- Location and Housing
- Experiential Learning
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Spend a semester studying engineering in Australia, a country with diverse wildlife, endless beaches, growing international cities, and well-established engineering programs!
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 's Faculty of Engineering is the largest in Australia and offers the widest choice of engineering degree programs for students. It is consistently ranked as the number one engineering faculty in Australia and one of the top 50 in the world.
This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. UNSW and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information about the university, see the Global E3 UNSW page and the University of New South Wales website
Note: In 2019, UNSW Sydney transitions to a new academic calendar titled UNSW3+. Comprised of three terms plus a January term, UNSW3+ is designed to better align calendars with global partners, eliminating overlap with the Northern Hemisphere summer and creating new opportunities for students. Review the UNSW Global E3 site for details.
UNSW accepts students for Fall, Spring or Academic Year or Calendar Year
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Australia.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Study Abroad and Student Exchange
Mr. Sean Robertson
Tel: + (612) 9385 3179
Study Abroad and Exchange Office
Rm G30, West Wing, Goodsell Building
The University of New South Wales
SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA
UNSW is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research.
Established in 1949, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has over 50,000 students, including more than 14,000 international students from over 130 different countries. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometers from the center of Sydney.
The University of New South Wales offers multiple housing options. Please refer to the UNSW GE3 website for more information.
Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.
*Please note: Biomedical Engineering (BIOM) courses are extremely limited and not guaranteed to exchange students at the UNSW.
- School of Biomedical Engineering
- School of Chemical Engineering
- School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
- School of Computer Science & Engineering
- School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications
- School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
- School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering
- School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students to study abroad
- For the UNSW, students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
- Sophomore standing or higher
- All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office.
- Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
- Courses taken at UNSW will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
- Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.
For information about the grading scale at UNSW, please see the website.
Please request UNSW to provide the Engineering International Initiatives Office an official transcript. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
Items Billed by Pitt
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
Questions about Funding study abroad? Check out the Study Abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students- check it out on the PittFundSMe!
Pitt students enroll at UNSW for either a Fall, Spring, Academic Year, or Calendar Year. In 2019 UNSW Sydney transitions to a new academic calendar titled UNSW3+. Comprised of three terms plus a January term, UNSW3+ is designed to better align with the Northern Hemisphere summer and creating new opportunities students. Please see see the UNSW Global E3 site for details. UNSW’s calendar will differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Unlike Pitt, UNSW’s academic calendar follows a Spring-Fall progression, meaning Spring is the first semester followed by the Fall semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at UNSW. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to UNSW's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.)
Please contact Dr. Kristine Lalley for more information on Fall 2020 and Full Year 2020 openings for this program.
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students to study abroad.
- For the UNSW,students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
- Sophomore standing or higher
Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency.
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)