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Information for students

UTS: Communication offers degrees by coursework and degrees by research – these two study areas have separate information and administration services available to students.

The UTS Student Centre provides student administration services to coursework students. It coordinates a wide range of activities including enrolment, identification of potential graduands, processing of student leave applications, special consideration applications and variation of programs via e-requests.

The research degrees administrator provides similar assistance to postgraduate research students.

Location, contacts and inquiries

UTS Student Centre

CB10.2 – Building 10, level 2
235 Jones St
NSW 2007
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
UTS: Communication

Research Degrees Administrator

City campus
Broadway NSW 2007
telephone +61 2 9514 4512
UTS: Communication, Research

Statement on scholarly work and its presentation

Scholarly work involves working with texts by authors in different fields. These authors have intellectual property rights to their work, so in the scholarly process of quotation, commentary, paraphrase and interpretation, specific rules or protocols must be observed. These apply to audiovisual texts as well as to writing.

In the production of work by students in UTS: Communication, the protocol to be observed is the acknowledgment of the work of other authors, whether this work takes the form of an idea, a section of text, sounds or images. Unacknowledged copying, paraphrasing or summarising can be considered plagiarism if it is 'passed off as one's own' (The Macquarie Dictionary, 2009). Work involving plagiarism is not accepted for assessment and may be the subject of disciplinary action.

Conventions for acknowledgment are well established but take different forms. It is the responsibility of students to familiarise themselves with these conventions and to use them. Snooks and Co., Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th edn (revised), Wiley, 2002, is useful.

Details on using information appropriately (as well as study tools, tips, and tutorials) is available at Study Skills.

International exchange and study abroad

Local students

Students at UTS can study overseas as part of their degree through either global exchange or by study abroad.

Students accepted into the international exchange program can study at an institution with which UTS has a student exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding and the student pays through HECS-HELP.

Students undertaking study abroad at an overseas institution enrol at that university and pay full fees to that institution.

International students

UTS: Communication welcomes students from around the world. Our courses reflect Australia's multicultural character and its cultural, commercial, media and technological links to other countries and communities. UTS is committed to the internationalisation of all its courses, which prepare students for fulfilling lives and productive careers in a globalised world. A number of staff in UTS: Communication have lived and studied overseas and maintain international connections in the arts, media, business and research.

UTS: International provides information and assistance for prospective international students.

Exchange and study abroad

Students who are already enrolled in an overseas university course and who wish to study in Australia for one or two sessions can enrol in subjects through international exchange or study abroad arrangements. Exchange students come from institutions with which UTS has a student exchange agreement and pay fees through their home institution. Study abroad students apply directly and pay fees to UTS as their university does not have a formal exchange agreement.

Subject selection

Undergraduate students can apply to enrol in subjects listed in the individual undergraduate programs. Note that access to subjects in media arts and production is restricted to students who have already completed introductory subjects in these areas at their home institution.

Postgraduate students can select from the range of subjects listed in individual postgraduate programs.

Students must meet the subject prerequisite requirements indicated in the subject descriptions. Students are also advised to ensure that the subjects they select satisfy course requirements at their home institution.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses

International students can apply for any of the full-time courses offered by UTS: Communication that appear in this handbook.

Australian Language and Culture Studies

The Australian Language and Culture Studies program provides English language development through the study of Australian society and culture. Subjects may be undertaken only by study abroad or exchange students who have an English language test score lower than the UTS entry requirement.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is IELTS: 5.0-6.0 overall with a writing score of 5.0; TOEFL: paper based: 417-549 overall with TWE of 3.0, internet based: 35-78 overall with a writing score of 17.

Students may study subjects in the program for one session then take an IELTS or TOEFL test. Students who then meet the UTS entry requirements can enrol in UTS faculty subjects for the second session via UTS Exchange. The subjects available in the program are:

  • 59709 Australian Conversations
  • 59722 Neighbourhoods and Stories
  • 59711 Natural Australia
  • 59712 Australian Language Studies
  • 59713 Australian Media
  • 59714 Australians at Work

Further information is available from UTS: International:

telephone + 61 2 9514 1798
fax + 61 2 9514 7843