More than 13 000 students from over 120 countries are enrolled at UNSW, the highest international student population at any university in NSW.

A range of support services are available to students through Student Life: Student Hub, and in particular through Student Development who offer pre-arrival and mentoring programs, workshops and consultation services.

ESOS requirements

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the ESOS National Code provides the legislative framework for education to protect the interests of students coming to Australia to study. ESOS compliance is a university-wide responsibility led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

The laws promote quality education for overseas students as well as their obligations and restrictions. UNSW is required to monitor and report on some of these conditions to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Information provided by students may be made available to Australian Government agencies as required by the ESOS Act and related legislation.

Students are provided with Visa Conditions and an ESOS Fact Sheet when they arrive in Australia. 

For personalised advice, students should contact Student Development International for a consultation.

Visa information

There are a number of conditions on international student visas tied to academic choices and progression. Students can access general Visa holder information online or can seek individual advice from advisors within Student Development International.


All student visa holders require overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia as part of their ESOS responsibilities. UNSW’s preferred provider is Medibank.

Students can find more information online or by discussing with their local Medibank branch.

Student support

International students have a range of support services available to them through Student Life and Learning. Their first point of contact would be Student Development International, who will offer advice on all student issues.

Student Development
02 9385 5333

Other academic, engagement and career related information can be accessed from Student Life and Learning services. For a full list of all services, see  our Student Life and Learning Resource Directory.