The admissions process

If you have applied to UNE as an International student, here's what happens next.

1. We consider your application and contact you 

If you meet the academic requirements for a coursework program, we will send you a conditional or unconditional Offer Letter. If you have applied for a PhD, you will be notified of the outcome after the university has assessed your application, approved your research topic, and allocated academic supervisors.

If your application isn't successful, we will let you know in writing.

2. We let you know if you need to do an extra assessment

Applicants from certain countries must undergo an extra assessment to determine they meet Genuine Student (GS), Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and financial evidence requirements.

Your Offer Letter outlines what you need to do.

You must not pay any tuition fees before we let you know the outcome of your assessment.

3. You can accept your offer

When you have met all the conditions in your Offer Letter and are ready to accept your offer, complete and sign the Offer Acceptance.

Your acceptance form, along with fee payment, confirms enrolment. Return your scanned copy to International Admissions.

Note: We only accept students under 18 years of age in certain circumstances, please contact UNE International for further detail.

4. We confirm your enrolment

We will process your acceptance and payment.

If you are coming to study on-campus, we will give you a Confirmation of Enrolment for your visa application. Make sure that you also attach the UNE-approved Statement of Purpose (SOP) to your online student visa application as evidence of meeting Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements.

If you are an online student, we will send you online enrolment information.

5. You can prepare for your arrival

If you plan to study on campus, arrange travel and accommodation as soon as your student visa is granted.

If you are coming to study in Armidale, please let UNE International know of your arrival details. We will pick you up from the airport or train station and take you to your accommodation.

Make sure you arrive in enough time to attend the compulsory International Student Orientation.

For more information on preparing for your arrival, see our pre-departure guide.

If you have a question at any stage during the process, please contact UNE International for help.

Tuition protection and refund

There are policies in place to protect you if you can't complete your study, or in the unlikely event that we can't deliver your full course.

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an Australian Government initiative to assist you if your education provider can't fully deliver your course. This service aims to ensure that you get the tuition you paid for or, as a last resort, a refund of unspent tuition fees.

If you need to use this service, you will be able to select a suitable replacement option online. If you don't access a replacement online, you may be eligible for a refund of your unspent tuition fees from the TPS Director.

To further protect you, TPS legislation ensures that UNE takes pre-paid course fees for no more than one study period in advance. The initial deposit you pay for your course is no more than 50% of your total course fee where the course is more than 24 weeks in duration.

Find out more about the Tuition Protection Service.

UNE's Refund of Tuition Fees Policy aligns with this service and the:

  • National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (the National Code)
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act 2000)
  • Education Services for Overseas Student Regulations 2001 (ESOS Regulations 2001)

Read UNE's Refund of Tuition Policy to understand your rights and responsibilities.