UMD: A Globally Connected University

BMGT Exchange: University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Australia)

Sydney, Australia
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Rachel McCloud
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University of New South Wales


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities.  Established in 1949, UNSW is home to over 52,000 students and provides students with access to first class facilities, excellent lecturers, and a fantastic university and student services support.  The University is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8), which is a coalition of leading Australian universities that are research intensive and have comprehensive general and professional education programs, now with more than 300 undergraduate programs.  UNSW is also a member of the Universitas 21, the leading global network of research intensive universities working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning and student mobility.  UNSW's main Kensington campus features award winning architecture, natural surroundings and exceptional sport and recreational facilities, including an Olympic sized indoor pool, courts, ovals, bars, food courts and medical clinic.

Host City
UNSW is located in Sydney, Australia.  Sydney, the most famous city in Australia, offers a cosmopolitan city center, vibrant cultural activities and attractions, sparkling beaches, and dramatic national parks. UNSW's main Kensington campus is located 15 minutes from the Central Business District and about 2 kilometers from Sydney’s famous Coogee and Bondi beaches.

Universitas 21
The University of New South Wales and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
As an exchange student, you are required to obtain a student visa for Australia before you leave the US:

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


There are a wide variety of disciplines available for study at UNSW.  Students can take classes in business, engineering, sciences, arts & humanities, and social sciences.  There are some course restrictions at UNSW.  Students cannot take courses from the Faculty of Medicine, and courses beginning with the codes GLST, INST, MDCM, MDIA, EDST, Zxxx, MARK6xxx, GBAT and JURD (though Juris Doctor students can take JURD courses), online courses, PG psychology, dance & music courses, and any courses that are part of an honors program are restricted.

The UNSW timetable lists all course codes and course names. Students can check semester availability of courses based on the current academic year.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at UNSW will be converted as follows:

UNSW Credit UMD Credit
1 UNSW Credit 0.66 UMD Credit
6 UNSW Credits 4 UMD Credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 5, 2014.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

UNSW Grade UMD Grade
50/P C - 


All exchange students are guaranteed a place on-campus housing at one of the UNSW residential colleges provided they meet the conditions of the guarantee. There are several options in both catered (meals provided) and self-catered residences.  More information is available on the UNSW website: Students who do not wish to live in one of the on-campus residential colleges can find independent housing off campus. There are shared housing close to campus in the beachside suburbs of Coogee, Randwick, Kensington, and Bondi. Independent housing close to UNSW can take a few days to arrange, particularly in January and February and we recommend arriving 2-3 weeks before classes start to allow time to look for suitable accommodation. International Student Housing Assistance (ISHA) at UNSW offers assistance to find suitable off-accommodation to new international students at the start of each semester. ISHA lists a variety of properties varying in price, security, quality and proximity to campus and these can be accessed at the SDI office. During this period there is also a service available to drive new students around to inspect properties. See

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
UNSW offers over 300 clubs ranging a broad span of topics. Whatever your interests are, there’s a club for you!

International Welcome/Orientation
UNSW hosts a mandatory orientation program for all students before the start of the term. In addition to this program, UNSW will arrange for you to be picked up from the airport so that you will quickly feel oriented, safe, and connected.

Counseling & Health Services
Counseling & Health Services The UNSW Health Service offers both medical and mental health services to students.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*
Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022 01/09/2023 05/11/2023
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023