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Western Sydney University

Australia
Overview

Overview

Western Sydney University (Western) is a student-centred institution that ranks in the top two per cent of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). With a dynamic and diverse student community, the University is also feted for the high-quality of its teaching and research.

The University has received a five-star rating for teaching quality by QS World University Rankings, with students enjoying an enviable staff to student ratio, allowing for individualised attention that enhances the learning experience. Students have access to the latest facilities and resources and the University is committed to continual development and innovation, these qualities are reflected in five-star ratings for innovation and facilities (QS World University Rankings).

Western Sydney University graduates are workplace ready. The University's employability status has also been given a five-star rating by the QS World University Rankings. At Western students have the opportunity to undertake internships, volunteering and work experience, which develops their skill sets and enhances their employability.

Located in the beautiful city of Sydney, students of Western can explore one of the most liveable cities on the planet. Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers, perfect for making the most of the city's many beaches. Students won't want to miss the year-round art, music, food, theatre, film and design festivals that put Sydney on the world cultural map.

Western places immense value on diversity and embracing the different cultures both within the University community, and the wider populace of Western Sydney which has one of the most diverse populations in Australia. Being home to students from all over the world creates a thriving centre of opportunity, diversity and innovation. At Western, students will be part of a dynamic, welcoming and culturally rich community where lifelong friends and connections are made.

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Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 250 universities globally in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, placing it firmly among top two per cent of international universities.

Barney Glover AO, president and vice-chancellor of Western Sydney University said, ''This rankings result is an impressive achievement, and testament to our commitment to being a truly world-class University that is recognised globally for our research strengths, our engagement with partners, and our innovative approach to teaching.''

This follows other outstanding rankings results earlier this year, in which the University was ranked in the top 1.5% of those ranked in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

The University is also ranked 34th in the world in the Times Higher Education 2021 Young University Rankings, – now ranking sixth in Australia. The University is rated five-stars by the QS Global Rankings for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, innovation and inclusiveness.

Covid-19 updates

Students can view the University's answers to questions international students may have regarding taking up online study at the University until international borders open.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Western Sydney University's curriculum prepares students for a global future. Western has established excellent working relationships with business partners, industry leaders and its community, all of whom contribute to the development of relevant course content that prepares students for future work and the challenges they may face.

With students taking centre stage at Western, the University offers different options to suit diverse student requirements, from on-campus and flexible study options, with the addition of work-integrated learning. By being placed in a workplace and gaining industry experience students gain the critical practical skills and experience needed for their careers.

Western makes use of an innovative teaching and learning model where students are treated as partners in their educational development. This is empowering for students and facilitates an environment in which ideas are shared and creativity is developed.

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Department structure

Department structure

Western Sydney University boasts 10 modern, student-centred and conveniently located campuses. Students have the option of choosing from a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research study options. Areas of academic study include:

  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Arts and Communication
  • Business and Accounting
  • Creative Industries, Design and Music
  • Criminology and Cyber Security
  • Engineering
  • Health and Sport Sciences
  • Information Technology, AI and Data Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sciences and Medical Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Social Work and Counselling
  • TESOL, Interpreting and Translation

Go Global

International students at Western Sydney University can study overseas in 300+ destinations through its Go Global programme.

Pathway programmes

To help students meet University entry requirements, The College and Western Sydney University International College offer students a pathway into a Western Sydney University degree. Students will benefit from small classes and individualised attention from teachers.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Students aiming to study at Western should demonstrate the requisite academic ability. The competition for places is high and international students looking to study at the institution are subject to the same entry standards as Australian residents. Students are encouraged to consult the online handbook for entry requirements for particular degree programs, which may include the need to demonstrate relevant work experience.

English Language Entry Requirements

International student applicants are required to demonstrate the requisite level of English language proficiency in order to gain admission. For non-first language English speakers and for students who did not previously study with English as the medium of instruction (criteria applies), results and scores from an approved English proficiency examination must be supplied before a full offer of a place is made.

More information on academic and English language requirements are available on the entry requirements page of the University website.

Applying to Western Sydney University

Applications to Western can be made directly to the University or via an authorised University agent. Students making an application via the international office are able to obtain information pertaining to the minimum English language proficiency requirements by consulting the University handbook.

Applications to Western can be made online at UAC International if a student is completing one of the following qualifications one year prior to admission:

  • Australian year 12
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Australia or New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level three

Students who are applying for a study abroad or exchange program should consult the Study Abroad at Western resource on the University website. All students should also visit the Admission page on the institution's website for guides on admission criteria and how to apply.

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Facilities

Facilities

Students benefit from the University's full suite of state-of-the-art facilities, including lecture theatres, science and computer laboratories, libraries, gyms, and restaurants.

One of the best things about the life on campus at Western Sydney University is that there's always something happening through WESTERNLife. Ranging from table tennis comps, sports and unigames, outdoor chess, to one of the many social events which are organised by Western Sydney University or its student clubs, the University's students are bound to find something which fits them and will help them forge lifelong relationships.

Western aims to provide a rich educational experience through the adoption and provision of new and emerging technologies. These include online state-of-the-art learning environments, research and clinical facilities, social learning spaces, and computer laboratories.

Students can also make use of transport services provided, with free shuttle buses run regularly between train stations and campuses.

On-campus accommodation

Students have the option of choosing from a variety of on-campus accommodation options that are affordable and of a high-quality. A good balance between the living and learning environment provides the ideal student experience.

Western Sydney University Village offers students excellent value for money. Staying on campus means students save money on transport and have access to free shuttle bus services, or they can simply walk to their campus.

Villages at Western are available on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Nirimba, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Penrith campuses. All are fully furnished and self-catering, with the additional option of having 24-hour support and security. Whatever campus a student chooses they will be part of an exciting community with many activities and events in which to participate.

Students can receive a discount of 50 per cent on rental costs for 24 and 48 week accommodation packages in 2022 through the Western Sydney University Village Accommodation Scholarships program.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Ranked five stars for employability in the 2021 QS World University Star rankings, graduates of Western Sydney University are poised for career success after university.

The University tailors all its courses to give international students the skills and knowledge needed to be job ready and to have a thriving career. The University has a firm commitment to prepare students for employers are looking for in graduates by incorporating practical work experience in many of their degrees. In addition, many degrees possess industry accreditation, ensuring student graduate work ready.

The careers service provided at the University can help students plan their career, offer them feedback on their resume, help with their job hunt as well as prepare them for their interviews. It offers career as well as resume advice, jobs, both on and off-campus. There are also volunteer opportunities workshops to build their practical job-seeking skills career expos and events to meet their future employers, as well as industry peers and tailored information for the University's international students.

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(3.5)
Course Quality
3.3
Campus Safety
4.2
Student Support
3.0
Teaching Quality
3.5
Campus Environment
4.0
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Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-01-30
3.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Professors are not that great. Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2019-12-17
1.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-01-07
5.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
We can access library online Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-02-05
3.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Good Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-09-16
4.0/ 5 stars

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Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-01-30
3.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Professors are not that great. Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2019-12-17
1.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-01-07
5.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
We can access library online Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-02-05
3.0/ 5 stars
Western Sydney University Western Sydney University
Rated3/5based on6 student reviews
Good Customer reviews:
Western Sydney University - by, 2020-09-16
4.0/ 5 stars

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