How to apply

Your step-by-step guide to start studying at UNSW College.

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Once you have considered your options and know which program to apply for – along with checking the academic and English language entry requirements – you can follow the five steps below.

Please check the application and acceptance deadlines for your chosen program before you begin your application.

Step 1 – Prepare your documents

Before you begin, you will need certified copies of the following:

  • Academic qualifications (translated into English)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Proof of identity; this may take the form of one of the following documents:
    • Current passport with photo page (for students who are outside of Australia at the time of application)
    • Current passport and visa (for students who are already in Australia and/or who already have a current visa for Australia)
    • Birth certificate (only for students who were born in Australia and currently reside in Australia)

If you’re under 18 years old, you will need additional documents.

  • What Supporting Documents are required?
    • Certified copies of all academic qualifications (school, college, university).
    • Certified copy of English language proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent).
    • If the documents are not in English, include certified translations. Translations can only be made by an official translator registered with a government body (for example, NAATI - National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) or by those agents which have been designated as translators.
    • If you have changed your name since your document was issued, include official document as proof. 

    All documents must be clear and readable.


    What is a Certified Copy?
    • A certified copy is a photocopy of an unaltered original document signed by an authorised certifying officer to verify that it is a true copy that matches the original document exactly.


    • Certified documents must be original; photocopy of a certified copy is not acceptable. Certified documents can be accepted in hard copy by mail or by fax or email. However, all successful applicants must be prepared to bring their original documents with them to Australia and present them for examination when requested. If any fraudulent documents are discovered, appropriate action will be taken which will result in the withdrawal of an offer or the termination of an enrolment. Detailed checking of supporting documents in an inherent element of our admissions process and may involve contacting the original issuing authoring, or relevant tertiary admissions centre, education or other relevant organisations or individual, whether in Australia or overseas, to verify documents

    • Applicants from People’s Republic of China should provide original or certified copies of transcripts in both Chinese and English which must be the certified bound booklets issued by a Notary Public Office in both Chinese and English.


    Who can certify a document?
    • UNSW College Student Services office in Sydney
    • an authorised UNSW College representative/agent in Australia or overseas

    • the institution that originally issued the documents

    • a Justice of the Peace 

    • a Notary Public

    • an authorised officer of an Australian overseas diplomatic mission

    • a Principal or Headmaster of an Australian Secondary College, High School or Primary School

    How are documents certified?

    The authorised certifying officer must:

    • write on each page of the copies: “I certify this to be a true and unaltered copy of the original document as sighted by me”,

    • sign and print their name in full,

    • provide a contact telephone number and an address, 

    • state their profession or occupation,

    • if the certifying officer is a Justice of the Peace, he must also provide his Registration Number,

    • write on the copy the date certified, and

    • affix the official stamp or seal of the certifier’s organisation on the copy. 

    What should I do if I can not find  an authorised officer to certify my documents?

    You must have the original documents posted to us. Please note, however, UNSW College Student Services is not responsible for any loss or damage to the documents. UNSW College recommends students to contact one of our registered overseas representatives in their area if they require assistance in applying for the program. View the detailed agent list.

Step 2 – Apply online or via an Agent

When you are ready, head to apply now and complete your application. If you need help with this process, we are available to offer guidance and support. Please contact us.

If you are an international student you can apply via one our official agents.

Step 3 – Accept your offer

Once we approve your application, you will receive a Letter of Offer with instructions on how to accept your offer and pay your deposit or fees.

Step 4 – Apply for your visa

If you are going to study in Sydney, you will need to apply for a visa. To do that, you will need an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which you will receive after you have completed Step 3.

Visit the Australian Government website for information on how to apply for a student visa.

Step 5 – Attend orientation and start your studies

You will receive information about your orientation session by email. It is compulsory to attend, whether you’re studying face-to-face or online, as it is a crucial step to your success with us. 

After Orientation Day, you are ready to begin your UNSW College program.

Future Student Team

Our Future Student Team is based in several locations across the world. They work in multiple time zones and speak many international languages. If you need help understanding what program you are eligible for, how to apply or how to accept your offer, reach out. One of our friendly team members can organise a one-on-one chat or put you in touch with an Education Representative in your local area.

Long Nguyen

Regional Manager
Mekong & Japan

Angie Tjai

Senior Regional Manager
Indonesia & South Korea

Yovan Leonardo

Future Student Coordinator

Elaine Tiong

Regional Manager
Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore & the Philippines

Irawati Jangam

Senior Regional Manager
South Asia & Middle East

Maranda Liu

Senior Regional Manager
Mainland China

Jo Zhang

Future Students Manager
Mainland China

Edward Xu

Regional Manager
Australia Onshore International

Tammy Gao

Future Students Officer
Mainland China

Charlette Zhao

Future Students Officer
Mainland China

Caroline Lin

Future Students Officer
Australia Onshore International

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