Join the alternate pathway program to UNSW engineering for Year 11 and 12 high school girls. The program is FULL for 2023 but it will be running again in 2024!
The Girls in Engineering Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (GIE FEAS) Program is an alternate pathway program for high school girls 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. The program runs from February to May and has capacity for 100 motivated students to participate each year.
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 and digital literacy 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.
High school girls in Year 11 and 12 completing their studies at an Australian or New Zealand school, who will be applying for an eligible engineering degree at UNSW Sydney and expecting an ATAR within the FEAS eligibility range.
The 2023 GIE FEAS Program is CLOSED for registrations.
The 2024 program will open early in Term 4 for new registrations.
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.
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 and digital literacy.
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 each year 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 May, 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. You will also have access to Learning Modules, webinars and Q+A's to keep you on track.
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.
The following degrees are included in this scheme, however please consult the most recent UNSW Handbook to confirm intake period.
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, however we recommend allocating one to two hours each week to go through the Learning Modules, and allowing a good amount of time to produce your video. 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 May. 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 May, 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.
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.