Introductory Academic Program (IAP)

Commencing Australia Awards Scholarship recipients must 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 giving you not only 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. Again, please be advised that attendance at all components of the IAP is compulsory for all AAS recipients including weekend excursions (if offered).

The IAP for Term 3, 2022 will commence on Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 9:00am and runs through until Friday, 9 September 2022. Our Recommended Arrival Date is Wednesday, 3 August 2022. Hotel quarantine is no longer required for arrivals into NSW. For current arrival information, please read here.

The IAP schedule is here; minor adjustments might be necessary on short notice.

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 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification courses include a skills analysis as a pre-assessment, learning material, practice tests and a final exam. They are designed to provide students with in-depth skills and abilities in MSO applications that are relevant to their needs at university and in their professional careers. The emphasis of all components is on practical skills. The course material will be delivered as self-directed, online sessions for which, upon successfully passing the exam, students will be rewarded with a globally recognised certificate and digital batch.


  • 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.

    eLearning Technology

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

    • Moodle (Learning Management System)

    Within Moodle we then provide an overview into some frequently used tools such as

    • Moodle Forum
    • Moodle Assignment
    • Turnitin
    • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
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