University of New South Wales Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 16 US credits (24 units): one 4-credit (6-unit) course for 4 weeks, and three 4-credit courses for 10 weeks. 

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online preferences form.

Special Considerations

UNSW operates under a 1 + 3-course model. You will take one intensive course for four weeks, followed by three courses for ten weeks. 

You have the opportunity to complete an Arcadia+ Internship placement and corresponding Internship Cornerstone course with your courses at UNSW. If you select this option, you will take 4 additional semester credits for a total of 20.

UNSW may request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript.

Most courses (with the exception of Science and Engineering) award four credits each.

Course Restrictions

You may not enroll in:

  • Any courses with the "Z" prefix.
  • For those interested in the Acting course, successful applicants will only be accepted into the first year of the Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting).
    • For Acting: successful applicants will only be accepted into the first year of the Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting).

Choosing Your Courses

arcadia+ Internship Cornerstone Course

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
SYDI INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action 4 Spring/Fall PDF

University of New South Wales Courses

Term Courses

Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your regular term courses.

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
3 2
4 3
6 4
8 5
9 6
  • Include at least 8-10 courses on your Academic Preferences Form: 2 tailored term offerings (either January or August) plus at least 6 courses for the 10-week term.
  • See August 2023 (T2C) offerings here. (Last Updated: 24 January 2023) 
  • When selecting your regular 10-week term courses from the university's handbook, you may find it easiest to browse courses "By Subject Area."
  • In the Courses table click the course code or title to learn more, or click the More button to see other relevant courses.
    • To determine when the course is offered, click on "View timetable website for details" on the right side of the course page. 
    • Term 1 (February to May) = Spring Courses
    • Term 3 (September to December) = Fall Courses

Course Approval

UNSW will review your course preferences and contact you directly via email with the outcome of your course approvals. If you would like any additional courses to be considered for approval please contact your Program Manager.

Special Nomenclature

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School / College
Program Degree
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

Your Program Manager will send you instructions on how to enroll in courses prior to departure. This will involve you emailing UNSW directly with your course preferences based on what is already approved.

The online course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.


Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips).

For studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a non-returnable portfolio or audition on 8-12 slides or a CD.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking U.S. Equivalent
7 High Distinction 85 - 100% A
6 Distinction 75 - 84% A
5 Credit 65 - 74% B
4 Pass 50 - 64% C
3 Conceded* Pass (45 - 49%) D
1-2 Failure 0 - 44% F

*Note: The Conceded grade is not offered by all institutions. Where a host institution uses the Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, a D will be issued. Where the host institution does not use Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, an F will be issued.

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