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School leavers who are about to lock in their university preferences can obtain all the information they need about studying at UNSW Sydney at the University’s Info Day on Saturday.

With the release of Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) this week, students will be deciding where their preferences lie and asking questions about which university will best prepare them to embark on their careers.

UNSW Info Day connects prospective students and their families with current students, academics and advisers to provide information and advice.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the UNSW community,” Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, says.

UNSW is adopting a new academic calendar, known as UNSW3+, for 2019. It is comprised of three 10-week teaching terms and an optional intensive summer term. The change in term structure, from the traditional two semesters a year, offers greater choice for students and the ability to spread workloads more evenly across the year.

It also provides students with the flexibility to easily incorporate extracurricular activities such as volunteering or an overseas experience into their study plan.

“Students will be able to take full advantage of our new flexible calendar, which will increase opportunities for exchange and internships, providing a richer university experience,” Professor Crossley says.

The University’s Head of Partnerships (Onshore), Mr Chris Lewis, says the new structure and diverse course options set UNSW apart.

“It’s not just the excellence in the classroom we focus on, we offer a diverse range of experiences which provide our graduates with a degree and a suite of accomplishments.

“Connecting the dots between bright minds, industry and building community is at the core of everything we do.”

Vanessa Zhao, Ho Jun Tang and Adrian Brossard are typical of the experiences enjoyed by students at UNSW. The trio set up a prize-winning tech company, YellowBox, this year with assistance from the UNSW Founders program. Their start-up specialises in short-term self-storage using Bluetooth technology. The innovative idea earned them $5000 as runners-up this year in the prestigious Peter Farrell Cup, a UNSW competition where start-ups pitch for funding.


The team behind YellowBox, a tech company created by UNSW students including Vanessa Zhao (right), celebrate their prize as runners-up in the 2018 Peter Farrell Cup.

“The business and entrepreneurial community was obvious to me as soon as I entered the Peter Farrell Cup competition. Everybody was willing to lend resources and knowledge, and give their input. It made the whole start-up space seem really safe and welcoming to us,” Vanessa says.

“The UNSW Founders program coached us through the whole start-up process and it’s given us a lot more direction and allowed us to focus on goals and tasks.”

  • What: UNSW Info Day
  • When: 9am – 4pm Saturday, 15 December 2018
  • Where: Advisory Centre at the John Niland Scientia Building; Lecture program at Central Lecture Block, UNSW Kensington campus.
  • Free transport and parking: Catch the free UNSW Express bus from Central Station or park for free on-campus. Check out the details on how to get to UNSW Sydney.
  • Accessibility: UNSW welcomes all visitors to the campus. Read about how our accessibility ambassadors are keeping the campus inclusive.
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If you have any questions about your degree options or Info Day please contact the UNSW Future Students office on 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679).