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Western Sydney University International College



Western Sydney University International College is a specialist educational institution located in Parramatta, a lively suburb within the Greater Sydney area. Successful completion of a college pathway program ensures progression to an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University. Students at the International College enjoy access to all the same services and facilities as their Western Sydney University counterparts, for the duration of their studies.

A diploma from the International College ensures entry to many different undergraduate programs. There are eight month accelerated learning options available at three intake points throughout the year in March, July and October.

Living in Australia is a unique and diverse experience, with a climate, geography and culture entirely of its own. It is a diverse country, and Sydney is truly one the great multicultural cities of the world, with over 180 nationalities represented in its population. Sydney also regularly ranks as one of the most popular cities for international students.

Parramatta is a vibrant and multicultural city, only 30 minutes from Sydney's Central railway station. It has become a desirable location for global business organisations and industries, creating a landscape of opportunity for students from the International College to find part-time work, internships and professional jobs.

The International College maintains an exceptionally high standard of teaching and support, with direct links to Western Sydney University's resources and facilities. Courses are recognised globally and delivered by highly experienced and qualified academics.

The International College allows students to learn in smaller classes, with students benefiting from more contact time with their tutors. Studying at the International College offers a dynamic experience with excellent academic preparation for the transition to university education.

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What's new

What's new

In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Australia and globally, the chief aim of Western Sydney University International College is to safeguard the wellbeing and health of all students, staff, and members of the wider community. The college has put into place a number of policies and processes to support this goal and is committed to flexibly adapting to novel circumstances.

The International College has transformed its standard educational model to deliver high-quality, online classes for all existing and new students. Students at the college will receive all the information they need to continue accessing their program's content via specialist online learning platforms.

Each week the Student Services team is calling each student to check in with them. Student Services is also available for issues like deferring or attendance issues, academic support, welfare, and counselling.

As these challenging times continue, the International College continues to identify the best ways to support the student body and ensure that everyone at the college is able to achieve their academic potential. Students can submit queries to the college 24/7, and a new system for booking phone or video appointments with student and academic support staff is now online.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

At Western Sydney University International College students will benefit from an educational model that is based around empowering and challenging its learners, while giving them the chance to shape and question their area of study.

The International College maintains excellent standards of teaching through a range of programs which are delivered by renowned academics who are experts in their areas.

Students will benefit from access to cutting-edge facilities ranging from modern computer laboratories, world class research and clinical facilities, and collaborative learning spaces. For independent study, a well-equipped library system, various self-study locations, and a suite of supportive academic staff make the International College the perfect place to learn.

The International College's educational approach hinges on small class sizes, so that students can receive individual support. Students will find that their instructors and tutors are regularly available for additional academic contact, so they can truly deepen their understanding of course content.

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Department structure

Department structure

For new students at the International College, their journey to university begins with an excellent standard of internationally recognised courses which include both Foundation Studies and Diploma courses. Students will successfully complete the pathway program and be able to progress directly to a Western Sydney University degree. The following programs are available at the International College:

Foundation Studies programs – these are courses designed to facilitate university entry, for international students who have completed Australian Year 11 secondary, or equivalent.

  • Business
  • Health Science and Nursing
  • Science

Diploma programs – completing one of the below diploma courses will entitle the successful student to direct entry into the second year of a corresponding bachelor's degree program.

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Information and Communications Technology

Foundation Studies and Diploma programs can range from two to three terms in length (eight to twelve months). A student's ideal course length will depend on their previous academic qualifications and their level of English language proficiency.

English Programs – these globally recognised English language courses are excellent for international students at every level of capability and will equip learners with the skills they need to excel in personal, professional, and academic English.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The International College is committed to making its courses and programs as accessible as possible to students, while maintaining an excellent standard of quality. Successful entry into a pathway course depends on a number of factors and may involve additional criteria according to the program that is being applied to. Prospective students should consult the specific profile of their chosen course before proceeding with their application.

The International College accepts certificates of completion or transcripts from a number of English tests for standard entry, including:

  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition
  • Duolingo

Further information on English test score equivalencies can be acquired by contacting the admissions team.

In addition to the standard application form, applicants will need to accompany their application with documentary evidence of their academic qualifications, including reports and exam certificates.

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Attending the International College is a fantastic chance for international students to experience life in Australia and become part of a thriving international community. The college is home to students and visitors from dozens of countries around the world and is fortunately located on the doorstep of the bustling, multicultural city of Sydney.

During their downtime, students will find that they are spoilt for choice with a range of activities and experiences. With world-class entertainment and culture, iconic architecture known around the world, and an excellent food and nightlife scene, Sydney has everything. Not only that, but the breath-taking natural landscapes of Australia are just a short drive or flight away.

The International college offers a variety of accommodation options available for new and existing students, designed to fit every type of budget and lifestyle. On-campus accommodation is an unbeatable way to quickly make friends and be at the centre of the ‘buzz' of college life.

The campus is also home to the library, food and drink options, academic services, support services, and a range of recreational and sporting facilities.

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