Getting Started - for Undergraduate Students
Before you Arrive
1. Accepting your Offer
How to accept your offer
At UNSW Canberra you will accept your offer and enrol online using the student portal, myUNSW.
Accepting online is a 2 part-process:
Part I: Accept your offer in myUNSW by the deadline to ensure your place in the program.
Part II: Confirm your personal details, complete the Military Status (if applicable) and Student Declaration sections and enrol in your courses (lectures, tutorials etc.).
Acceptance and enrolment for Semester 1 2016 is now open.
UNSW Canberra makes most of its offers in the UAC Early January Round on 5 January. A small number of offers may be made in the Main Round and Early February Round. The deadlines for accepting offers are as follows:
|Round||Offers made||Must be accepted by|
|January Round 1||5 January 2016||Friday 15 January 2016|
|Main Round||20 January 2016||Friday 29 January 2016|
|February Round 1||2 February 2016||Friday 12 February 2016|
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not accept by the dates above your offer will lapse.
We suggest working through these steps to accept your offer and enrol in your courses.
2. Create your UNIPASS
What is a UniPass?
– This is a temporary password given to all new students to access myUNSW.
– You will use myUNSW to accept your offer online and enrol in your classes.
How do I create a UniPass?
1. Use the information in your offer letter to create your UniPass. You will need:
– Your UNSW ID (e.g. z1234567) or 9 digit UAC Number (e.g. 123456789)
– Your UNSW Canberra program code (4 digit number).
2. Visit the IDM (Identity Manager) website to create your UniPass.
Once you have created your UniPass, proceed to the next checklist item and accept your offer.
If you would like further assistance with creating or retrieving your UniPass, please contact IT Services.
T: + 61 9385 1333
Alternatively you can visit the IT Services website for support.
3. How to accept your offer
Now you have your UniPass, go to myUNSW and 'Sign On' (top right hand corner). Click on the 'My Applications' Tab where you will see your offer listed and click Proceed with Offer.
Be sure to accept your offer by the deadline.
Is your name correct on your myUNSW account?
If your middle name is not included or your name is misspelt on the University's system, this will cause significant delays in your student ID card distribution.
Please take 5 minutes now to ensure that your name listed in myUNSW exactly matches your official name on your birth certificate / proof of identification. Checking this today will potentially save you many hours of delays in the future.
You will not be able to obtain a student ID card if your middle name is missing, as your name in the system must match your full legal name.
To update your official name you will need to complete the 'Change of Name' form. You will need to bring the form in person with your official identification to Student Administrative Services.
You may still continue to enrol in your courses if your name is incorrect. Mistakes with names primarily affect ID card distribution.
Enter all other personal details
To accept your offer in myUNSW, you must enter your personal contact details such as home address, email address, telephone numbers and emergency contact.
You must also complete the Military Status by selecting your ADF Service and rank
– DFR new recruits - OCDT = Army; OFCT = Air Force; MIDN = Navy)
– Advanced Students - please select your current rank)
– DCUS Students - please select DMO for both service and rank)
– Civilian Students - please leave this blank
Finally, complete the Student Declaration sections and then you can enrol in your courses (lectures, tutorials etc.).
Need help with accepting your offer? Contact Student Administrative Services (SAS).
T: 02 6268 6000
4. Create your zPass
What is a zPass?
– This is your ongoing password as a UNSW student to access all university online services.
– You will create your zPass during the acceptance process. Keep reference of it in a safe place.
– Your zPass will not activate until you have enrolled in at least 1 class.
– You will need to update your zPass every 6 months for security reasons.
How do I create a zPass?
Check out the step by step guide to setting up your zPass.
You will need to use your zPass to access many UNSW online services.
If you would like further assistance with creating or retrieving your zPass, please contact IT Services.
T: + 61 9385 1333
Alternatively you can visit the IT Services website for support.
5. You're almost done!
However, you will not be able to enrol into courses for your program until your acceptance has been finalised.
Not sure if you have accepted your offer or need assistance?
Telephone: +61 2 6268 6000
Facsimile: +61 2 6268 8666
Ground Floor, Adams Auditorium,
Monday to Thursday – 08.30 to 16.30 Friday* - 08.30 - 16.00
* On the first Friday of each month Student Administrative Services closes at 13.00.
1. Choose your courses
Before you enrol, you must choose your courses for the semester.
Consult the UNSW Handbook to read information relating to your program structure and for help on determining which courses you are required to enrol in.
2. Enrol in your courses on myUNSW
3. Check your timetable on myUNSW
How do I ensure I have enrolled into my courses?
The best way to check that you have enrolled successfully into your courses is to check your myUNSW Student Profile tab. Your enrolled courses should be listed under the My Enrolment section on this page.
What if I have timetable clashes?
During to military commitments for ADFA students, all 1st year students will have no university classes on Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon. The timetable is automatically blocked so that 1st year courses do not clash with 1st year Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) classes.
Occasionally there may be a clash between 2 university courses you would like to enrol in or a course / tutorial / lab you would like to enrol may be full.
In some cases you may be able to enrol into clashing classes however normally you cannot enrol into a class that is full.
On Monday 15 February, Student Administrative Services (SAS) will conduct a New Undergraduate Student Orientation Day which will provide you with another opportunity to go into myUNSW and adjust or complete your enrolment and have your timetable checked.
4. Credit from previous university study
Students who have previously completed tertiary studies at an equivalent university level may be eligible to gain credit (sometimes referred to as Advanced Standing) towards their degree at UNSW Canberra. Credit may be awarded for complete or incomplete degrees from any recognised tertiary institution. Applying for credit is a voluntary request by a student, it is not compulsory.
Even if you are going to apply for credit, students should still enrol in the relevant 1st year courses for their degree.
Students wishing to apply for credit should submit an application as soon as possible. The 'Credit for Previous Tertiary Study' form can be downloaded here and emailed with relevant supporting documentation to SAS@adfa.edu.au.
Advanced standing sessions will be held on 4 and 5 February, where you can seek academic advice regarding your approved credit and subsequent enrolment.
Please note: approved credit will increase the likelihood of course clashes as students may be undertaking 1st and 2nd year courses concurrently.
International Students: following a directive from the Department of Defence, International Policy Division, international students are NOT able to apply for credit from previous study.
5. Note important key dates for your enrolment
Important Dates for 2016
|Applications for Postgraduate study in Semester 1 close||19 February|
|S1 commences||29 February|
|Last day to add S1 distance mode courses||6 March|
|Last day to drop S1 courses without financial penalty||31 March|
|Provisional exam timetable released for S1||15 April|
|Last day to drop S1 courses without academic penalty||22 April|
|Last day to report exam clashes for S1||29 April|
|Final examination timetable released||27 May|
|Mid Semester Break||2 - 13 May|
|S1 study recess||13 - 17 June|
|Examinations (UG students only)||20 June - 1 July|
|Mid-Year leave||4 - 15 July|
|S1 results published on myUNSW||14 July|
|Applications for Postgraduate study in Semester 2 close||10 July|
|S2 commences||18 July|
|Last day to add S2 distance mode courses||15 July|
|ADFA Open Day||27 August|
|Last day to drop S2 courses without financial penalty||31 August|
|Provisional exam timetable for S2 released||2 September|
|Last day to drop S2 courses without academic penalty||9 September|
|Last day to report exam clashes for S2||16 September|
|Mid Semester Break||26 - 30 September|
|S2 Study recess||24 - 28 October|
|Final exam timetable released for S2||7 October|
|Semester 2 ends||21 October|
|Examinations (UG students only)||31 October - 11 November|
|S2 results published to myUNSW||24 November|
|Conferring of degrees ceremony||7 December|
|Graduation Parade Day||8 December|
|2016 Public Holidays Compensation Dates - Semester 1:|
|Canberra Day||14 March (Monday lost)|
|Good Friday||25 March (Friday lost)|
|Easter Monday||28 March (Monday timetable on Tuesday 29 March, Tuesday lost)|
|ANZAC Day||25 April (Monday timetable on Thursday 28 April, Thursday lost)|
|Queens Birthday||During Study Recess|
|2016 Public Holidays Compensation Dates - Semester 2:|
|Family and Community Day||26 September (Mid Semester Recess - no timetable impact)|
|Labour Day||3 October (Mid Semester Recess - no timetable impact)|
|Approved ADFA activities - Non Teaching Days for Undergraduate Students (Semester 2)|
|Tuesday 9 August||Production Dress Rehearsal|
|Wednesday 31 August||XO/OC Day|
|Thursday 22 September||Sports Carnival (incl Tug-of-War)|
|Friday 14 October||Green Eagle (ARA) and / or XO/OC Day|
Undergraduate students: mid January to commence the Year One Familiarisation Training (YOFT) before the start of the academic year.
Postgraduate coursework students: before the commencment of classes for each semester.
Postgraduate research students: no later than 31 March (Semester 1) or 31 August (Semester 2).
|Semester 1||29 February - 10 June 2016|
|Recess||2 - 13 May 2016|
|Study Period||13 - 17 June 2016|
|Examinations||22 June - 3 July 2016|
|Mid-year recess||4 - 15 July 2016|
|Semester 2||18 July - 21 October 2016|
|Recess||26 - 30 September 2016|
|Study Period||24 - 28 October 2016|
|Examinations||31 October - 11 November 2016|