UNSW Sydney is Australia’s global university. We have been at the forefront of clever ideas and ground-breaking discoveries since 1949. Our focus is on transforming these ideas and discoveries into activities that lead to social progress and economic prosperity. Our university attracts over 52,000 high-achieving students, including over 13,000 international students from more than 130 countries.

No longer young in years, we remain young in spirit, committed to pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented students for career success. 

Our study programs have been designed to match global career opportunities and prepare students for the workplace. That’s why Australia’s top employers prefer graduates from UNSW Australia over any other university and why we are ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

Our global alumni network

At UNSW, you will be joining a network of people united by a drive to create genuine, positive change. Our alumni community is over 250,000 strong with graduates working for some of the biggest and best companies in the world like Google, Penguin, Ernst & Young, PayPal, Rio Tinto, HSBC, NASA and Oxfam. We are partnered with over 200 universities and institutions in 35 countries. When you join UNSW, our network becomes your network.

Research for a better future

In research, we seek to change the world. We have one of the country’s largest research communities with over 4,300 researchers. We are an acknowledged world leader in photovoltaics, HIV/AIDS research and quantum computing, and we have an international reputation in many other fields.

Are you ready to be a world changer?

Culture of innovation

We believe innovation is a way of thinking and that everyone has the potential to change things, big or small, for the better. We recently launched the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre. The first for any Australian university, the MCIC is where students from all faculties can design, experiment and build their ideas with guidance from visionaries and corporate partners. The UNSW Innovations team is on hand to assist students turn their ideas into commercial reality through their 260 partnerships with commercial companies.

Connected globally

We are connected to over 200 partner universities in 39 countries. We are a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) in Australia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Universitas 21 (U21), and the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech) where we were the only Australian university selected to join. This network contributes to a steady flow of students, researchers and academics on campus, creating a truly global learning environment.

Studying at UNSW Australia is a truly global experience. The best minds from around the world come to our university to study, research and teach.

Campus life

Our campuses offer a village atmosphere ideal for studying and socializing. There are quiet spaces, open spaces, cafes, restaurants, bars, fitness and aquatic facilities, libraries and an IGA supermarket. Students can get involved and make new friends in one of our 250 student-led clubs and social societies.

Support for international students

We support our students in life, study and career preparation. We have a careers and employment office, a team that helps international students adapt to life in Sydney, peer and cultural mentors, we provide academic support, offer professional development programs and we host careers expos where students can meet and network with companies and prepare for career success.

Give yourself a truly global study experience.

We pride ourselves on the calibre of people at UNSW Australia, from internationally recognised academic leaders in their field to talented professionals and support staff. We are united in our goal to be a world leader in research, to provide excellence in education, to be socially engaged and to partner with organisations around the world to achieve a global impact.

Across all three of our campuses, there is a strong sense of community and inclusion. We genuinely value a work/life balance and see flexibility as an important part of supporting employees to achieve their best.

Due to our size, employees are able to build long and rewarding careers or change direction if they wish to. We offer salary packaging and sacrificing, generous leave provisions and up to 17% employer contributions. Our people can access professional development services and a range of benefits including onsite childcare, gym facilities and retail discounts.

Join one of Australia’s most innovative universities.

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Key statistics

  • 34%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 26.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 46 : 54
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 40,133
    Number of Students
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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