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University of Wollongong

Why the University of Wollongong?

At a glance

  • The University of Wollongong (abbreviated as UOW) is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney. As of 2017, the university had more than 32,000 students (including over 12,800 international students from 134 countries), an alumni base of more than 131,859 and over 2,400 staff members…
  • Studying at UOW is bigger than showing up for class each day. It’s joining a community of students at our campuses worldwide and those at our Wollongong campus who are helping to shape the region into the ultimate university destination.
  • From rural Australia to the other side of the world, UOW is filled with people from various backgrounds. About 28 per cent of students are from regional and rural areas. A diverse cohort of international students is also proud to call Wollongong home.
  • Almost 10,000 students commence at our University each year. They’re supported by staff working in teaching, research, and professional services, who play a vital role within the Illawarra, enriching its culture, diversity and economy.
  • UOW is committed to new industries and the jobs of the future. We prepare our students for those jobs, and we help create those jobs through education, research and innovation. Central to this is UOW’s Innovation Campus, an award-winning research and technology precinct located in Wollongong. Already, 15 innovative organisations worldwide have co-located at the site with UOW’s leading research institutes. This campus is also home to the iAccelerate Centre, designed to help foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and grow innovative startup businesses.

The reasons to choose the University of Wollongong

  1. Faculties – With five faculties – Business; Engineering and Information Sciences; Law, Humanities and the Arts; Science, Medicine and Health; and Social Sciences, UOW currently offers over 300-degree programs across undergraduate and postgraduate levels to more than 32,000 students around the world.
  2. Research strengths – UOW Global Challenges Program is designed to harness the expertise of our world-class researchers and partners to transform lives and regions. The University’s Innovation Campus allows innovative companies and organisations to locate alongside and collaborate with its leading research institutes, including:
    • The Australian Institute of Innovative Materials (AIIM)
    • The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
    • The iAccelerate Centre, an innovation accelerator housing over 280 start-up entrepreneurs.

    UOW’s other research institutes include the Early Start Research Institute (ESRI), the Smart Infrastructure Research Facility (SMART), the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and the newly established Molecular Horizons: Centre for Molecular and Life Sciences.

  3. Facilities – focusing on better health outcomes, early childhood research, sustainability, and scientific advancement, UOW’s Wollongong campus is home to several research facilities that integrate UOW researchers, students and the community to solve local and global challenges.Already home to more than 15 organisations, UOW’s Innovation Campus (iC) is a 33-hectare research and technology precinct located in Wollongong. It encourages innovative organisations worldwide to co-locate with UOW’s leading research institutes in a collaborative campus environment.
  4. A global universityUOW has a strong international focus and reputation, with close to 6000 international students studying across its Australian campuses each year. UOW Dubai has been in operation for more than 20 years. In 2015 UOW became the first-ever overseas-based university to enter Hong Kong when it was selected to take custodianship of the Community College of City University Hong Kong (CCCU) and transform CCCU into an international campus.The University also has three campuses in Greater Sydney (Sydney CBD, Southern Sydney at Loftus and South West Sydney at Liverpool) and at Nowra, Batemans Bay and Bega on the NSW South Coast, and Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands.
  5. Real-world learningUOW is recognized as a global leader in discovery and learning and embraces both technology and practical learning to maximise student success. The University works in tandem with community partners enabling learning through immersion in the workforce. It collaborates with educators, professionals, researchers and students to inform when, how and why students learn. UOW is consistently adapting to changing workforce needs and new industries, offering face to face learning, distance education and online courses.

Let’s explore the campus!


Pathways to the University of Wollongong

UOW degrees give you options for how and what you learn. They equip graduates to meet the needs of a changing world and succeed not just in their jobs but also also also in their careers.

  1. High School Students
  2. Postgraduate Students
  3. International Students
  4. Mature Students
  5. UOW College and Pathways
  6. Global Campuses

Study Options


  • UOW was rated Australia’s leading public university for undergraduate student experience in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.
  • Highest ranked university in NSW overall for undergraduate study on The Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2018.
  • Highest ranked university in NSW for postgraduate study for Learner Engagement and Generic Skills Scale on QILT 2018
  • Employers are more satisfied with UOW graduates than graduates from all other NSW universities (QILT) 2017.

Australian Locations

1. Wollongong – UOW’s main Wollongong campus is set in the native Australian bush and one of Australia’s most picturesque university campuses. Less than two kilometres east is UOW’s Innovation Campus – a research and technology precinct that houses innovative organisations and some of UOW’s leading research institutes.

  • Wollongong
  • Innovation Campus

2. Sydney – UOW has two campuses in Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and a new campus in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions, the Great South West.

  • Southern Sydney (Loftus)
  • South Western Sydney (Liverpool)
  • Sydney CBD (Circular Quay)

3. Regional – In 1993, UOW established the first of its regional campuses in Shoalhaven. Since then, the network has been extended so that residents of other regional areas can benefit from a university education close to home.

  • Batemans Bay
  • Bega
  • Shoalhaven (Nowra)
  • Southern Highlands (Moss Vale)

International Locations

Beyond Australia, UOW has campuses in the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, and Singapore. UOW has also established partnerships with several international education institutions to provide students with opportunities to access quality education delivered by UOW outside Australia.

UOW campus locations

  • Central China Normal University (CCNU) Wollongong Joint Institute
  • UOW Malaysia KDU
  • UOW College Hong Kong
  • The University of Wollongong in Dubai

Transnational education partners

  • PSB Academy, Singapore
  • The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

Twinning arrangements

  • Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Zhengzhou University
  • Tianjin Polytechnic University


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