UMD: A Globally Connected University
ENGR Exchange: University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Australia)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
University of New South Wales is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities. UNSW takes pride in the broad range and high quality of its teaching programs. Its teaching gains strength and currency from research activities and international nature. UNSW is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight research intensive universities in Australia and a member of the Universitas 21 international consortium, showcasing its strong regional and global engagement.
UNSW is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Its motto, Scientia Manu et Mente ("Knowledge by Hand and Mind") encapsulates the University's central philosophy of balancing the practical and the scholarly.
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 kilometres from the centre of Sydney.
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 3 kilometers from Sydney’s famous Coogee and Bondi beaches.
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 an ENGR 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
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- 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 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.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Sciences and Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering
- Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
- Surveying and Spatial Information Systems
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 an engineering course not listed in the SACD, please submit an engineering course evaluation request.
- If you are interested in taking a non-engineering 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||.66 UMD Credit|
|6 UNSW Credits||4 UMD Credits|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 4, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|UNSW Grade||UMD Grade|
Exchange students can choose to live on campus in one of the affiliated Colleges by competitive application, or off-campus. If you wish to live on campus, you should apply as soon as possible. For more information on housing options, you can visit UNSW's international student accommodation page, and the regular UNSW accommodation page.
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.
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!
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
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.
*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.