We offer students a global-minded education with opportunities to broaden their horizons through study at international universities, work experience and internships overseas. We have more than 200 partner universities in over 38 countries across the world and links to international NGOs and organisations. Students can pursue specialised learning in an international context by studying overseas at a partner university, in some cases receiving credits towards their degree.

You have the chance to take part in international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities which ensure our graduates are global-minded and career-ready. Our previous global internship opportunities have included working with ChildFund in Cambodia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Laos. Students have also participated in the Paris Peace Forum and worked with the Citizens Constitutional Forum, an NGO working in community education and advocacy in Fiji.

International exchange partners

You have the opportunity to study internationally during your degree at one of more than 200 international partner institutions located all over the world. We have active exchange agreements with the following institutions, among others:

Learn more about UNSW exchange partners

Global opportunities

Broaden your community, career and study on an international Exchange or Short Program, either virtually or face to face. Many students have embarked on The New Columbo Mobility Program. It provides funding to undergraduate students undertaking short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific.

Learn more about our global opportunities.

Just go for it, it was such an eye-opening experience. It’s unique and I learned a lot about myself and how other people view the world. It’s worth giving it a go – it was a great experience.

- Ellise Camilleri, India exchange provides students with unique learning experience

Outbound exchange

Are you a UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture student keen to join an international exchange program? This makes you an outbound exchange student.

Inbound exchange

Are you already studying for an undergraduate degree outside Australia in one of UNSW’s partner universities internationally and want to come to UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture? This makes you an inbound exchange student.

Professional practicum program

Are you a postgraduate research student at one of UNSW’s international partner universities? You might consider The Professional Practicum Program.

Study abroad

If you're an international student but aren't at one of UNSW’s partner universities, you can still come to UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture.

  • We offer the Global Change Internship and the Arts & Social Sciences Global Internship. These internships will expose you to a range of political, social and cultural experiences in a global context. Our students have interned at Bolivian Express, ACICIS Study Indonesia and Hello Toby.

    Our courses are delivered in conjunction with partners such as the University of The Philippines Diliman in Manila, where students can undertake a short course in ‘Cultural Performance and Digital Cultures: Creative Production in Metro Manila.’

  • UNSW Paris Studio

    UNSW maintains a studio in the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

    • UNSW academic staff and postgraduate research students in design, visual and performing arts are eligible to apply for a three-month residency.
    • The Cité Internationale des Arts is a non-profit international art centre, maintained by the French government to provide studio accommodation for artists and scholars to develop their studio and research projects.
    • The Cité Internationale des Arts is located in the heart of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, opposite the Isle St Louis, in an area known as Le Marais.

    Two successful research candidates from UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture are eligible to receive the Ross Steele Cité Internationale des arts scholarship of $8000 to assist with the residency.

    For further information on the Paris residency:

    Dr Vaughan Rees, Associate Dean (International) 
    Tel: +61 2 9385 0623 
    Contact via email

    Visit the UNSW Paris Studio 
    Download the Application Form

    International industry experience

    Many UNSW School of Art & Design programs feature industry placements which can be taken internationally or within Australia.

    For example:

    • Bachelor of Design students have worked in Hong Kong and the Netherlands as part of their degrees.

    Porosity Studio

    In this cross-disciplinary initiative students travel to cities all over the world. They explore different urban centres and collaborate with other Fine Arts, Design, and Digital Media students. UNSW School of Art & Design students are invited to apply for the Porosity Studio. In the Porosity Studio program, students form a think tank to investigate public spaces alongside professional practitioners.

    Porosity Studio students have visited international cities such as:

    • Beijing, China 
    • Milan, Italy 
    • Edinburgh, Scotland 
    • Rotterdam, Holland 
    • Cardiff, Wales


  • International courses offer UNSW School of Built Environment students the exciting opportunity to explore historical and contemporary urban/infrastructure projects, advanced industrial design and manufacturing, and tackle real-world social challenges with innovative design solutions.

    You'll learn how to analyse, document and interpret the local urban condition and design novel responses to address social, cultural and environmental aspects. Site visits allow you to observe first-hand production technologies, culture, methods/techniques and practices within a local context.

    Learn more

    For general advice on International Exchange:

    UNSW International Office 
    Ph: +61 2 9385 3179 
    Fax: +61 2 9385 5927 
    Email: intex@unsw.edu.au 
    Visit: Room G30, Ground Floor, Goodsell Building F20 
    The University of New South Wales