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The University of Western Sydney (UWS) began operation on January 1, 1989, under the terms of the University of Western Sydney Act, 1988, which had been passed by the New South Wales Parliament in December 1988. However, the predecessors of the University date back as far as 1891 with the establishment of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

Today the University of Western Sydney is home to thousands of students—both local and international—offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of academic and professional fields. In 2014, the University of Western Sydney celebrated its 25th anniversary as a statutory educational institution, and the university acknowledges over 200 cumulative years of bringing knowledge to life in Greater Western Sydney from their heritage and member institutions.

The University of Western Sydney: Mission, Vision and Values

The University of Western Sydney aspires to be a place that brings positive change in the lives of its students and a source of creativity and new knowledge that is relevant, robust and contributes to individual and community development.

The University's place will be at the leading edge of knowledge, providing a contemporary education that builds successful lives and careers for both students and graduates, and conducting research that speaks to the development of urban and rural regions, the new economy, cultural life and professional development.


The mission of the University of Western Sydney is “to be an institution of international standing and outlook, achieving excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and service to its regional, national and international communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney.”


UWS’s vision is to bring knowledge to life in Greater Western Sydney though community and business engagement and with their learning and research programs, focusing primarily on.

  • Bringing knowledge to life
  • The primacy of the student experience
  • Environmental and social sustainability
  • Opportunity and excellence
  • Contributing to the Region's strength and future
  • Valuing and rewarding achievement
  • A vibrant and inclusive intellectual community


The University of Western Sydney has a shared and clear set of values which underpin all that it does as a teaching and research facility.  These values include:

  • Excellence and quality in all endeavors
  • Scholarly rigor and integrity
  • Equity of access and inclusiveness
  • Collegiality and participatory decision-making
  • Academic responsibility and freedom
  • Relevance and responsibility to the community
  • Ethics and accountability

Campuses, Services and Facilities

The University of Western Sydney has seven campuses in the Greater Western Sydney region. They include the:

  • Bankstown campus
  • Nirimba Education Precinct, Blacktown campus
  • Campbelltown campus
  • Hawkesbury campus
  • Lithgow campus
  • Parramatta campus and Westmead precinct
  • Penrith campus

UWS offers a number of services and facilities to ensure students are successful, engaged and connected to the campus at which they study. These available resources, which span several categories (study resources, IT resources, etc.), include:

Study resources

  • Library
  • The University Store
  • Print Services
  • vUWS - the online learning environment at UWS
  • Bridging programs for academic writing
  • PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)
  • Hub for Academic Literacy and Learning (HALL)
  • Mathematics Education Support Hub (MESH)
  • Mature age student support

IT resources

  • IT Service Desk
  • MyMail - student email
  • AirUWS-Lite (wireless network)
  • Computer Labs

Campus services

  • Security and emergency services
  • Food and retail services
  • Gym and fitness
  • Events, recreation and sports facilities
  • On-site childcare
  • International student services

Opportunities for getting involved

  • Jobs and internships
  • Career advice and workshops
  • Exchange programs
  • Student government
  • Clubs and Societies

Student Support Services

  • Counseling services
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Disability services
  • Financial aid and student welfare
  • Student legal services

Information for International Students

If you are considering studying abroad in South Australia, you’ll be glad to know that there are a wide range of support services available to International students at the University of Western Sydney. From finding somewhere to live, finding out about your visa conditions or getting information on how you can find work in Australia, there's help available.

Below are just a few important points of contact for international students:

Student Central

Student Central is the first point of contact for enquiries and advice relating to your study at UWS and for all matters specific to International students.  

Student Welfare Service

The Student Welfare Service offers support/advice on confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or Visa related issues as well as advice on financial issues, accommodations and health related issues and can also assist with student advocacy needs.

After Hours Assistance Line

UWS has an After Hours Student Assistance Line specifically for International students. If you have a problem that must be addressed at an odd hour, you are urged to call the following number for assistance: 800-735-807. For more information on the various services available to international students, simply visit the “Services and Facilities” section of the UWS website. International students are able to use all student services at UWS, including free counseling, chaplaincy groups, legal support and much, much more.

All Programs Available:
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
  • Communications
    • Communications
    • Multimedia
  • Computing
    • Computer Programming
  • Education
    • Education
  • Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Graphic and Industrial Design Engineering
    • Engineering Science
  • Health
    • Health Occupations
    • Nursing
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Tourism
    • Hotel Management
  • Humanities
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Language Courses
    • Translation and Interpretation
  • Sciences
    • Food Sciences and Technology
    • Sociology
    • Ecology
    • Psychology
    • Athletics and exercise science
Language of instruction


Type of school

Public University


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