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University of Wollongong



Located on the pristine beaches of Australia's east coast, and just 90 minutes south of Sydney, the University of Wollongong (UOW) boasts an impressive ranking among the top 20 modern universities in the world (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019) – as well as being placed in the top 250 universities on the planet (THE World University Rankings 2019).

Wollongong is among Australia's largest cities and can be found between the Tasman Sea and the mountains, providing a truly Australian experience for international students.

UOW welcomes almost 6,000 international students each year. The university's Wollongong campus combines modern teaching facilities with stylish study spaces. UOW's newest campus is located in Liverpool - a culturally diverse suburb in Sydney.

The university has an excellent international reputation for teaching standards across all of its faculties and has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready. UOW ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, and 75.5% of UOW students secure full-time employment within four months of graduation, above the national average of 71.9%.

Students can choose from a range of UOW accommodation options, located on-campus, including new self-catered facilities on campus at Kooloobong Village. Students are provided with brilliant academic and wellbeing support throughout their time at UOW and have access to the online CareerHub which supports them in their job search.

With 130 clubs and societies, and more than 60 sports teams, UOW's UniActive provides top-class sporting facilities to help students stay active. About 100 live music and comedy acts entertain throughout the year at the UniBar.

UOW has a strong international focus and reputation, and offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries which assist students to transfer from its Dubai, and Hong Kong campuses, from partner institutions in Singapore, and Malaysia, and from four Chinese universities.

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What's new

What's new

The University of Wollongong's South Western Sydney campus at Liverpool is where the best and brightest students can earn an internationally recognised degree. This campus is the first major university campus in Liverpool and builds on an already thriving relationship between UOW and the Great South West.

Opened in February 2017, the new campus occupies three floors in the Liverpool City Council's Moore Street building. Students studying at UOW's South Western Sydney campus can choose from a variety of bachelor and master's degrees in business, commerce, computer science, information technology, international studies, law, nursing, and social work. UOW College also offers university entry pathways, recognised English Language courses and vocational training programmes.

Many UOW students undertake placements and internships at partner organisations in the Great South West region, including around 330 nursing students undertaking placements in local hospitals, mental health facilities and aged care facilities.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Throughout the university's 42-year history, UOW has built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. The university has received numerous endorsements, accolades and awards over the years.

The university was recognised among the world's best institutions for teaching excellence, receiving a Spotlight Award in the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

UOW was the only Australian university to be listed as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) for two consecutive years, placing it among the top institutions in the world for the quality of its teaching.

UOW ensures that its classroom practices deliver high-quality, student-centred learning. All UOW coursework programmes are technology enriched, intellectually challenging, research or enquiry based, and real-world focussed.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Wollongong is a comprehensive teaching and research university with five faculties:

  • The Faculty of Business (BUS) offers a five-star learning experience that seeks to develop professionals, managers and business leaders who are independent thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
  • The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH) offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes focused on expanding human knowledge and improving the quality of life.
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) has a world-class reputation for excellence in research, strong collaborations with industry and government partners, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA) aspires to build capacity in the regional economy and in international networks through research-led educational leadership. Graduates have skills that employers want, like creative problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, self-discipline and team work.
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences is a community of academics, students and professional staff who are all dedicated to making a difference through high quality teaching, learning, research and public debate.

Each faculty is made up of a number of schools that focus on one or more specific disciplines. With more than 365 degrees on offer, students have a choice of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.

UOW research is structured around a number of key research entities, research strengths, externally funded centres, and faculty research units.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

UOW recognises secondary qualifications from more than 40 countries and education systems and can assess students who have completed the equivalent of Australian high school (Year 12) for direct entry to the first year of a bachelor's degree.

If students do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to their chosen bachelor's programme, they may receive an offer to study a pathway programme at UOW College that can guarantee entry into a range of UOW undergraduate degrees, at first or second year level.

Students who have completed a diploma, or partially completed a bachelor's degree, may apply directly for admission with credit transfer.

All students are required to provide evidence of satisfying English language requirements. Results in major international tests are accepted, including IELTS and TOEFL. Students can also meet the language requirement by completing an English course at UOW College.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Wollongong enjoys a very reasonable cost of living, meaning you can focus your efforts on your study, and not be worried about your finances. The lower cost of living in Wollongong is a major advantage of being located outside of a capital city like Sydney or Melbourne. The prices of rent, food and entertainment in Wollongong compare very favourably with big-city options, meaning that you can make the most of your study in Australia.

UOW offers a range of scholarships and country bursaries that help with the costs of study. These offer a tuition fee reduction of up to 30 per cent. Students will be automatically considered for a scholarship or country bursary when they submit their application.

UOW student Anne Fernando moved from Sri Lanka to UOW in 2015 to study Mathematics and Finance. Anne received an international student scholarship as well as one from her faculty, in the form of a fee reduction. ''I was tossing up between a university in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wollongong, but the Wollongong course fees were a lot more affordable. On top of my scholarships I also received the Dean's Scholar award, which means I get a text book allowance every year.''

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While the free local shuttle buses will get students to Wollongong city or the beach in less than ten minutes, the campus has seven coffee shops, more than 15 food outlets, a bar, supermarket, hairdresser, travel agent, post office, three banks, health clinic, dentist, physio, sports fields, gym and a swimming pool.


UOW provides a wide range of living options that suit different budgets and living needs. Brand new studio apartments and four or five bedroom units are now available in Kooloobong Village. The university's International House, for instance, is home to many Australian and international students. It proudly boasts of a community representing over 30 nations.


The university's award-winning library and dedicated staff support students during their study at UOW. Students will have access to print and digital collections containing over a million volumes that cover a variety of topics.


UniActive at the University of Wollongong provides a world-class facility to meet the training needs of individuals and sporting teams. UniActive is recognised as the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) regional training facility for its athletes. The University of Wollongong is also listed as an Elite Athlete Friendly University.

Food outlets

The university has a myriad of cuisines served at its many food outlets. From Indian to Thai, and burritos to pizza, students can explore the world through the campus cuisine.

IGA grocery store

IGA offers UOW students the convenience of grocery shopping on campus. Products available include fresh fruits and vegetables, delicatessen including BBQ chicken, international and ready-to-eat meals, among others.

Campus Clinic

'Campus Clinic' is UOW's very own General Practice, available five days a week to provide friendly and confidential treatment of any health concerns students may have. It provides an extensive range of medical services, such as vaccines, skin checks, travel medicine, and VISA medicals.

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Liverpool New South Wales 33 Moore Street
Sydney New South Wales Hanging Rock, Beach Road
Sydney New South Wales Level 8, 9 & 10 Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay
University of Wollongong is a research intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines. It is a global leader in discovery and learning, working to transform people and the world. The University began as an institute for the then New South Wales University of Technology, Sydney at a single location in Wollongong. Since gaining independence in 1975, it has grown into an international multi-campus University, expanding to occupy two Sydney campuses and five regional campuses, as well as locations in Hong Kong and Dubai. It?s commitment to the students is evident in the graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace. UOW is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. Together with the partners, they make a strong and connected presence in their communities.

University of Wollongong offers over 400 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees. It is a university city at its best, providing the perfect study environment, where students can live stress free and focus on studies. At the UOW, it continues to focus on offering personalised experiences and outstanding learning environments, and develops highly sought after graduates who have experienced a research-intensive university and an intellectually challenging curriculum.

Located on the east coast of Australia, Wollongong is home to thousands of students making it the ideal place for students to study. It?s a diverse, safe and friendly city, filled with many languages, cuisines, religions and customs. A busy cultural calendar attracts people from all over Australia and the world who enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. With big green mountains to the west and the ocean to the east, here students can breathe in the fresh air, live stress-free and focus on their studies.
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