University profile

University of New England

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2018/19 edition

About University of New England

UNE is located in the city of Armidale in the heart of the picturesque New England Tableland region of New South Wales, Australia, and is one of Australia's oldest universities. UNE offers a wide range of courses on campus or via distance education at all levels. Our academics have world-class reputations in areas such as rural science, agricultural, economics, law, environmental management, science, education, nursing, health and rural medicine.

UNE is located in beautiful natural surroundings and offers academic excellence, making it the premier choice for international students.

As a regional university, UNE offers students a unique living and learning experience and the chance to see the 'real' Australia outside a capital city. UNE is known for its vibrant community lifestyle and high educational standards. Armidale is ideally located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and is a two and a half hour drive from the Pacific Coast.

UNE offers internationally recognised degrees in addition to an extensive residential college system, outstanding sporting facilities and highly awarded teaching staff.

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Online university rankings list

Online Study Australia has ranked UNE number one in their national list of Australia’s best online universities. UNE is also ranked in the top three for our Arts, Business, Education, Law, and Science courses specifically.

Outstanding results for UNE’s research quality

The University of New England has been recognised for its longstanding world-class research with outstanding results in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) findings. For the first time, UNE has achieved the highest rating of 5* (“well above world standard”) in not just one, but nine fields: Geology, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Animal Production, Human Movement and Sport Science and Other Medical and Health Sciences.

GUG: Good University Guide 2019: UNE has been awarded five stars for ‘Overall Student Experience’ for the 13th year in a row, a record unmatched by any other Australian public university.

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Masters by coursework available

  • Master of Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Data Science
  • Master of Economic and Regional Development
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Education (TESOL)
  • Master of Environmental Science and Management
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Information Technology (Business)
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Scientific Studies
  • Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (HASSE)

The faculty is strategically positioned as a multidisciplinary academic unit for teaching, research and professional engagement, responsible for delivering services through the School of Education and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The Faculty aspires to lead through academic excellence in learning and teaching, research, and engagement with the professions and industries; and to influence public policy, professional practice and community life across our diverse disciplines. It supports an outstanding learning and student experience through provision of a range of courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to prepare our graduates to achieve their potential in a complex and changing global environment. The Faculty undertakes world-class research, strengthened by collaboration across disciplines including strong partnerships with professions, industry, and other institutions.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health (M&H)

The faculty is at the forefront of medical futures, and has been established to ensure UNE is best placed to prepare students for the world ahead.

Health is a growing and rapidly changing sector. New preventive approaches, new technologies, new diagnostic tests and curative procedures are reshaping the way we think about Medicine. Student health professionals are entering a field that is opening up before them.

The Faculty offers courses, training, and research opportunities in a full range of scientific and clinical disciplines, including Psychology, Health Sciences, Counselling, Health Management, Nursing, Social Work, Medicine and Pharmacy. We are committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations through diverse programmes, collaborative research, and strong community partnerships.

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law (SABL)

The faculty is an innovative collaboration of scientists, researchers, and academics designed to deliver cutting-edge education and real-world learning. Join a Faculty of over 700 staff and postgraduate students with international reach and active industry collaborations and partners across Asia and Africa.

The Faculty’s internationally ranked research was assessed as ‘well above world class’ by the Excellence in Research Australia assessment. SABL are committed to outcomes that positively impact our communities, industry, and government; both nationally and globally.

SABL integrate knowledge disciplines to provide solutions to important issues facing the world such as feeding and caring for a growing population, understanding our planet, predicting and managing forces across our communities, emerging natural resources, and understanding and optimising human well-being and performance.

Visit the Schools of Environmental and Rural Science, Law, Science and Technology, and the UNE Business School to connect with staff, students, alumni, and centres.

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Future career prospects

The Good Universities Guide (GUG) has awarded UNE five stars for “Overall Student Experience” for the 13th year in a row. In related rankings, GUG ranked UNE as the State’s top university for Student Support and Teaching Quality. UNE’s graduates also have the state’s highest starting salary upon entering the workforce, and the University has the highest proportion of “first in family” graduates.

“It is due to the hard work and capability of our staff that UNE’s students feel well supported, and a testament to this support that UNE is a top-rating university for graduate employment and graduate starting salary.” Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan.

English language centre

The UNE English Language Centre provides intensive courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and General English (GE). Placement in formal degree programs is guaranteed for suitably qualified applicants who complete their EAP English course satisfactorily.

Facilities and support arrangements


The university provides airport reception and an orientation programme. Support services include English language and study skills programs, health cover assistance, family support and advice, visa renewals and work permits, welfare and advisory services, student clubs and societies, accommodation assistance and places of religious worship (including a mosque where students can purchase Halal food). There is also a number of libraries on the campus. The sporting facilities include 12 hectares of playing fields, tennis and squash courts, a heated swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium and other indoor recreation facilities.

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Fees, funding and costs

Living costs in Australia

Migration regulations in Australia require international students to show evidence that they can afford the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.

While international students may be able to supplement their income with money earned through part-time work in Australia, the ‘living costs’ requirement helps to support the success of students in their studies by ensuring that they don’t have to rely on such work to meet all their expenses.

Prospective student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet living costs requirements:

  • A$20,290 a year for the main student
  • A$7,100 a year for the student’s partner
  • A$3,040 a year for each child

Students must demonstrate that the funds they are relying upon to meet the costs of studying in Australia will be genuinely available to them during their stay in Australia.

The figures above are indicative only and costs can vary significantly depending on your situation. You should be prepared in case your living costs are greater than the indicated figures.

Location

Armidale is located in between the metropolitan capitals of Sydney and Brisbane. It is a centrally located city in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Transport links to Armidale are excellent, with daily flights operating to and from Sydney (serviced by QantasLink and ReX). Armidale also has daily rail service to and from Sydney as well as daily bus links to both Sydney and Brisbane. The New England Highway, a major roadway linkage for motorists between Brisbane and Sydney, runs through Armidale. Other highways offer direct connection to the coast and major centres in the State’s northwest. In Armidale itself, there is a regular bus service stopping at major points within the city, including regular trips between the city centre and the university.

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Accommodation

On-campus

UNE's residential accommodation consists of seven colleges, including six traditional college residences, a village of self-contained units and the modern studio apartments at Wright College, complete with your own private kitchen and bathroom. The Residential System gives you the benefit of academic, social and personal support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.

‘Whatever your lifestyle choice, we have an accommodation style to suit you’

Off-Campus

College accommodation may not suit everyone. If you would prefer to live off-campus, UNE Life can help you find shared accommodation, private board and local rentals in Armidale. Most students studying at UNE choose to live in share houses or apartments. Shared housing is a great way to meet new friends and be a part of a learning and social environment off campus. In considering off-campus living you should take into account the terms of tenancy agreements including costs such as power, water and communications as well as transport arrangements to and from campus.

Culture

Known as the cultural and educational centre of the north, Armidale is proud of The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), which houses two major art collections of over 1,200 works, including paintings by famous Australian artists Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. Theatre also plays an active part in Armidale life and local theatre companies also offer plays on a regular basis. The Armidale orchestra, jazz band, Armidale city band and the youth orchestra hold regular concerts and a variety of local and imported rock and dance bands regularly perform at venues across the city. Armidale has many clubs and hotels where people of all ages and nationalities can socialise, listen to music, dance the night away or just relax – which is especially good outdoors on a warm summer night!

Climatically, Armidale is one of the relatively few areas in Australia that enjoys four distinct seasons, with spectacular autumns, frosty winters, glorious summers and rejuvenating springtimes.

How to apply

Admission information for international students

If you are an international student and you wish to study one of the following programs at UNE, you should apply online:

  • Undergraduate (bachelor) programmes
  • Postgraduate (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters) coursework programs
  • English language centre programmes
  • Individual UNE units (Non-Award)

Contact details

Email
international.admission@une.edu.au
Telephone
+61 2 6773 2135
Address
University of New England
Armidale
2351
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