Flexibility and Internships

New Calendar, New Opportunities

The UNSW3+ academic calendar will give students the opportunity to personalise and tailor their university experience and enable them to build experiences into any term of their degree.

UNSW3+ allows students more flexibility to increase or decrease their study load depending on the circumstances, and with the right planning an entire term in their degree can be made available to gain international exposure and/or industry experience, whilst maintaining full time student status and without delaying progression.

Below is an overview of the UNSW3+ calendar showing the timing for internships throughout the year.

Visual respresentation of calendar flexibility

See below for examples of how degrees and opportunities can be personalised from 2019 onward.

Please note, these are examples only and may vary depending on degree.

Normal study load - Advanced Science

Robert is an Advanced Science student studying a double major in Maths and Chemistry – a tough combination. UNSW3+ makes it possible for Robert to do this combination and graduate within 4 years.

Previously this would have taken him 4.5 years in the semester calendar.

Robert also uses the flexibility to reduce his load in Term 1 of his third and fourth year, allowing him to focus more time on studying for MATH3101, Computational Mathematics, in third year and applying for graduate jobs in his final year.

Normal study load - Advanced Science example

Gaining experience during term time - Engineering

Students interested in undertaking full time work for their Industrial Training (IT) during term time can enrol in an IT course prior to the end of previous term. This IT course will attract UoC that will maintain the student’s full-time status. Although the work placement will be eligible for IT credit in the program, the course itself is not a program requirement nor will it count towards the program. Students will not be charged for enrolment into this course.

Summer internship - Engineering example

Summer clerkship - Fine Arts / Law

Cindy is a Fine Arts / Law dual degree student. Cindy is thinking about her Summer Clerkship in her penultimate year, and is excited by the opportunity to see what life is like working as a legal practitioner.

In Term 3 Cindy completes a two-week intensive, LAWS3222, Communications Law, enjoys a break, and then uses the remainder of the term plus the Summer break to complete her clerkship.

Cindy returns to UNSW for her final year and completes nine courses, including an elective that she chooses based on a case she enjoyed during her clerkship.

Summer clerkship - Fine Arts & Law example

The internship pathway could also allow students to spend time focusing on a creative project, getting a start-up company off the ground, getting more involved in Clubs and Societies or a student-led project.

The intensive course could instead be a work-integrated learning or online course.

Term 2 internship - Commerce

Chen is a UNSW Commerce student planning to do an internship at an accounting firm in Term 2 of his third year.

Unlike students at other universities, he is able to take a winter term off for the placement. This means he doesn’t have to compete with all other accounting students for the limited number of places available over summer when most accounting firms shut down.

During the busiest time of year for the accounting firm, Chen’s invaluable assistance led to a graduate job offer. Chen also completed an online course whilst doing his internship to retain his status as a full-time student.

Term 2 Internship - Commerce example

The internship pathway could also allow students to spend time focusing on a creative project, getting a start-up company off the ground, getting more involved in Clubs and Societies or a student-led project.

The online course could instead be a work-integrated learning or intensive course.

Exchange - Science

Nick is a Science student. He is eager to go on exchange and is weighing up his destination options - ETH Zurich or UBC. Both calendars align with the UNSW3+ calendar.

Nick decides to go on exchange to UBC to study. He is excited that he can fit in four weeks of travel during the Canadian Spring after his exchange term, before returning home for Term 2 at UNSW.

Nick does not add any time to the duration of his degree, and graduates with his classmates.

 

See more Academic Calendar information for Exchange and Study Abroad.

Volunteering and travel - Food Science

Ben loves travelling. He chose UNSW to study a Bachelor of Food Science so he could have the flexibility to enjoy the European Summer and teach English in Naples.

Ben travelled to Europe in Term 2 of his third year. He wasn’t a full-time student for the term that he was away, but the experience was invaluable.

Ben will still complete his degree in four years.

Volunteering and travel - City Planning example

The holidays pathway could also allow students to spend time getting a start-up company off the ground, focusing on a creative project, or getting involved in a student-led project.

Fast-tracker - Economics

Jenny is completing her Bachelor of Economics at UNSW.

She is eager to complete her degree as quickly as possible so she can start work in September, significantly earlier than she could have under the old calendar.

Jenny completes nine courses per year and finishes her degree at the end of Term 2 in her final year.

Fast-tracker - Economics example

Lighter study load - Arts

Jamie is juggling her Bachelor of Arts with aspirations to represent Australia in badminton at the Commonwealth Games.

Due to her training commitments, Jamie has chosen a lighter study load and studies two courses each term.

Jamie completes six courses per year, and maintains her status as a full-time student, which is important to her for her Centrelink benefits – this was not possible under the semester calendar.

UNSW3+ gives Jamie flexibility to chase her sporting pursuits without sacrificing her education.

Lighter study load - Arts example

The lighter load pathway could also allow students to spend time caring for dependents, getting a start-up company off the ground, focusing on a creative project, or just taking their time to enjoy the UNSW experience.

 

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Term dates 2019-20