Sydney, Australia is a number one tourist destination for travelers around the world. For adventurers the warm weather, waves, and mountains are enticing. For English speakers the lack of a language barrier is appealing. Students at HPU you have the opportunity to experience these benefits of Australian culture and so much more. As an exchange student at UNSW you won’t be a tourist passing through, you’ll become a part of the culture.
Sydney is the largest city in Australia as well as its business capital. On campus, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources including high quality teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. UNSW has unrivalled connections with professionals in industry, government, and the community and is known for producing leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and award-winning innovators. You’ll enjoy sunny summers, mild winters, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere year round.
Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:
Location: Sydney, Australia (population: 4.3 million)
University enrollment: 54,500
*Please Note: The University of New South Wales currently is not accepting exchange applications.
Minimum application requirements: 3.5 GPA and Sophomore status.
Visa information: See the Visa Information: Australia page for detailed information.
Currently, the University offers undergraduate programs in:
To view the full list of courses available please visit the module catalog.
For more information visit the UNSW website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
UNSW offers several award-winning housing options to exchange students from HPU including a choice between full-board catered, partial-board catered, or self-catered on-campus accommodation. There are co-ed, female, and male dorm options. You will also have the option of staying with a host family.
Unfortunately, housing is not guaranteed at UNSW. Students accepted to UNSW will want to apply early and may find that applying to multiple options will yield the greatest chance of securing campus accommodations. Students unable to secure campus accommodations will need to secure off campus accommodations. More information will be provided by UNSW in this situation.
If you want everything taken care of, then the Kensington Colleges may be the way to go. This is the most structured accommodation option available and includes all meals, academic support, pastoral care, live-in staff, and an organized social and sporting program. This option is ideal for students looking to fully immerse themselves in the UNSW campus environment, as it is a fraternity-kin housing option where residents rally together to participate in campus activities and intramural-style sports taking place throughout the week and on many of the weekends–truly a way to become a UNSW student, make lasting friendships, and experience first-hand Australian culture! UNSW has several residential colleges, each with their own unique qualities: Basser College, Philip Baxter College, and Goldstein College.
Pros: You have more time to focus on studying as you live on campus and everything is provided. Additionally you have access to a support network and social interactions with other college residents.
Cons: As everything is included, the cost of a residential college can be higher than other options. If you prefer greater independence and less structure then other options may be more suitable.
For those who desire independent living but still want to live on campus, UNSW-owned apartments are ideal. They are operated by UNSW but do not include extras like food and pastoral support.
There are several UNSW apartments available either on or nearby the Kensington campus: University Terraces, Barker
Apartments, Mulwarree Apartments, and High St Apartments.
Pros: Living on campus makes your study life significantly easier and the apartments are full of other students to socialize with. Independent living gives you greater control over how you spend your time. If you have a partner or family, they can live with you in these apartments.
Cons: If you like your own space you will need a studio or 1 bedroom apartment and they are more expensive than sharing. If you choose to share you will need to learn to share bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces.
Colombo House is now available to provide international students with dormitory style living. Each room comes with an en-suite bathroom, king single bed, study desk and wardrobe.
Pros: This option provides your own private room, a quiet desk to focus on studying and large common rooms and kitchen.
Cons: In self-catering accommodation you are responsible for buying and preparing your own meals.
For students with partial or self-catered accommodations, there are a variety of food options available on and off campus. There also are several restaurants to choose from–some will be familiar (like Subway) and many will be new to you. Grocery stores are located within walking distance to residences.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
The University of New South Wales recommends students budget between AUD $9,000 and AUD $11,000 per term for living expenses (approximately USD $6,800 – USD $8,300) per term, although some off campus housing options will run much higher. Students also should budget for their flight, visa, textbooks, personal expenses, and independent travel.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
UNSW is a modern campus with many resources available in all courses of study. A “maker space” with the latest technology allows for hands-on learning and experimentation, and knowledgeable advisors aid budding entrepreneurs. You can utilize study areas both in and outdoors, as well as online academic support for writing and test prep.
International students are given support specific to their needs, including orientation events, airport pick-up, help from advisors, and even assistance with finding a phone.
The UNSW campus is equipped with banks, ATMs, retail stores, medical facilities, libraries, and fitness centers; but living in Sydney will give you plenty of reasons to explore off-campus neighborhoods and sites. Visit famous spots like Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, and Blue Mountains. Get a feel for the culture by visiting the Taronga Zoo, Sydney fish markets, or the Botanical Gardens. Take advantage of the many free outdoor activities as well. Then, when you’re ready to travel, the Sydney airport is located only 15 minutes away!