Western Sydney University

With 6 campus spread across Greater Western Sydney that encompass many of the region's historical, architectural, and cultural sites, WSU is seen as an example of living heritage and one of the "great universities" of Australia. 

WSU has a total of about 36,000 students over its six campuses. It is ranked in the top 70 out of universities under 50 years of age (QS 2020). WSU is also ranked #1 in Australia in Times Higher Education's University Impact Rankings (THE 2019).

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and "Australian full year" (Winter 2022 + Fall 2022)

Priority deadline: January 11, 2021


NOTE: Applications for Winter 2021 UGo virtual exchanges are open until October 28, 2020. First come, first considered for available spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Student experience

About Western Sydney University

Program details

Areas of Study: WSU offers a wide variety of programs, including Biology, Biomedical Science, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Food Science, Forensics, Health Science, International Studies, Law, Math, Music, Natural Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, Sport Studies, Translation, Visual Communication and more.

Course requirements: Courses at WSU are called "units" or "subjects". Exchange students are expected to take 30-40 credit points (typically 3-4 units) per semester.

The academic year is divided into 2 sessions.

  • Autumn session runs from mid-February to late June.
  • Spring session runs from mid-July to late November.

Students can start in either session, however full year students must start in February.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    It is recommended that students budget around AUS$500 per week to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Cost of living estimates can be found online.

    Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    Sydney cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

Exchange students to WSU who wish to live on-campus are guaranteed housing through WSU Village. Village sites are located at each campus and offer a range of multi-resident apartments (3-6 students each) with private bedrooms, private or shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen. The Villages also have studios available, which are self-contained apartments with bed, kitchen, and ensuite bath.

Students can also seek off-campus accommodation, either in the form of private housing or by renting a room in a shared house, though WSU recommends that students wait until they attend an accommodation information session (held before the semester starts) before making any financial committments. There is also the option for students to apply for a homestay with a local Australian family. Because of this range in housing types, rental fees can vary drastically. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What's special about Sydney and WSU?

Sydney Opera House aside, there's plenty of intriguing angles to the largest Australian city. Check out some online resources to learn what makes Sydney unique!

WSU has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

What resources are available for students? 

WSU runs a mandatory Orientation Program for incoming international students with a variety of informative and social events. They also offer a complimentary airport pick-up for international students.

What supports or services are available at WSU?

WSU's Disability Services provides comprehensive academic support to students with disabilities.
WSU also has many services available for LGBTQ+ people and a strong Ally Network through the university.

WSU's semester starts with a mandatory online orientation session on 19 February 2021. Lectures run from 1 March to 27 June 2021 (including final exams). 

Courses at WSU are called "units". You can search for units here: http://handbook.westernsydney.edu.au/hbook/

  • Select "Unit search", then "Autumn" session, as this corresponds to Winter 2021. Note that virtual exchange students can only take units which have the campus/teaching mode listed as "online". Undergraduate classes are listed as "level" 1-3. 
  • Available subject areas include: History, Politics/IR, Journalism, Media/Communications, Sociology, Religious Studies, Public Health, and more. 

A full-time courseload at WSU is 3-4 units, however virtual exchange students are allowed to take 1-2 units in combination with UCalgary courses, if desired. You will pay only UCalgary tuition fees. 

*Note: First-year UCalgary students are eligible to apply for this program!

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.