International Student Visa Holders

Full-Time Study Load

If you are an International student studying on a student visa you must satisfy certain conditions such as completing studies within the time frames set out in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Under UNSW3+:

  • You must enrol in 48 units of credit (eight courses) over the three terms.
  • This means that in one term, you can complete a lighter study load of two courses.
  • It may be possible for you to complete nine courses per year (three courses per term) and take a reduced load of seven courses in a subsequent year. This could give students an opportunity to undertake an internship.

Please note international students who fail to meet their visa conditions, may have their visa cancelled.


A student visa allows you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your program is in session and unrestricted hours during the university break periods. It is important to note that you are not permitted to work until you have commenced your studies. No work limits apply if you are studying a Masters by research or Doctorate course in Australia.

As the academic calendar dates have changed, it is important that International students adhere to these new dates and working restrictions. You can see the 2019 academic calendar dates here.

Admission Intakes

There will be two Undergraduate admission intakes per year – Term 1 and Term 3.

Some faculties will offer Postgraduate admission in Term 2, but it will be based on demand.

Tuition Fees

The required units of credit to complete a degree at UNSW have not changed under the UNSW3+ calendar, which means students can expect their estimated fees for their degree to remain accurate. Fees will continue to be charged based on enrolment in a given term, which will allow students to spread their course load across three terms.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

International students are charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) in addition to their tuition fees, as stipulated on their letter of offer. It is expected the capped amount set by the Australian Government annually will be spread evenly across the 3+ term model.


Graduation ceremonies will happen three times per year, with less time to wait between completing your studies and attending your graduation ceremony.


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