The exchange and study abroad program at the Western Sydney University (WSU) provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of subjects in the greater metropolitan area of Sydney. UNCW students can study at any of WSU’s five campuses, although campus selection will depend largely on the types of courses to be taken.
The Surrounding Area
Western Sydney University offers students relative proximity to the many sights of downtown Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge and Darling Harbor, as well as Sydney area beaches. The Blue Mountains, which provide opportunities for hiking, camping and sightseeing, are only an hour’s drive west. Longer trips to Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania and New Zealand are also possible via train, plane or ferry.
Location.................................................... Parramatta, Australia
City Population.............................................................. 157,700
University Enrollment........................................................ 9,300
WSU has 4 other campuses in: Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, and Penrith
Western Sydney University offers students a comprehensive range of activities, events, programs and services both on and off campus, plus a variety of student groups, clubs and societies help create a vibrant campus culture. Depending on the campus, students may find themselves in a bustling metropolis with a rich historic background, a multicultural city that’s abundant with parks and nature reserves, or a more peaceful rural community with Colonial era buildings. Each environment provides students with unique social opportunities. In particular, the Parramatta commercial and retail center boasts one of the largest shopping centers in the southern hemisphere with everything that a student might need, while a popular restaurant strip provides cuisine from around the world.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington education abroad program with Western Sydney University will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include agriculture and horticulture, arts, business, creative and communication arts, engineering and information technology, forensics, health sciences, sports studies, policing and criminology, psychology, sciences, social sciences, tourism and hospitality. This program is approved by the Cameron School of Business for business students.
At WSU, classes are called units and majors are called courses. A typical course load is three or four units per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss WSU's unit offerings and credit transfer process.
Each of the WSU campuses offers accommodation options in the Western Sydney University Village. Located just across the street from the Parramatta main campus and a short bus ride from the business campus, the Village offers fully furnished, self-catered (no meal plan), shared apartments and studios. Western Sydney University staff will assist students with housing arrangements. Early accommodation applications are highly encouraged. Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in Australian dollars (AU$).
As with all Australian schools, Western Sydney follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is Australia's Spring term or Semester 2)
Late July to Late November
Spring Semester Dates (this is Australia's Fall term or Semester 1)
Mid-February to Late June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss your program budget and to determine which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.