Checklist for international students on getting started at UNSW

There is a lot to think about before you start your journey at UNSW and in Australia.

Here you will find information about what you might need to consider.

Register for your International Student Welcome

Your International Orientation is designed to introduce you to studying at UNSW and provide you with useful advice about attending lectures and your educational experience in Australia in general.

  • If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student, it is highly recommended that all international students attend the Faculty Welcome events.
  • If you are a higher degree research candidate, the Graduate Research School will send you information regarding the Higher Degree Research Welcome and Orientation, which provides important information to help you kickstart your research candidature.

Studying virtually?

UNSW IT has put together some useful tips to help you successfully manage your online learning experience. 

However, it is important to keep in mind the threat of cyber attacks to intellectual property, important data, and privacy. Shere are some tips and information to help defend yourself against potential cyber attacks.

Please note: Higher degree postgraduate research students need to be on campus.

Living costs, accommodation & transport for study on campus

If you are arriving into Australia for the first time, make sure you visit UNSW's International Student Travel Concierge Service for useful information to help you with the arrival process.

Every city around the world is different and there are a few costs you need to keep in mind when planning your daily expenses.

And make sure to check out the on campus and off campus options to assist you with planning your accommodation in Sydney.

Information about public transport, taxis and ride share options from Sydney Airport can be found on this Sydney Airport web page. For information about public transport, parking and cycling to campus, visit UNSW Estate Management.

Opal Cards

Please note that International students are not eligible for a concession Opal Card unless you are in receipt of an approved Australian Government scholarship and enrolled full time. Therefore, you will need to obtain an Adult Opal Card to travel on the public transport system in Sydney.

The Australian Government Scholarships program are comprised of:

  • The Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships, funded by the Department of Education and training for full research scholarships
  • The Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships and Vocational Education and Training
  • The Australian Awards (two scholarship streams) funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for full scholarships

Students undertaking cross-institutional studies

If you are a UNSW student undertaking cross institutional studies and your combined study load is equivalent to a full time study load you may be eligible for a concession Opal Card. Please bring proof of your cross institutional enrollment to The Nucleus: Student Hub.

Information for students under 18 years of age

If you are an international student and under 18 years of age then you will need to consider further things when it comes to your accommodation and welfare. There are also some great FAQs for students and some FAQs for your parents or custodians..

Make sure you keep an eye out in your inbox for information on your Under 18 International Student Induction as well as information sessions for Parents & Caregivers. 

Bringing family to Australia?

There are a number of things you need to consider if you plan on bringing your family with you to Australia including living costs, Australian schooling and childcare.

Find resources to help you plan your relocation here.

Disability support

If you have a disability and need some extra assistance, we have a range of support services that can help you. You can find out all the information you need to know about disability support before you leave home or are studying remotely.

Sign up for a UNSW Buddy Program

Getting used to a new culture and a new study environment can be daunting. At UNSW, we have some buddy programs to assist you to settling into your new way of life. You might like to find out about our Cultural Mentoring Program.

International Student Life

International Student Life has a range of programs and services available to you, from the time you arrive through to your graduation. These are aimed at creating a student experience that is personally inspiring and culturally enriching.

See next

Continue following the steps to get started at UNSW. Information for:

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students

Higher degree research candidates

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