Completing Your Studies

Here you can find information about completing your studies at UNSW.

Information sessions

Be sure to attend our upcoming information sessions. Student Life will coordinate three information sessions this term for international students who are due to complete their studies:

  • Staying in Australia
  • Preparing to Return Home
  • Temporary Graduate Visa - Subclass 485

See the upcoming information sessions


  • View recording of the sessions via this Moodle link.
  • Login with your zID and enter the student enrolment key Graduation.

Graduation process

This is a comprehensive guide to the UNSW graduation process and how to apply for other documents your need for graduation.

Attending your graduation ceremony

If you wish to stay in Australia to attend your graduation ceremony, please contact the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs (concerning immigration) to discuss your visa options.  

Before contacting the Department of Home Affairs, confirm your graduation date. You will need this information, and an Award and Enrolment Statement (completion letter) if you apply for an alternate visa to remain in Australia for your graduation.

Your graduation and family visa information

You can invite your parents to Australia to attend your Graduation Ceremony. To do this, you need to write an invitation letter to your parents indicating you wish your parents to attend your Graduation Ceremony in Australia. You will need to demonstrate you have completed your degree and are graduating. You will need an Award Statement.

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) 

  • Read the criteria and eligibility for a Temporary Graduate Visa, including English language, health and character test requirements, and start preparing for your application.
  • Meet the required English language requirement at the time of application - you need to show evidence that in the last 3 years, you achieved the required English language requirement. If you don’t have existing evidence, you will need to book an English language test. Make sure that you know how long results take to be released so that you know you will have them in time. UNSW Global is an IELTS, TOEFL and Pearsons testing centre.

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