School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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International Applicants

Application procedure
English language requirements
Visa requirements
Support for international students



The School welcomes applications from international students from around the world. The School of Public Health and Community Medicine currently has international students from over 20 different countries. International students make a valuable contribution to the school and provide a richness and diversity which enhances the school’s reputation in Australia and internationally. Please ensure to read some of our International Student Profiles to learn more about the school from the student perspective.


Application procedure

We encourage international students seeking admission to our Postgraduate programs to read the information on this website carefully. Please ensure to submit your application by the due date. If you would like a Postgraduate Prospectus mailed out to you or have any further questions please contact us on and we will be happy to assist you.

International applicants should visit the How to Apply page for International students for further information.

The following information should be attached to your online application form:

  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Originals or certified copies of your academic record and proof of completion of previous degrees
  • Evidence of English proficiency (see below for English requirements)

Closing dates for applications:

  • 30 November (for the start of Semester 1 in late February/ early March)
  • 31 May (for the start of Semester 2 in late July)

The processing time for applications can take up to 4 weeks.

International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure that there is sufficient time to obtain a student visa. In some cases, a number of months are required to obtain a student visa. Please check with your closest Australian Consulate for further details. Students are required to be in Sydney by Friday of week 1 of classes to commence their studies. Students who arrive after this date will not be permitted to commence their studies and will be required to defer their studies to the following semester.  It is essential that International student arrive well before the commencement of semester to attend the university orientation sessions, find accommodation and get used to living in a new city and country.

Selection for admission
Selection for admission to all graduate coursework programs is based on the information supplied in your application. All applications will be acknowledged by the UNSW Admissions Office and then assessed for eligibility by the School.

Successful applicants will be sent an offer of admission with details of acceptance and enrolment procedures by the UNSW Admissions Office and should accept their offer as soon as possible to reserve their place. Information about enrolment and course selection will be sent by the School once the offer has been accepted.

Important note for international applicants
International applicants must accept their offer, pay a deposit and pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to secure a place in the program. An electronic confirmation of enrolment for overseas students (e-COE) will then be issued. This is required to apply for a student visa.


English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English, or who have not undertaken a degree where the language of instruction was English, are required to demonstrate their English competency.

Note: Admission to our programs is competitive and completion of IELTS or TOEFL is highly recommended.

Please see the UNSW English Requirements website for details of accepted tests and required scores.

Students requesting an English Waiver will need to contact the UNSW Admissions office to request this via their online enquiry form. Further information can be found on the English Language Requirements website.


Visa Requirements

All international students must obtain a valid visa from the Australian Government for the duration of their degree program. Visa application procedures, visa types and requirements are determined and governed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For information about applying for visas in your own country see the listing of Australian Diplomatic Missions.

Detailed information about Student Visa requirements can be found on the UNSW Student Visa website.


Support for International Students

UNSW has a designated office to provide support to International Students called Student Development International. This office provides all kinds of support from airport pickups, counselling advice to running social events for international students. Please visit the Student Development International website website to find out more about the support and activities they provide.