INSPIRE | ENGAGE | EMPOWER

Join the new alternate pathway program to UNSW engineering for year 11 and 12 high school girls!

What is the GIE FEAS Program?

The GIE FEAS Program is a new alternate pathway program for female-identifying high school students in Year 11 and 12 who will be applying for an eligible engineering degree at UNSW Sydney and expecting an ATAR within the FEAS eligibility* range.

If you're a student who wants to make a difference in the world, has an interest in helping others and would love to learn how engineering can solve problems in disadvantaged communities, then this program is for you!

Gain valuable skills by undertaking a humanitarian engineering project run by Engineering World Health (EWH) and work with like-minded students to learn about sustainable and innovative technologies whilst solving an engineering challenge set in a developing country.

Choose from four projects set in four different countries in this unique global experience that connects you to experts in engineering from across the world, and develop key skills in design thinking, problem-solving, communication, leadership and teamwork that will be advantageous to the commencement of any engineering degree, and make friends before starting uni!

This transformational new program can not only help you gain entry to UNSW Engineering, but by completing activities and attaining badges under the three program pillars of INSPIRE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER you can automatically qualify to be interviewed for a paid UNSW Student Ambassador role upon starting an engineering degree at UNSW Sydney!

*Most FEAS degrees require a minimum ATAR of 83.00. 

Who can apply?

Female-identifying high school students in Year 11 and 12 completing their studies at an Australian school, who will be applying for an eligible engineering degree at UNSW Sydney and expecting an ATAR within the FEAS eligibility range.

When do registrations open?

The 2023 GIE FEAS Program will be open for registrations at the end of Term 3 in September 2022.

 

What is the cost?

Participants are required to pay a $50 registration fee, which will be refunded upon the successful completion of the program and attainment of the EMPOWER pillar badge.



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The GIE FEAS Program

  • The GIE FEAS Program has three main pillars that align with the values of UNSW Women in Engineering: INSPIRE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER. Students have a choice of activities to complete to be awarded the pillar badges, with all of Year 11 and 12 to complete their selected activities.

    To be eligible for FEAS (the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme) students MUST be awarded the EMPOWER pillar badge by successfully completing a humanitarian engineering project run by Engineering World Health (EWH), and work to solve a design challenge set in a developing country.

    Students have a choice of projects and are mentored by experts in the field, developing key skills in design thinking, problem-solving, communication, leadership and teamwork.

  • Click on the “Register Now” button to register for the GIE FEAS Program using a gmail account. You must be a member of the GIE Club to participate in the GIE FEAS Program, and pay your $50 refundable registration fee to secure your place. There are only 100 places available in the program which will be allocated to students on a first-come basis.

    Once you have registered and accepted the program agreement, you will be taken to the web portal where you can access the EMPOWER, ENGAGE and INSPIRE pillars and view the four humanitarian engineering challenges under the EMPOWER pillar. You are then required to choose your challenge, and you have until 28 February to lock in your choice.

    The EMPOWER pillar program runs from February to July, and to receive the EMPOWER pillar badge, you will be required to produce a 3-5-minute video outlining your solution to your selected humanitarian engineering challenge. Throughout the program you will have access to Engineering World Health (EWH) mentors and resources, and opportunities to connect to other students.

    The program is run entirely online, and you can choose how much time you wish to put into to your project.

    If you are a student in years 7 – 10, you can still register for the program via the GIE FEAS Program web portal, however you will not be able to commence the program until you are in Year 11. You will be alerted by email when you become eligible for the program.

GIE FEAS Program FAQ

  • The following degrees are included in this scheme, however please consult the most recent UNSW Handbook to confirm intake period.

    • Bachelor of Computer Science   
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Product Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil (Honours)/Surveying  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Quantum Engineering) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Renewable Energy) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Software) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Engineering Science 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Biomedical Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Food Science (Honours)* 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Bachelor of Media Arts 
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)  
    • UNSW Canberra (non-defence undergraduate students only):
    • Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Naval Architecture (Honours)

    Please note, most FEAS degrees require a minimum ATAR of 83.00.

    *To be eligible for this degree you can have a minimum ATAR of 80.00

  • As the program is run entirely online, it is up to you how much time you wish to dedicate to your EMPOWER pillar project. The Engineering World Health (EWH) web portal which has the resources for each of the four humanitarian engineering challenges opens on 1 February and your 3-5-minute video is due at the end of July. EWH has scheduled webinars and check-ins across the program, with recordings available if you miss them.

  • We have deliberately scheduled the program to run from February to July, so that you will finish well in advance of the HSC.

  • No. To be eligible for FEAS (the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme) you MUST be awarded the EMPOWER pillar badge and successfully complete your humanitarian engineering project, but the ENGAGE and INSPIRE pillars are optional. We do however encourage you to attain all of the pillar badges, as you will then automatically qualify to be interviewed for a paid UNSW Student Ambassador role upon starting an engineering degree at UNSW Sydney.

UNSW Girls in Engineering Club

The UNSW Girls in Engineering Club is a fun, inspiring community for high school girls interested in a career in engineering. We provide opportunities to explore the diverse fields of engineering where you can connect and share ideas with fellow high school girls.

You’ll hear from inspiring role models such as UNSW Engineering students and female engineers who are already making their mark on the world.