enrolled and settled. It’s a good opportunity for you to meet other students and become familiar with Sydney.

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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