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University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a research-intensive university located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1951, UOW offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs across a diverse range of disciplines. With a strong focus on practical, hands-on learning and real-world experience, UOW prepares students for successful careers and lives. The university has a reputation for excellence in research and is ranked among the top universities in Australia and globally.

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University of Wollongong

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Wollongong.

  • Rankings

    The University of Wollongong consistently ranks highly in international rankings. In 2021, it was ranked in the top 400 universities globally by QS World University Rankings and placed in the top 2% of universities worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is also ranked among the top 100 universities in Australia by both organizations. These rankings reflect the university's commitment to providing excellent education and research opportunities to its students.

  • Employability

    The University of Wollongong offers a comprehensive career service to its students, named "Careers Central." It provides personalized career guidance and resources to help students develop their skills, identify career opportunities and secure their dream job. The university also partners with a variety of employers to provide internships and graduate programs, further preparing students for the workforce. Career Central hosts events, workshops, and job fairs to connect students with potential employers and help them transition from study to work.

  • Fees

    The University of Wollongong offers a range of fees for its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Domestic students can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 per year, depending on the program they choose. International students can expect to pay anywhere from $22,000 to $38,000 per year. Domestic Students are encouraged to check if they are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place or for the FEE-HELP programme.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Wollongong provides a range of bursaries and scholarships to support students in financing their education. These include merit-based scholarships, equity scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and scholarships for students with disabilities. The university also provides a number of subject-specific scholarships, such as those for students studying science, engineering, and health. Find out more here.


The University of Wollongong offers a variety of on-campus accommodation options, including self-contained apartments, shared apartments, and student villages. The university also provides support for students who choose to live off-campus, with a comprehensive guide to local rental properties and assistance with the rental process. All accommodation options are designed to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for students. If you are looking to find your own student home, check out our intuitive search tool at AFS—tons of conveniently located, comfortable, and affordable properties near your campus are at your fingetips!

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Students' Union

The University of Wollongong has a dynamic and engaged student association, known as the Wollongong Student Representative Council. It represents the interests of students and provides various opportunities for students to get involved and make a difference on campus. The student association organizes social events, campaigns, and supports student clubs and societies, ensuring a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

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University of Wollongong Students' Union

Famous for

The university's iAccelerate program is the largest university-led startup accelerator in Australia. It is also home to the SMART Infrastructure Facility, a world-class research center for the study of cities and infrastructure.


'Australia Day awards and honours for academics and community members'--read more here.

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