As Study Abroad or Exchange student, you can choose subjects from most disciplines across UTS. You can tailor a cross-disciplinary study program designed to meet your interests, help you develop a specialisation, or gain a unique insight into Australian culture.
Start out by using our Study Abroad and Exchange Subject Guides below. These guides focus on key study areas and are an easy way to locate our more popular subjects. Additionally you can search the UTS Handbook for all subjects and majors (there are many to choose from!)
Study Abroad and Exchange Subject Guides
- Arts and Social Sciences
- Communication (PDF, 115kB) - includes non-traditional communications subjects such as Sports Media; Digital Information Management; Social and Political Sciences; Music and Sound Design; to highlight a few.
- Education (PDF, 90kB)
- International Studies and Languages (PDF, 94kB) - covers International and Global Studies with topics such as Globalisation, Global Economy and Global Governance, language and cultural studies.
- Business (PDF, 108kB)
- Design, Architecture and Building (DAB) (PDF, 261kB)
- Electives (PDF, 157kB) - introductory subjects that do not have pre-requisites.
- Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)
- Health (PDF, 96kB)
- Public Policy (PDF, 610KB)
- Science (PDF, 100kB)
- Transdisciplinary and Innovation (PDF, 71kB)
Note: The Study Abroad and Exchange Subject Guides are an easy way to find information on subjects; however, you will need to refer to the UTS Handbook for more detailed information. To confirm the session availability of subjects, we recommend you also review the subject entry in the UTS Timetable Planner. Step-by-step instructions for how to do this can be found in the Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Subjects as a Study Abroad and Exchange Student (PDF, 3MB).
Go Beyond - Theme your study abroad experience
Want to focus on a particular topic during your time at UTS? Theme your experience!
UTS offers you the chance to theme your study abroad experience. You can specialise in a topic for a teaching session, and receive a certificate of specialisation at the end! It's your chance to build connections in an area that interests you, meet people, and enhance your employability skills.
The topic(s) that you can specialise in:
Tips for selecting subjects
How can I find subjects at UTS?
The Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Subjects as a Study Abroad and Exchange Student (PDF, 3MB) shows you how to use the UTS Handbook which provides comprehensive information on UTS subjects. You can use these detailed to get study approvals from your home university. The Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Subjects as a Study Abroad and Exchange Student also shows you how to use the UTS Timetable Planner.
Is the subject undergraduate or postgraduate?
Undergraduate subjects (Bachelor's degree level) and postgraduate subjects (Master's degree level) are available to Study Abroad and Exchange students. If you have not completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor's degree (e.g. 180 ECTS), you will not be able to undertake postgraduate subjects.
- What if the subjects have prerequisites?
If a subject has prerequisites, you must demonstrate that you have the required knowledge to take the subject based on previous studies. You will need to supply detailed subject outlines (in English) of the subjects you have already completed at your home institution.
- Will the subject be credited to my degree?
When selecting subjects, it is important to keep in mind how you will use them for credit at your home institution. Always check with your home institution's Study Abroad or Exchange academic adviser regarding the suitability of your subject selections.
- Is the subject offered during the right teaching session for me?
You can check when subjects are available by referring to the UTS timetable. Some subjects are offered only in Autumn session or Spring session, but not in both. Details of subjects are available in the UTS Handbook. The Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Subjects as a Study Abroad and Exchange Student (PDF, 3MB) shows you how to use the UTS Timetable Planner.
If you need assistance with choosing your subjects, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The academic year at UTS is divided into two Main Sessions:
Autumn session from March to July
- Spring session from July to November
Most subjects are taught according to the Main Session calendar. Note: Graduate School of Health and Teacher Education courses operate on an different calendar, Calendar B.
Autumn Calendar B starts earlier in Autumn (i.e. February) and ends the same time as Main Session Autumn.
Spring Calendar B starts before or at the same time as Main session Spring and ends later in Spring (i.e. December).
Students in these study areas will need to select only Calendar B subjects. Students cannot select subjects across both Main Session Calendar and Calendar B.
Full details of all UTS teaching sessions are available in the Principal Dates section of the UTS: Handbook.
Key dates for Study Abroad and Exchange students
Please note the Main Session and Calendar B date differences mentioned above under Academic Year. Full details of all UTS teaching sessions are available in the Principal Dates section of the UTS Handbook.
|MAIN SPRING session 2019 (JULY – november)||Key Dates|
|Orientation||Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2019|
|Main Spring Session Commences||Monday 22 July 2019|
|Last Day to Enrol in a Class||Monday 5 August 2019|
|Census Day (Last day to withdraw from a class)||Friday 23 August 2019|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 9 – Sunday 15 September 2019|
|Examination Timetable Released||Friday 20 September 2019|
|Public Holiday Labour Day (No Classes)||Monday 7 October 2019|
|Formal Classes End||Friday 18 October 2019|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 21 – Friday 25 October 2019|
|Final Assessment or Exam Period||Saturday 26 October – Saturday 9 November 2019|
|Alternative examination period / Calendar B examination period||Monday 18 – Friday 22 November 2019|
|Supplementary examinations / Calendar B alternative examination period||Wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 December 2019|
|Results Released||Saturday 30 November 2019|
|MAIN Autumn session 2020 (March – July)||Key Dates|
|Orientation||Monday 24 February – Friday 6 March 2020|
|Main Autumn Session Commences||Monday 9 March 2020|
|Last Day to Enrol in a Class||Monday 23 March 2020*|
|Census Day (Last day to withdraw from a class)||Tuesday 7 April 2020|
|Public Holiday Good Friday (No Classes)||Friday 10 April 2020|
|Public Holiday Easter Monday (No Classes)||Monday 13 April 2020|
|Public Holiday ANZAC Day (No Classes)||Saturday 25 April 2020|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 20 – Sunday 26 April 2020|
|Examination Timetable Released||Friday 8 May 2020*|
|Formal Classes End||Friday 5 June 2020|
|Public Holiday Queen’s Birthday (No Classes)||Monday 8 June 2020|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 8 – Friday 12 June 2020|
|Final Assessment or Exam Period||Saturday 13 June – Saturday 27 June 2020|
|Results Released||Monday 13 July 2020*|
*Dates to be confirmed
|MAIN SPRING session 2020 (March - July)||Key Dates|
|Orientation||Monday 27 – Friday 31 July 2020|
|Main Spring Session Commences||Monday 27 July 2020|
|Last Day to Enrol in a Class||Monday 10 August 2020*|
|Census Day (Last day to withdraw from a class)||Tuesday 25 August 2020|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 14 – Sunday 20 September 2020|
|Examination Timetable Released||Friday 25 September 2020*|
|Public Holiday Labour Day (No Classes)||Monday 5 October 2020|
|Formal Classes End||Friday 23 October 2020|
|STUVAC (Study Vacation) Assessments may be held during this week||Monday 26 – Friday 30 October 2020|
|Final Assessment or Exam Period||Saturday 31 October – Saturday 14 November 2020|
|Results Released||Monday 30 November 2020*|
*Dates to be confirmed
Study Abroad and Exchange students must enrol in a full-time load at UTS. The full-time study load is 18-24 credit points per session. Credit points apply to all subjects (except higher degree research programs) and represent a measure of the student workload by subject. Most subjects at UTS are 6 credit points each except for those offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which are 8 credit points, and some Law subjects, which may also be 8 credit points.
Refer to the descriptions in the UTS Handbook for information about subjects offered at UTS.
Generally, Study Abroad and Exchange students enrol in three or four subjects per session at UTS.
As a guide for European students:
- 1 UTS credit point = 1.25 ECTS credits
- 6 UTS credit points = 7.5 ECTS credits
- 8 UTS credit points = 10 ECTS credits
- 24 UTS credit points = 30 ECTS credits
As a guide for US students:
- 6 UTS credit point = approx. 4 US Credit Hours
- 8 UTS credit points = approx. 5 US Credit Hours
- 24 UTS credit points = approx. 15 or 16 US Credit Hours
Visiting Research students enrol in one 24-credit point Dissertation Subject each session.
Teaching and learning
Most UTS subjects are taught through a mix of lectures and tutorials. Some subjects incorporate seminars, presentations, laboratory work and/or individual study. Lectures, tutorials, seminars or laboratory sessions normally total between 12 and 24 hours per week.
Assessment, examination and grading
Information on coursework assessment for each subject is provided at the beginning of each session. Written assignments, tutorial participation, practical work, group work, projects, short tests or seminar presentations may all form part of the assessment. In some subjects, the final examination may be worth 20 to 60 per cent of the final subject grade. Some subjects have no final examinations.
H - High Distinction
Work of outstanding quality on all objectives of the subject.
D – Distinction
Work of superior quality on all objectives of the subject.
C – Credit
Work of good quality showing more than satisfactory achievement on all objectives of the subject.
P – Pass
Work showing a satisfactory achievement on all objectives of the subject.
Z – Fail
Work showing an unsatisfactory achievement on one or more objectives of the subject.
Important note: Some subjects award only a Pass or Fail and a grade or mark will not be provided.
UTS International automatically issue transcripts at the end of each session. The transcript is a record of subjects studied, final grades and marks awarded.
- As a Exchange student, you will receive your UTS academic transcripts through your home institution. At the end of each session, UTS International sends two academic transcripts to the international office at your home university.
- As a Study Abroad student, one original transcript is sent to your home address. Upon request, an official copy of the transcript can also be sent to your home institution for credit transfer processing. Your home institution will determine how credit will be transferred. Students who successfully complete the UTS Study Abroad program are also issued with a Certificate of Completion. This is issued with your academic transcripts from UTS.
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