- Why choose Western Sydney University?
- Find a course
- Prepare to arrive
- Study and life
- Exchange and short overseas study
- International partnerships
- Contact International
- Course Enquiry
- International Student of the Year Awards
- International Virtual Fair
Getting started: The Counsellor quick list
1. Select course and check entry requirements
- Refer to our Find a course page (opens in a new window) to see what would suit the student, or download the relevant prospectus. (opens in a new window)
- Refer to the Western Handbook (opens in a new window) for specific details about the course including the subjects offered. Be sure to check under the heading "Admission" for any specific course requirements. You can find out more about equivalent qualifications on the Academic Entry Qualifications Table [PDF, 226.42 KB]. (opens in a new window)
- Check the International fees schedules to make sure the course is still available and use the information on the schedule to complete the application form.
2. Complete and submit the application form
To apply directly, use the correct form depending on the desired level of study:
- International Undergraduate Application Form [PDF, 145.94 KB] (opens in a new window) - this includes applications for The College
- International Postgraduate Application Form [PDF, 166.36 KB] (opens in a new window) - this includes applications for research degrees
The preferred method of receiving applications is via email PDF format. Please indicate in the subject line that it is a new application e.g. New app – John SMITH, DOB 01/10/1982.
Applications will not be processed if the following fields are incomplete:
- student's personal email address
- student's phone number
- copy of photo page of passport
- course code
- intake date
- academic qualifications
- signature from student or parent/guardian if under 18
- Genuine Student Assessment Form and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) if required - see step three.
All documents submitted to the University must either be original documents or certified copies of original documents. Agents must ensure that all documents submitted to the University are genuine.
As our representative you are able to certify documents that are to be submitted to us in support of an application. Every single page of a document must be certified. Hard copy by mail, facsimile, or scanned copies of certified documents can be accepted for application purposes. Representatives are to ensure that all documents submitted are certified as follows for every page of the document:
- sight the original copy
- print 'This is a true copy of the original document sighted by me' on every single page
- use the agency stamp; and
- print their name.
- If no stamp is available, they must record their name, contact address, telephone number, profession or occupation or organisation on every single page ensure that each page is date verified sign each page of the document.
3. Complete and submit the Genuine Student Assessment form if required
Under Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) the Department of Border Protection (DIBP) risk matrix includes country and provider categories. Western Sydney University's admissions assessment processes reflect the DIBP matrix and as a consequence you may be asked to complete an additional SSVF GTE Assessment form before your application can be finalized. The University will send you a copy of the appropriate SSVF GTE form for completion by the student.
To complete the GTE form, you must:
- Conduct an interview with the prospective international student
- The student's answers to interview questions are to be written in the notes section
- You will need to determine in your opinion, if the answer is satisfactory and complete the Assessment Process and Risk Assessment section to determine the level of risk the applicant poses to the University on a scale from very high to very low
- Sign and date the questionnaire where indicated
- Retain a copy of the completed questionnaire on the applicant's record and submit a copy to us with their application
4. Receive and check the student offer
What you will receive upon assessment of an application:
- Congratulations letter Full offer OR Conditional offer (see below for definition) OR a pathway Package offer
- Orientation date advice
- Acceptance form. This includes payment information and a request for an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
- ESOS Statement
- International Offer Pack To download an international student offer pack example, please select the option below that best describes your offer type:
Checking the offer
Please check the details on the offer and ensure they are correct, particularly the following:
- personal details (name and date of birth)
Conditional offer: Issued to students who have not met all entry requirements. Students must fulfil any conditions stated in the letter of Conditional offer in order to receive a 'full' offer of admission to Western Sydney University. Once a student has met all conditions and have submitted all required documents, they will receive a 'full' offer of admission. Please note, applicants are able to accept their offer even though they have a Conditional offer.
Package offer: Issued to students who have met all academic and English language requirements as well as GTE and GS requirements for admission to a University approved pathway program. Upon accepting, paying fees and receiving an eCoE, students are able to commence or finalise their student visa application.
5. Accept offer, pay fees, request eCoE
All acceptance, payment and eCoE request forms are to be submitted in PDF format by email to the International Admissions office. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that you are submitting acceptance documents: Acceptance, Intake, Student Name, student number in the subject line e.g. Acceptance Semester 2 – John SMITH 17118899.
Acceptances are unable to be processed if any of the following information is omitted:
- Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection location for visa processing
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)– indicate if student requires single or family
- signature from student or parent/guardian if under 18 (further information on minors at the end of this page)
To enable a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate to be issued, applicants are required to pay all fees as stated on their Offer of Admission letter.
Students will not be able to enrol in their course until all fees for the first session of study and OSHC fee for the entire duration of study have been paid.
Confirmation of Enrolment
When a student has submitted documents as evidence of meeting all the requirements for entry accepted their offer, paid fees, and completed the eCoE request form (included in the offer pack), we will email a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate to the student within 24 hours of receiving all relevant documents. Once the eCoE is provided, the student can begin or complete the student visa application process.
For instructions and further details on applying for an Australian student visa, please refer to the Department of Immigration website. (opens in a new window)
6. Arrange accommodation
Students will receive information outlining accommodation options when they receive an offer. Booking and payment for accommodation is arranged directly with the provider of the accommodation, not with Western Sydney International. Students may consider:
- on-campus Village accommodation (opens in a new window) or
- homestay with an Australian family off-campus.
7. Arrange student airport collection
Please note that students at The College must contact The College directly (opens in new window) for arrival services.
8. Provide information on Orientation
9. Provide information on Enrolment and Timetables
A step-by-step guide for International students is available on the How do I enrol? webpage. (opens in a new window)
10. Tell student what to expect in the first few weeks at Western
- Students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Australia approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of classes (or two or three days prior to Orientation Day)
- Before students arrive in Australia, please refer them to a booklet produced by Western Sydney University called the Welcome Guide. This guide is designed to help students find the information they need as a new international student at Western and help them adjust to living and studying in Australia.
- Students must attend the International Orientation Day at Parramatta campus. Free bus transportation will be organised for students living on other campuses.
- If students haven't already enrolled or need help to finalise their admission, an enrolment and admission session is also provided. This is held in computer labs that are supported by enrolment and international admission staff.
- Academic Advising and Course Orientation Sessions are held throughout the week prior to the commencement of the teaching session and are conducted on the student's home campus.
- Students should have a look around their campus and take the opportunity to take scheduled library and campus tours to get familiar with their campus.
- When students complete their enrolment process they should collect their student ID card from the Student Central office on their campus. Students must carry this card while on campus. They will also need to use this card to borrow books from the library and access IT facilities and the University's free shuttle bus service.
- Students must remain enrolled in a CRICOS registered course and maintain satisfactory attendance and progression in their course. If students experience problems they are advised to meet with the International Student Welfare staff (opens in a new window) to discuss any problems they may have as soon as possible after the issue arises. If poor results continue their visa is at risk of being cancelled.
Applicants under 18
Western Sydney University has introduced a new policy for applicants under 18 years old. For further information view the Under 18 Students Page and the University's policy on Admissions and Welfare (International Students Under 18) Procedures (opens in a new window).
Applicants with a disability
If an applicant requires extra help due to a disability while they are studying at Western Sydney University, please provide a brief statement outlining their needs on a separate piece of paper and attach it to the application form. We will provide the details of the Western Sydney University Disability Services contact person to you and your applicant. Please ensure the student contacts our Disability Service to discuss their disability or chronic health condition.
Please note the information provided will be treated as confidential.
Course search - online handbook (opens in a new window)
Entry requirements (opens in a new window)
Fees and costs (opens in a new window)
Overseas Health Cover (opens in a new window)
ESOS information (opens in a new window)
Orientation and arrival (opens in a new window)
Accommodation (opens in a new window)
Enrolment information (opens in a new window)
How to get to our campuses (opens in a new window)
Western Sydney International Team (opens in a new window)
2016 Welcome Guide (PDF, 927.8 KB) (opens in a new window)