Discover more about your flexible learning options during COVID-19.
We’re excited to be able to offer the fully immersive university pathway experience once again, by welcoming students back on campus to live and study in Sydney. We also have flexible options available for students who are still impacted by COVID-19.
Students like you bring such vibrancy to the UNSW Global campus, with rich culture, insight and enthusiasm that benefits the wider Sydney community. Exemptions to travel are no longer required for fully vaccinated international students with eligible visas.
Face-to-face classes have now resumed and the energy on campus has been revitalising for the members of our global community, who have been learning and teaching online over the past year. We would love to see all international students arriving in Sydney for face-to-face learning by July 2022.
Our priority for the safety of both students and staff remains paramount, so we will be continuing to operate with COVID-19 health and safety measures in all that we do and as we navigate 2022.
For those of you who cannot return to campus, we have flexible options available. Online learning will continue if you are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances beyond your control. These circumstances include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or other logistics that may impede travel.
Please contact our Student Support Team if you are unsure if you can or unable to travel to Sydney.
Fully vaccinated international students with eligible visas can now travel to Sydney without having to apply for an exemption. Upon arrival in Sydney, all fully vaccinated international travellers must do a COVID-19 rapid antigen test approved in Australia within 24 hours after arriving in NSW. You must self-isolate until you receive a negative result from your test. A follow up rapid antigen test is required on or after six days of arriving in NSW.
It is important to submit your application to UNSW Global, accept your offer and enrol as soon as possible. Once you have enrolled, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for your student visa application. Visa application processing times vary and when you can jump on a plane will be dependent on receiving your visa first, so we recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as you can.
If you cannot arrive in Sydney by the beginning of your program, don’t worry, you can start online until you can join us on campus.
We encourage you to focus on your application to UNSW Global, accept your offer and enrol as soon as possible to begin your student visa application process. Your student visa is essential for travel to Australia.
Before you travel, you must ensure that you meet the requirements for entry to Sydney.
Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). You are considered fully vaccinated from five days following your second vaccination. Click here to see list of approved vaccines.
Hold a valid student visa
Provide proof of your vaccination status
Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 24 hours of departure. Please note upon arrival to Sydney, Australia there will be additional PCR tests you will need to take as a requirement. Read more.
The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website provides a detailed checklist for preparing to travel to Australia.
Book your Sydney accommodation before you travel. Contact us for accommodation advice.
Register for your face-to-face classes on campus before you travel.
All students under 18 years old must contact us for visa and accommodation approvals before they travel.
For more pre-departure and arrival information, visit the Study NSW website. Remember, you must have a valid visa before travelling, so submit your visa application as soon as possible.
With international borders now open, and all NSW universities and schools also open, our teaching and learning is increasingly being delivered face-to-face. More classes will be scheduled for face-to-face delivery as the year continues with 100 per cent face-to-face classes available by July. However, to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse, international student population, recordings of lectures, tutorials and labs, as well as assessments will be available online.
For anyone who can’t be on campus at the beginning of their program, we will make provisions for online learning to be available however we do encourage all students to try to arrive in Sydney by July 2022 for their on-campus experience.
Read more information and travel requirements.
We will keep you informed on announcements for international students by the Australian Government. We recommend you also bookmark the Study Australia website for the latest travel advice.
We strongly recommend you start your studies online so you can stay on track with your goals and get prepared for travelling to Sydney.
Yes. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination with a TGA-approved vaccine. The current list of approved or recognised vaccines include:
AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India (COVISHIELD)
Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)
You can present a vaccination certificate in a format that meets the following:
Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
Containing at a minimum:
name as it appears in the traveller’s passport
either date of birth or passport number
the vaccine brand name, and
the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.
Information on vaccination certificates is available on the Australian Passport Office website.
Fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney will be required to get a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result. They will no longer be required to self-isolate for the full 72 hours. For up-to-date pre-departure and arrival information, visit the Study NSW website.
Yes. We encourage you to apply for your student visa as soon as possible to ensure you are ready when it’s time to travel.
After you have accepted your offer and paid your required tuition fees, UNSW Global will issue you with the relevant CoE that you need to apply for your student visa.
After July 2022, online learning will continue for students who are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances that are beyond their control. These circumstances include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or logistics that may impede travel.
Please contact Student Support if you are unsure or unable to travel to Sydney.
If you are an existing student, please try to plan your travel to Sydney as soon as possible and register for face-to-face classes.
If a student is not on campus, then laboratory and practical sessions such as design studios will be presented as virtual sessions. Exams will be conducted online.
If you are unable to travel to Sydney to join face-to-face classes, you can continue to study online. Teachers may change as you move from one term to the next or based on a new timetable.
After July 2022, online learning will continue for students who are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances that are beyond their control. These circumstances only include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or logistics that may impede travel.
Please contact Student Support if you are unsure or unable to travel to Sydney.
Whilst we continue the transition to 100% face-to-face, on-campus learning, we will also continue to offer online learning and support to any international students who cannot travel to Sydney in the coming months. Those students will continue to have a dedicated online timetable and will be expected to meet our 90% + overall attendance requirement. Lectures, classes, tutorials, labs, exams and assessments will continue to be offered online and will be recorded where appropriate.
If you are under 18 without a parent or a guardian in Sydney, there are additional, Under 18 care arrangements relating to your application, accommodation and visa requirements you need to meet before you can travel to Sydney.
If you travel to Australia, without receiving written approval from UNSW Global your CAAW will be cancelled, and this may result in the cancellation of your student visa. Can UNSW Global help me with accommodation and travel arrangements? If you have any questions or need advice or support making your student accommodation and travel arrangements, please .