Study Abroad at The University of New South Wales with Arcadia University

The University of New South Wales
Preliminary Course Information


Course Load and Credits
Course Restrictions
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points


Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 22-24 units at UNSW. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
3 2
4 3
6 4
8 5
9 6

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Course Restrictions

Study Abroad students are not permitted to enroll in any courses with the "Z" prefix.

For those interested in the Acting course, successful applicants will only be accepted into the first year of the Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting).

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Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

From the UNSW website, www.handbook.unsw.edu.au:

  • Click on the link for 'Undergraduate Study'.
  • From this page, you can find courses using the Basic or Advanced Search options or viewing lists using the links refined by:
  • Programs (alphabetical order or by Faculty)
  • Courses (alphabetical order or by Subject Area)
  • Area of Interest
  • Each search tool will populate a full list of courses available.
  • From this list, click on the course title for more detailed information:
  • Brief Description of course
  • Link to Course Outline (Syllabus)
  • Link to Class Timetable (to determine if course is available in Spring= Semester 1 (T1) or Fall= Semester 2 (T2))

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Course Approval

UNSW will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email you UNSW's approved subjects, included in your official UNSW Offer Letter.

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Enrollment Process

After you receive your official UNSW Offer Letter listing your course approvals, you are requirement to submit a list of 6 APPROVED courses in order of preference to your Program Manager. UNSW will use this list to attempt to create your enrollment and timetable that will be emailed to you prior to your departure.

If you do not have at least 6 courses approved then you will need to submit additional courses for approval to your Program Manager.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Senior Coordinator of New South Wales during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither UNSW nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.

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Other Important Points

Additional course fees may be imposed by the University of New South Wales for enrollment in certain courses. Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, UNSW will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Because your work will be sent to UNSW, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.

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