Apply to study at UWS


Prepare to apply

Are you an international student?

You are an international student if you are:
  • Not an Australian or New Zealand citizen.
  • Not an Australian permanent resident.

Explore your course options at UWS

You can begin searching for a complete list of courses available to international students by visiting the find a course page or checking the UWS International Fee Schedule list:

You can also find further information by downloading the 2014 International Undergraduate Prospectus (PDF, 6694.27 KB) (opens in a new window) or the 2014 International Postgraduate Prospectus (PDF, 6031.4 KB).(opens in a new window)

Once you have selected a course, use the UWS Course Search Engine (opens in a new window) to find out specific details about the course you want to apply to including academic entry requirements, course structures and subject descriptions.

Check the academic and English entry requirements

Admission to the University of Western Sydney is highly competitive and you must satisfy the Academic and English language requirements of the University.

If you do not meet the admission requirements for UWS, you have the opportunity to prepare for university study at UWSCollege.(opens in a new window)

Understand your financial requirements

To apply to UWS, you must have access to funds to cover yourself and any family members travelling with you for the duration of your stay in Australia for tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), student services amenities fees, school costs for any school-aged dependents and travel costs.

Check the information on the fees and costs page for more details.

Further information can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB) website.(opens in a new window)

Find out about your campus of study

UWS is a multi-campus university. Campuses are spread throughout the Greater West region of Sydney and some UWS courses are offered on more than one campus.

Prior to making your application to UWS, please ensure you understand the location, services and facilities of the campus you are applying to. For more information, visit the our campuses page.

Need help?

If you any further questions about studying at UWS, you may seek further assistance via the UWS Course Information Centre or a UWS International Education Agent.

How to apply

I am an international student applying to study a full degree at UWS

International students must apply direct to the University of Western Sydney.

Apply early!

As a guide you should apply by 15th November for courses commencing in the Autumn Session (February/March) and by 15th May for courses commencing in the Spring Session (July/August).

Download and complete either:

Applicants from Vietnam

If you are a Vietnamese applicant, you will need to submit your application via an authorised UWS agent.

Applicants applying through IDP

Please ensure to complete the Student Declaration form (PDF, 162.01 KB) (opens in a new window) when applying.

Before you submit your application

  • Ensure you clearly state the course code, course name, specialisation (if applicable) and your preferred choice of campus if options are available.
  • Attach certified copies of all documents that are requested. For all previous secondary and tertiary studies you must supply official records showing all subjects attempted, grades achieved (including failures) and an explanation of the grading system. Degree or diploma certificates do not constitute official records.
  • Sign and date the declaration on the last page of the form. If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide an officially certified translation of each document, together with certified copies of the original documents.

Please note that UWS does not return any original or certified copies of the documents submitted with the application.

Submitting your application

  • Send all completed forms and certified documents by direct post to:

UWS International Admissions
University of Western Sydney
Building ES, Parramatta Campus
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751 Australia

I am an international student sitting the Australia HSC or IB

If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2014:
  • An Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia.
  • An International Baccalaureate in Australia.
  • A New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.
You can lodge your application online at UAC International.(opens in a new window)

I am an international student applying to study one or two semesters at UWS as a Study Abroad or Exchange student

Students applying for Study Abroad and Exchange programs (non-award one or two semester of study) need to follow the steps on the Study Abroad at UWS website.

For more information, visit the how to apply page.

After you apply

Receive your assessment outcome

If your application to UWS is successful we will send you an Offer of Admission (or Conditional Offer). This will:

An offer letter from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window) may be issued to international students if an application has been made via UAC International. The information above will also be outlined in your UAC offer.

Once you have received an offer of admission from UWS or UAC, you can proceed to accept your offer.

If you do not meet the UWS entry requirements, UWS will advise you by letter if your application is unsuccessful. If you do not meet UWS entry requirements your application will be automatically assessed for pathway programs offered by UWSCollege.(opens in a new window)

Understand your offer

Your offer to UWS may be a:

  • Offer of Admission.
  • Conditional Offer of Admission.
  • Packaged Offer with UWS and UWSCollege.

To ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions of your offer, find out more information by visiting the about your offer page.

Accept your offer

To accept your offer, follow the steps outlined on the accept your offer page.

Prior to accepting your offer, please carefully read the:

Pay your fees

Information about fees payable to UWS will be outlined in your UWS Offer of Admission letter.

Your fees can be paid in one of the following ways:

  • International Telegraphic Transfer via Western Union Business Solutions.
  • Credit Card via UWS iPay.

For more information, visit the pay your fees page.

Apply for your student visa

You must obtain a student visa before you come to study in Australia.

Once the forms and payment have been received, UWS will issue you an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). This confirms your acceptance to the course at UWS and you are now able to go ahead and use the eCoE to process your student visa at the Australian Embassy/Diplomatic Post stated on your eCoE.

With the Australian Government's recent review of the student visa program, UWS has been approved as an 'eligible university' for participation in the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangement.

For more information, visit the obtain a student visa page.

Plan your arrival

After you have accepted your offer to UWS you can start preparing your arrival to UWS.

For more information, visit the prepare to arrive page.

Prepare to enrol

MyStudentRecords (MySR) is the UWS online student records system. With MySR you can enrol online anytime (during the enrolment period) from anywhere.

If you have full Offer of Admission, you need to enrol online via MySR.

If you have a Conditional Offer of Admission, you need to satisfy all English and Academic requirements before enrolling online via MySR. You cannot enrol unless you have met all terms of conditions as stated in your offer.

For more information, visit the steps to enrol for international students page.

Important information for applicants from:

Nepal and Pakistan

UWS is currently reviewing its admissions processes for international student applications.

Until this review is complete, UWS is not accepting applications from Nepal and Pakistan.

This step has not been taken lightly, however UWS believes that this is necessary to ensure the integrity of the application process. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to to help get your Australian education plans back on track very soon.

If you have questions, please contact UWS International Admissions at uwsiadmissions@uws.edu.au

India (applying to a TAFE NSW Diploma-to-Degree (D2D) only)

UWS is currently reviewing its admissions processes for international student applications received for the TAFE NSW Diploma-to-Degree (D2D).

Until this review is complete, UWS is not accepting applications from India for applicants wishing to undertake a TAFE NSW D2D program packaged with a UWS course.

This step has not been taken lightly, however UWS believes that this is necessary to ensure the integrity of the application process.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to help get your Australian education plans back on track very soon.

If you have questions, please contact UWS International Admissions at uwsiadmissions@uws.edu.au