Within walking distance of stunning Coogee Beach and home to Australia’s oldest study abroad program, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers students an impressive array of courses to choose from. Known for its commitment to innovation and research, UNSW is a leading university not only in Australia but around the world for science, technology and more. Along with enjoying the campus’ convenient location close to both the city center and the beach, UNSW students have guaranteed living arrangements in our Sydney off-campus, high quality housing as well as the option to reside in our beachside housing, literally steps away from the shore.


Study at this innovative Australian university ranked in the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016)

Live in Sydney, the largest and oldest city in Australia, with its magnificent coastline and ideal climate

Gain hands on experience with an optional internship in the fields of communications/media and business

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience living in the local community in our high-quality, ideally located, off-campus apartments, off-campus in beachside apartments or in on-campus housing

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Sydney-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Take three courses instead of four to receive discounted tuition. (Three courses is equivalent to 9 – 12 U.S. credits depending on your home university’s credit transfer policy.)

Program Details


TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Students attending the University of New South Wales have numerous options. Live in high quality apartments seven minutes by bus from the famous Bondi Beach, ten minutes by subway to Sydney’s downtown, 25 minutes by bus to UNSW, and within a short walking distance to all necessary services. Alternatively TEAN UNSW students also have the option to either live in quality apartments on Coogee Beach, a short bus ride to campus, or on-campus housing with local and international students.

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TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social or cultural issues that you may face during your time abroad.


The University of New South Wales is a traditional campus, located in the suburb of Kensington near the coast and less than five miles from Sydney’s Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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About The University of New South Wales

  • Established in 1949, UNSW has maintained an academic emphasis in the scientific, technological and professional disciplines from the very beginning boasting the top ranked Engineering school in the country, while also growing into a comprehensive university it is today.
  • Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, and fifth in Australia by the QS World University Rankings, UNSW also has 18 subject areas ranked in the world’s top 50 subjects – with Accounting and Finance ranked 12th in the world – based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.
  • The university has produced more technology entrepreneurs in the past 15 years and more of Australia’s tops CEOs leading ASX100 companies studied at UNSW than any other Australian university. UNSW also has more millionaire alumni than any other university.
  • Concentrating on innovation, technology and creativity, UNSW not only supports students’ learning and practical experience, but produces important research and knowledge that helps inform policy and tackling the world’s current critical issues from climate change to cutting edge medical treatments.                            
  • With an enrollment of more than 50,000, including international students from more than 128 countries, the University of New South Wales provides a cosmopolitan experience.
  • Students may choose to participate in an internship program for credit which helps expose you to real life professional experiences in Marketing, Political Science, Social Science and Policy, Media Studies, Banking and Finance, Criminal Justice and Biological/Environmental Sciences.
  • Located in Kensington, a suburb of Sydney, UNSW’s main campus lies within a few miles of popular oceanside communities like Coogee Beach. Students enjoy its modern setting coupled with easy access to a multitude of nearby seaside suburbs and acres of parklands providing the perfect combination of urban living with Australia’s stunning natural environment. While situated close to the stunning coastline, UNSW is less than five miles from Sydney’s Central Business District and less than 30 minutes from the iconic Sydney Harbor.



Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructionsStudents enroll in 4 subjects per semester (24 UNSW credits), which usually transfers as 15 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of New South Wales are divided into eight academic divisions: Art and Design; Arts and Social SCiences; Built Environment; Business; Engineering; Law; Medicine and Science.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Aerospace
  • Engineering, Biomedical
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Industrial
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Metallurgical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Engineering, Nano
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Food Science
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Medical Technology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Public Health
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Modern Greek Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Studies
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design


Optional Internship

TEAN students have the opportunity to enrol in an internship in the media or business sectors for two full days per week. Offered as a six credit course (3-4 US credits), assessment will be based on workplace performance, a journal, a final research project and an exit report.  



  • 3.0 GPA. Students with a slightly lower GPA should contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
  • Second semester Freshmen may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Sydney-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Sydney. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.


In Australia, each state has a sport that dominates. In New South Wales, rugby league is the dominant sport. We join the local crowds to see a game and your local TEAN staff provide an explanation of the rules.

Sydney Opera House Performance

While tourists stand around outside taking photos, the locals are inside the Opera House seeing some of the best theater, opera, dance or musical performances in the world. We join the locals at one of the many performance spaces inside the Sydney Opera House to experience the wonderful arts scene of Australia.


Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.

Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.  

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 18
Fall Deadline May 15

Spring 2018

Date of Departure Feb 12
TEAN Orientation Feb 14 Feb 18
University Orientation  Feb 19 Feb 23
Classes Begin  Feb 26
Semester Break Mar 30 April 8
Classes End  June 1
Study Period  June 2 June 7
Exam Period  June 8 June 25
Program Ends  June 26

Fall 2017

Date of Departure July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 16
Housing Move-In July 16
University Orientation  July 19 July 21
Classes Begin  July 24
Semester Break Sept 23 Oct 2
Classes End  Oct 27
Study Period  Oct 28 Nov 2
Exam Period  Nov 3 Nov 20
Program Ends  Nov 21

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Tuition and services: $16,875
  • Housing (on/off campus): $4,940 – $10,400

Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $2,450 – pending approval from their home university.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus housing (on-campus housing also an option in some cases)
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries 
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Sydney Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.


In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, the University of New South Wales provides an additional two AU$2,500 scholarships and five AU$1,000 scholarships for the Fall semester. Any TEAN UNSW students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for these university specific scholarships.

Live on-campus, in the city or by the beach

TEAN provides a wide range of housing styles to suit different budget, location and lifestyle preferences for students to make the most of studying abroad in Sydney. Learn more about the housing options available for your program and how to choose the living situation that is the best match for you.

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TEAN Sydney Housing
"My favorite part about the city housing was its location. Living just blocks from central station was incredible as it gave me access to all of Sydney. It was close to many malls, shops, and coffee shops where I was able to meet local uni students."
April Harrington, Villanova University

We Love Sydney

John Yocum

Manager of Enrollment

Sydney Tip
Cheap Eats

Food courts in Australia are probably not what you are used to from back home – here you can get some really fresh, delicious options for dinner and lunch. Check out Sussex Centre food court in Chinatown and Level 5 at Westfield in the CBD to start.


What journey have you taken to arrive at your current role and working for TEAN?
An indirect one! It took me a while to find a field that interested me. Ultimately it was my passion for travel, restless nature, and a bit of luck that lead me to TEAN. After several years leading our Internship Programs, earning my Masters in Business Administration, learning our company’s processes and coming to know the team that I took on the role of Manager of Enrollment.

You work closely with the program team from our Chicago office, what makes this team unique?
The specialized knowledge base. I came from a different industry so was not aware that there were people who valued international education and travel so highly. All of the people that I work with are very well traveled, passionate, motivated, and most importantly, experts in the regions in which they manage programs.

For those who haven’t been to the TEAN Chicago office before, how would you describe the environment and setup?
This is the most difficult question, because you really just need to visit in-person to get a good feel for it. I would describe it as “An ideal place for international education enthusiasts to; collaborate, have fun, work hard, cook great lunches, relax in beanbags, participate in meetings on exercise work bikes, play tug of war with the office dog, and change lives.”

Why would you encourage a student to pursue an internship abroad?
An internship was once a point of differentiation. Nowadays, it has become an expectation. An international internship will truly stand out, especially if properly reflected upon so you can convey your experience to future employers. Equally important is an expanded network, personal and professional growth. An internship abroad will give you a greater sense of what it means to be a global citizen.

What have been some highlights or favorite moments from your travels?
Number one highlight is my first international flight, which happened to be 29 hours of travel to Perth, Australia (believe it or not). It got old about half way through but the anticipation and excitement was very memorable.

Jenn Read

Resident Director - NSW

Sydney Tip<
Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House isn’t just for opera. You’d be surprised at the variety of shows and talks they host there. Subscribe to the opera house’s newsletter so you can be in the know about upcoming events and ticket releases.


What first brought you to Australia?
During my junior year of college I decided I would do a teaching internship abroad in Australia. It turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of my life. My placement was at a public primary school which happened to be the first school established in Sydney in 1869. I stayed for the entire year working on tasks that included lesson plan development, art and physical education activities, speech therapy, presentations, assembly material and more. Observing and discovering Australia’s different approaches to teaching made me realize the importance of helping students discover their individual talents and learning styles without putting too much emphasis or attention on standardized testing results. Upon my return to the U.S., I finished my degree in Education and Global Studies with the intent to explore education related career paths with more global involvement and perspective.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My absolute favorite part of my job is seeing or hearing stories about TEAN students who have stepped out of their comfort zones while abroad and are very pleased afterward that they did. There’s nothing like moments of self doubt followed by accomplishment and feeling proud of yourself for doing something new. Many of our students have numerous experiences like this while abroad and realize there’s no person or thing here to hold them back from some truly amazing opportunities. The Aussies often say “just have a go” and it’s an expression I’ve never taken lightly – I never regret trying new things!

What makes Sydney a great place to study or intern abroad?
Sydney is a big and diverse city boasting a wide range of lifestyles and multicultural groups. I love it because people from all over the world have decided to make it their home. It is a very accepting city and is always hosting the neatest events around town that support various groups. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is breathtaking and the Opera House is such a beautiful icon that I often find myself on its steps reflecting after a long week. It always leaves me in awe of how lucky I am to live in such a great city.

What was the transition like moving from Brisbane to Sydney?
Sydney has more than twice as many people living in it compared to Brisbane, so they are very different cities that offer completely different lifestyles. I lived in Brisbane for two years and loved its country-town feel (as any girl from Nashville would be able to appreciate). Brisbane is situated in an ideal spot in Queensland for exploring the beaches to both the north and south as well as its hidden hinterland. I miss its warm weather and continuous sunshine. The city itself was small so very easy to get acquainted with in a short amount of time, which can be ideal for study abroad students – you feel at home right away! The Brisbane River was one of my favorite things about ‘Brissy’ as it kept the entire city connected and made it quick to get around on speedy Citycat ferries. In Sydney, on the other hand, you seldom even have to leave the city to find adventure. It always has huge sporting events, concerts, art exhibitions, cultural festivals, markets and so much more. I love that it sees four seasons as opposed to Brisbane and has plenty of scenic hikes with views of the harbor around it.

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