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Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 semesters
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  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 3.0 GPA cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Second Semester Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

The University of New South Wales is one of the top research institutions in Australia. The Kensington (main) campus is situated on 85 acres of land and is located 5 km (15 minute bus ride) from Sydney's central business district. UNSW is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research powerhouse, offering study abroad and exchange students a learning experience packed with academic programs, student activities and educational services.  The University combines academics recognized as world-leaders in their fields, with modern facilities, rigorous education standards and a diverse community. 


Academic Year: early August - mid May
Fall: early August - mid December
Spring: early January - mid May

The UNSW Academic Calendar is referred to as UNSW3+. UNSW3+ consists of three terms of 10 teaching weeks (excluding orientation, public holidays and exams), and a five-week intensive summer (southern hemisphere) term in January and a five-week intensive winter (southern hemisphere) term in August. Students can take three courses in each term and 1 course in the intensive terms. The UNSW new academic calendar is as follows:

  • January Intensive Term: Early January – mid February
  • Term 1: Mid February – mid May
  • Term 2: Early June – late August
  • August Intensive Term: early August - mid September
  • Term 3: Mid September – mid December

Study abroad options for Penn State Students:

  • Penn State Spring Semester: January Intensive Term + Term 1 for a total of 4 courses
  • Penn State Fall Semester: August Intensive Term + Term 3 for a total of 4 courses
  • Penn State Academic Year: Term 1 (3 courses) + Term 2 (2 courses) + Term 3 (3 courses) or Term 3 (3 courses) + Term 1 (3 courses) + Term 2 (2 courses)

Students studying at UNSW for one semester are not permitted to study at UNSW for a single term. Term 1 must be combined with the January Intensive Term and Term 3 must be combined with the August Intensive Term. 

Refer to the UNSW Academic Calendar for the specific dates, if available. 

Program Note

This program may have limited space, so we recommend that you identify an appropriate backup program and complete the Education Abroad Backup Questionnaire in your Penn State Application when applying to this program.  Should you not be accepted for your first-choice program, you will automatically be reviewed for your backup choice. For help on choosing an appropriate backup, please contact your education abroad adviser.


Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales. It is located on the south-east coast of Australia, in the temperate zone, which gives it a mild climate year round. It is also the largest (and oldest) city in Australia. First established by the British as a convict settlement in 1788, it has developed into a major industrial, business, and manufacturing center. It is also a cosmopolitan city that offers a wealth of entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing. Sydney has sprawling suburbs that reach out from the city-center about 35 miles north, 21 miles west and 19 miles south. Its harbor is one of the largest in the world, and is famous for the unmistakable arch of the Harbour Bridge and the sails of the Opera House. UNSW Sydney offers students the best of both worlds — world-class beaches and stunning parklands within a vibrant, cosmopolitan harbour-side city. Ideally positioned as the gateway to the Asia Pacific, Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australian city, fostering an energetic business community and numerous opportunities for students’ academic and professional development.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.


Available Fields of Study

Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Graphic Design, History, International Business,Internship, Japanese, Journalism, Kinesiology, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Telecommunications, Theatre, Visual Arts

Course Listings

To find courses at UNSW, follow the instructions on the UNSW Student Handbook.

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the UNSW Student Handbook and the courses offered during the intensive terms before choosing a program.

Academic Policies

  • You can take what UNSW considers to be a full-time load which is 6 units (4 Penn State credits), or 1 course, during the January or August Intensive Terms, and 18 Units (12 Penn State credits), or 3 courses, during Term 1 or Term 3. You can take min 12 credits or maximum 16 credits.
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with your host program


UNSW offers a set of research projects for Study Abroad and Exchange Students. This program is open to high-achieving students who are considering postgraduate research in the future or wish to experience research during their undergraduate program. These projects allow students to gain valuable research experience while being supervised by an academic staff member. These research projects are worth 6 Units of Credit (4 Penn State credits) or 12 Units of Credit (8 Penn State credits). Students will perform Research Assistant duties for 105 hours and 45 hours writing a reflection of their experience, per 6UOC. Students must meet the prerequisites for the individual research project in which they are applying. More information about the available research projects can be found on the UNSW Study Abroad and Exchange Research Project website.


UNSW offers two internship courses: Business Internship (FINS3201) and Media Internship (MDIA3007). Penn State students may only enroll in the Business Internship (FINS3201). Students can not receive credit at Penn State for the MDIA3007 internship course. Please be advised that FINS3201 is a fee-paying course and requires an additional fee of approximately $3,400 AUD. As part of the placement, students will be asked to intern 2 full days per week for a 10-week period (approximately 140 hours) and will therefore need to organize their class schedule during Term 1 and Term 3 to accommodate the placement. The FINS3201 is worth 6 units of academic credit (uoc) (i.e. equivalent to one course) at UNSW, so students take an internship course plus 2 other 6uoc courses to make up a full-time study load (18uoc) during Term 1 or Term 3. The internship is for academic credit it is not paid.Examples of past placement organizations include consulting companies, financial organizations, marketing agencies, higher education departments, tourism companies, and various charities or not-for-profit operations. More information about the internship can be found on the UNSW Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange website

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
 100-80% A
 79-75% A-
 74-72% B+
 71-68% B
 67-65% B-
 64-57% C+
 56-50% C
 49-40% D
 39-0% F
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
 6 Units of Credit (UoC) 4 credits

Instructions and Terminology

Instructions and Terminology
Australian Term United States Term
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Course Course
Course Outline Syllabus
August Intensive Term + Term 3 Fall Semester
January Intensive Term + Term 1 Spring Semester

Housing and Meals


On-campus Housing

UNSW offers a variety of on-campus accommodation options including catered colleges, self-catered university apartments or privately-run colleges on (or very close) to campus. On-campus accommodation is very limited and not guaranteed even if applied by the deadline.
  •  UNSW Accommodation includes very limited accommodation at the self-catered University Terraces, Barker Apartments, Mulwarree Apartments, and fully-catered Kensington Colleges. 
  • UNSW also has eight other affiliated Colleges and Apartments that provide high quality accommodation. 
Important note for yearlong students: If you are offered a place in student accommodation, your contract will be for the August Intensive Term + Term 3 only and you will need to re-apply for the January Intensive Term + Term 1 and unfortunately an offer is not guaranteed. 

Off-campus housing

If students are not offered a room on-campus, the student will be responsible for organizing their own housing in Sydney. UNSW will provide resources and advice on how to find housing in Sydney but it is the responsibility of the student to research their options and secure housing. Students not comfortable with organizing their own housing should consider other program options. 


Meals are not included in the program and will be organized by the student. 

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser


The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.


Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.


Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 


You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

This program can be competitive so students applying for the spring semester should apply by the May 1 priority deadline. Applications for spring semester will be accepted after May 1 only if space is still available on the program. 

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 03/11/2022 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed