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Whether you’re wanting a quality degree, a social life at uni or a job when you graduate, here are important questions to ask about UOW in South Western Sydney.

You could be forgiven for thinking the University of Wollongong is located… in Wollongong. But UOW actually has nine campuses throughout NSW (and a few overseas).

The newest campus can be found in Liverpool, in Sydney’s Great South West. In just 12 short months it has become a small community brought together by education, but made closer through clubs on campus, lunches on the rooftop and the amazing uni experience that UOW is known for. Here are the top questions to ask if you’re thinking about going to uni in at UOW South Western Sydney.

How highly is this university rated?

If you’re going to invest years of your time and effort into your education, you want to make sure your degree at the end is highly regarded.

The UOW South Western Sydney campus not only offers a range of undergrad, postgrad and vocational courses – UOW is a leading uni in all of the study areas on offer.

In the 2017 QILT rankings, UOW was the top university in NSW for Business and Management; Law and Paralegal Studies; Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences; and Health Services and Support. Meaning your learning experience will be first-class and your degree will be recognised.

For many students, it’s also important to earn a degree from a university that has a good reputation and one that is respected across the globe.

The federal government rated UOW in 2017 as the number one uni in NSW and the top university in Australia for postgraduate study. UOW is also among the top two per cent of universities in the WORLD.

“Reputation was a huge factor in my decision-making process and UOW has such an impressive reputation and quality of education ranking.” – Ryan Yturralde

Will my uni degree help me get a job?

University is the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and qualification to pursue a career. But, at UOW you’ll also gain the practical experience you need to step straight into the workforce. Through practical learning subjects, our CareerSmart program and opportunities to undertake internships as part of your degree, you will graduate work-ready.

This is why as a UOW graduate, you’ll become part of a group of graduates who are ranked among the top 1% in the world by global employers.

Will I have experienced teachers?

The degrees taught at UOW South Western Sydney campus are delivered by experienced lecturers and academic who are leaders in their fields. They are the reason UOW is the top-rated university in NSW for Teaching Quality.

Will I get academic support?

We are all in this together, so from day one of your degree at UOW you will supported.
StartSmart: Introduces you to key skills and responsibilities you need to know as a university student.
PASS: During free Peer Assisted Study Sessions, you’ll learn from students who have previously completed, and excelled at the subject you’re currently learning.
PACS: Peer Academic Coaches draw on their own experiences to help answer all of your academic questions.

“I was ecstatic to find out that one of the best universities in Australia for the subjects I’m interested in had opened a campus in my city. A lot of effort has been put into making it fun and engaging for everybody.” – Taylor Lee

What if I experience a personal issue that affects my study?

You never know when you may need a little help. UOW offers free and confidential counselling and financial advising services for students who are struggling emotionally or financially. Student Support Advisers are another way to get advice and support on campus. They provide programs to help if you are having an issue that affects your study. An Ally network is also there for students who identify as part of the LGBTI community.

Is there a social side to uni, or a focus on wellbeing?

We believe that happy students do better. So, if you want more out of uni, you can join the UOW SWS Gamers club (or create your own club), enjoy rooftop barbecues and get involved with other social events organised by the University. It’s all part of the experience that UOW is known for – and it’s why our students are among the happiest in the country. In the 2018 Good Universities Guide, UOW received five-stars across all measures of student experience.

“I chose to study at UOW South Western Sydney Campus because I had heard so much about UOW and how the culture is amazing. The SWS campus has a laid back feel to it and has so many rooms for studying, relaxing and also a rooftop for barbecues and socialising.” – Alexandra Grozdanovski

Can I travel or gain other life experience as part of my degree?

If you love to travel, do it cheaper as a student. UOW’s study abroad and exchange programs mean you can see the world while you continue studying as part of your degree. The Uni is partnered with more than 170 overseas institutions – where’s your next classroom?

“I wanted to study somewhere that I could join clubs, go overseas for volunteer work or do things that I could look back and tell people I’ve not only gained knowledge but life experience too.” – Muhamad Sahid

How will I get to uni each day?

Whether you love mum’s cooking, or love a sleep-in, having a world-class uni in Liverpool means there’s no need to commute. Students are already gaining valuable qualifications close to home. UOW students can access a free community shuttle bus (there is a bus stop right outside campus), the rapid bus transit-way or get to class via train, bike or car. Imagine what you could do with all that time you would have spent commuting?

“One day I saw the new campus advertised in Liverpool, so choosing to study at UOW wasn’t a hard decision for me. I knew what I wanted to study and the course was available at the campus, which is not far to me to get to. It was the University’s reputation that had the most influence on me deciding to go to UOW.” – Henry Vo

Can I study a double degree?

As of 2018, you will be able to get twice as much out of uni with Law double degrees on offer at UOW in Liverpool.

  • Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Bachelor of Laws

How do I apply?

If you’re a current Year 12 student, you can apply to study at UOW South Western Sydney through UAC.

If you’re a non-school leaver (mature age student) who has finished school or TAFE, on a gap year, or are simply looking for a career with more purpose, you can apply directly to UOW.

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