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University of New South Wales 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Admissions at the University of New South Wales depend mostly on a student's academic performance. The institute has a student population of 53,481 out of which over 13,000 are international students. A number of degrees across eight faculties are offered by the University of New South Wales. The applications are invited in the fall and spring semesters for international applicants. 

  • International undergraduate applicants can apply online through UAC Portal
  • GPA score requirements are course as well as country-specific. 
  • MBA applicants are required to provide GMAT scores for admissions
  • Conditional admissions are offered to applicants unable to fulfill ELP requirements
  • Median starting salary of a UNSW graduate is over 55,000 AUD
  • Median starting salary of a UNSW postgraduate is 83,000 AUD


Admission Requirements for International StudentsOnline Application Portal
Application fee(nonrefundable)125 Australian Dollars
Employment Rate (UG)94.3%
Employment Rate (PG)89.4%
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic calendarFall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Work ExperienceRequired for postgraduate studies
Financial AidScholarships available

University of New South Wales Deadlines

International applicants who wish to study in Australia must apply for UG and PG programs by the following deadlines to get admission into various programs of UNSW. 

UG admissions Round- 1July 27, 2020
UG admissions Round-2August 6, 2020
PG admissions for 2020August 21, 2020

The number of applications processed is huge so there are two portals current applications and future applications with a specific deadline which can be found out by the above link.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International students who don’t have English as their native language need to qualify certain Standard English tests mentioned below with minimum scores as mentioned.

Academic CourseTOEFL-iBTTOEFL-PBTPearson Test of English (PTE)IELTS
All programs except the ones mentioned below79 (min 21 in writing, 12 in reading, 11 in listening, 17 in speaking)50050 (min 42 in each subtest)6.0 (min 5.5 in each subtest)
Law (UG & PG) Business (UG, PG) and graduate certificate in Myopia Management & arts & social sciences postgraduate and Medicine (UG)90 (min 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening, and speaking)577 overall (min 5.0 in TWE)58 overall (min 50 in each subtest)6.5 (min 5.5 in each subtest)
All Business and Law (PG research)90 overall (min 24 in writing, 22 in reading, listening, and speaking)577 overall (min 5.0 in TWE)58 overall (min 58 in writing and 50 in each subtest)6.5 overall (min 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in each subtest)

English Language Waivers

  • Directly relevant experience for 2 years
  • Completion of 1-year, study at a university/college where medium of study and assessment is English.
  • Residency in n English speaking country for 5 or more years
  • GMAT score of minimum 550

Conditional Requirements: Applicants are offered conditional admission, if they are unable to fulfill ELP requirements. The admissions are confirmed only when ELP scores are submitted. 

Note: English waiver is not available for Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education and Master of Psychology (including clinical, forensic & Organizational) including combined Ph.D./Master courses.

Visa Process for International Students

There is a different set of requirements for obtaining an Australian visa for students under 18. Whereas the college also has certain conditions and a set procedure to provide a visa which is as follows.

  • To avail visa students must complete the studies within the time frame set out in their electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
    • CoE contains the details regarding the allotted courses and credit.
  • Apply online for a visa at VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online).
  • Enrolled in 24 units of credit per semester.
  • Under the regulations of Australian policymakers, any student on an International visa is only allowed to work for 40 hours per fortnight.
  • If the applicant fails to meet any of the visa conditions the visa may be canceled.
  • The student must consult the student development International for any kind of assistance.

University of New South Wales Admissions

The university offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs across eight major study areas: Art & Design, Art & Social Sciences, Built Environment, Business School, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. The admission process for international applicants is detailed below. 

Where to Apply


International applicants are required to submit their online applications through University Admission Center, if:

  • Australian year 12 qualification is completed in Australia or overseas. 
  • International Baccalaureate completed in Australia or overseas.


If an applicant does not lie in the above mentioned case, they are required to apply through UNSW Admissions Portal

Application Fee: 125 AUD

UG Admission Requirements

  • Official Transcripts
  • English language requirements
  • GPA requirements
    • These are course and country specific. For details, click here

PG Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • GMAT Score (MBA)- 550
  • ELP scores for international applicants
    • IELTS: 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in each band. 

The admissions decisions are made on a holistic basis. Applicants can track their applications online through UNSW App tracking. Conditional admissions are offered to international applicants, but admissions are confirmed only when ELP score requirements are fulfilled. International applicants must fulfill GPA requirements. 


Ques. I am an international student, is it necessary for me to provide my IELTS result?

Ans. All international applicants interested in studying at the University of New South Wales have to meet with their English language requirements. In order to get your application assessed, satisfactory proof needs to be provided by the deadline.

Ques. Does UNSW provide any scholarships?

Ans. Applicants can apply for scholarships provided by the University of New South Wales at the time of completing their application. Postgraduate research scholarships are assessed throughout the year in three rounds.

Ques. How long does the University of New South Wales take to release admission outcomes?

Ans. Once you have completed the application and submitted all the required documents, it takes about 8 weeks for the admission office to assess your application. Applicants who have also applied for scholarships along with admission applications are outlined in the Key Dates section of the official website.

Ques. How can I submit my documents?

Ans. All documents need to be scanned and uploaded at the time of applying for admission, so it is recommended to prepare these documents beforehand. All the documents must be in English or translated. Once the admission has been granted, verification of these documents will take place and the candidate will need to provide the original document.

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