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University of New South Wales

Program Overview 

Location: Kensington, Australia
Culture: Globally minded, informal
Neighborhood: Cosmopolitan, active
Housing: on-campus dormitory
English level: Beginner - advanced

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) ranks as one of the top universities in Australia and has attracted an impressive reputation for being a cosmopolitan university, with students from 128 countries. Opportunities are endless in this nationally-renowned and globally-known institution. The informal and welcoming nature of Australia affords SAF Scholars the ability to become familiar with the unique blend of Australia's heritage and culture while also attending a wide range of courses.

Thanks to the warm climate, students enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and activities throughout the year. Many of the city's top attractions are within walking distance to UNSW, making its students an integrated part of the surrounding community. 

Nestled in a suburb of Sydney, UNSW offers students a global education while providing access to the largest metropolitan area in the country. Sydney plays many roles within Australian, ranging from the business capital to a well-known hub of food, shopping, and cultural activity.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars interested in experiencing life in a vibrant and multicultural city would be well-suited for UNSW. Right-fit students are independent and would enjoy an outgoing lifestyle
with many opportunities to make local and international friends.

Other Programs at University

SAF Scholars also have the option to take an Academic program.

Other Comparable Programs

University of Queensland ; University of Otago

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August to December)
Academic Year (September to May)
Fall + Winter (September to March)
Spring + Summer (March to August)
Spring + Summer + Fall (March to December)

Program Strengths

UNSW has over 50 years of teaching experience, giving it the history and knowledge in how to help students excel in the learning environment. The maximum class size is 18 students, which allows for more interaction between each student and the teacher. The classrooms include modern educational technology and help to facilitate the learning experience.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week


Number of Levels

Depending on the program duration and placement, students may be in classes which have 3 or 4 levels

Elective Course Offered


Progression or Concurrent Notes

Two progression options are available: 15 weeks (Spring start) or 20 weeks (Fall start). Students will need to achieve a C+ in the classes and a minimum of 20 on the writing TOEFL iBT in order to successfully progress to the academic program. 


Housing Type



Homestay families provide students with breakfast and dinner during the weekdays and three meals per day on the weekends.

Type of Room

Homestay room

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have the opportunity to join any of the 200 clubs and societies that exist on campus. They are overseen by Arc, the organization lead by UNSW students. Organizations vary by hobby, sports interest, area of study, culture, international community, and more. Students can also stay active and join one of the 30+ sports groups and clubs.

Life on Campus

Language classes take place in the Institute of Languages, which is across the street from the majority of the Kensington Campus. The building is located near multiple bus stops and the Sport Facilities. There are several types of English language courses offered in the Institute of Languages building. The types of students attending these diverse language courses will vary, affording SAF scholars with the benefits of advancing their skills in a diverse learning environment. The Student Activities Officers can organize tours and social activities for students. SAF students have access to the numerous and almost unlimited activities that the UNSW campus and Sydney overall offers. On-campus societies, through Arc, offer access to meeting other students with similar interests — to name a few, theatre, sports, Disney, accounting, game development and more.
Last Updated: 1/9/19