Introductory Academic Program (IAP)

Commencing Australia Awards Scholarship recipients must enrol and participate in the IAP before the Term starts. The Program is coordinated by the International Student Compliance Team. It includes general information sessions and familiarises new students with the demands of the Australian academic environment with an emphasis on academic skills needed to make a smooth transition to study in Australia.

The IAP covers academic English and communication skills including written, oral and learning components and you will also learn about managing your studies at a postgraduate level.

The program further provides you with library skills as well as Microsoft Office Certification courses to provide you not only with relevant skills for your learning and/or research needs at UNSW but also with a globally recognised certificate.

The IAP includes participation and attendance in Orientation Week and the International Student Welcome Day. Again, please be advised that attendance at all components of the IAP is compulsory for all AAS recipients including weekend excursions.

The IAP for Term 1, 2022 will run from Monday, 24 January until Friday, 11 February 2022. Due to current quarantine requirements, our Recommended Arrival Date is Monday, 13 January 2022 to allow for a 72 hours quarantine period.

The IAP Schedule is currently under construction.

Below are outlines of the subjects covered:

Cultural transition

Building cultural competencies for student life.

Cultural transition is very important in your successful orientation to university and settling into the wider community.

This module comprises of campus and community orientation, Australian cultural awareness, personal skills to succeed, and IAP connect discussion sessions.

English language assessment

IAP students undertake an English diagnostic test, which includes a writing component, and feedback on students’ current level of English language skills will be provided.

Depending on the result, students may be referred to attend relevant workshops and make use of online resources to improve their English. On a needs basis, one-on-one consultations can be booked with the Academic Skills Team.

Academic learning skills

Many students require guidance in preparing academic work because of unfamiliarity with appropriate genre and language.

This module includes academic skills overview, orientation to a specific academic environment and assessment types, institution perspectives and study requirements, including critical analysis, analytical thinking, referencing, academic writing and presenting.

Computing skills

The Computing courses are designed to give students computing and software application skills that are relevant to their needs at university. The emphasis of all components is on practical skills. The course material will be delivered in the computer laboratory where students will gain hands on experience.


  • Microsoft Word skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Word skills
  • PowerPoint skills
  • Microsoft Excel skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills

Library and online learning tools

The Library Skills module will give you an introduction to the UNSW Library and the online services and resources available to you. The emphasis is on practical skills development that will facilitate impactful research in support of your scholarly output.

UNSW utilises a suite of centrally provided eLearning technologies that support learning and teaching. This module will also introduce you to:

  • Moodle learning management system
  • Lecture recording systems
  • Turnitin
  • iTunesU
  • YouTube
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Maple TA
  • Questionmark Perception
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