University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong campus.

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The University of Wollongong has a good academic reputation and is in a nice spot between bushland and the beach (not far from Sydney). It's a popular study destination for international students. What's it like to study there? If you are a current or former UOW student, let us know by posting a review.

UOW Rating

User Rating 2.89 (64 votes)
Comments Rating 2.2 (5 reviews)

Student Reviews

19 Responses

  1. Nguyen
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    Think again if you are an international student who intends to apply Bachelor of Communication & Media here

    I’m thinking of transferring to another uni after 2 semesters studied here. I feel like the course is designed only for the domestic student, not the international one. Many classes I took have no instruction for international students, I was struggling a lot to find out how to do my homework and assignments. We are international students, which means we grew up in other countries with the different education system, how could we suppose to know the way everything is done in Australia without instruction. I know not so many international students chose to study Communication, but it doesn’t mean we do not exist. The second thing is the study environment is not healthy, I’ve met too many racists in my classes and the tutors just don’t care. My classmates are rude, they treat me and my other Asian friends like trash, they ignore whatever we said, give dirty look if we raised any opinions in group work, they make jokes of our races and English pronunciation rather than help us to catch up with the lessons. If you are Australian or at least white, this course is for you. If you are Asian, you should consider other courses or other universities.

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  2. Lina
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    Bad experience

    Really had a bad experience with UOW. My main course was Finance where most of the lecturers are hard to understand their English pronunciation, You will be lucky if you come across a good one. In the end, you have to guess what was actually being said, Tutorial can be brief and rushed leaving you with half of the steps while you have to get the rest your own. Come exam even if you have prepared well with the questions and answers, you will not able to get near100 per cent correct because the questions are meant to be harder and very unlikely to get a pass in the first attempt. Subjects, where the course coordinators are not direct lecturers you will be caught up in the middle because what you expect will be different in the exam. Rate UOW 3/10.

  3. Veronica
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    Highly recommend

    UOW is absolutely great, Studying at UOW is one of the best life experience I had.
    Campus is garden-like, Library is big and organised.
    Most of the lecturers are great.
    Employment opportunities are also optimistic if you could achieve credit above.

    Highly recommend.

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    • Ajay
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      If you don’t mind saying, what course did you study?

  4. mitch
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    This should be the last option.

    Terrible, their quality assurance (student reviews), there dedication to their students, the beautiful grounds is all a farce. In the 3 years I have attended UOW, I have never had the opportunity to give course feedback. They blast information at you and fill your timetable with tasks that are rushed. Their recorded lectures are extremely poor quality, how ever there is no guarantee the lecture will be recorded at all. If you don not attend lectures in person, you are chastised. Lectures will give additional information to students that ‘turn-up’ to lectures, that is not available to students that did not attend lectures. Their website is hard to navigate, and information is hard to come by. Course structure changes yearly eg, the finally year of my course was made of 8 credit point subjects, meaning I needed to take 3 subjects a term. They have changed this, now all subjects are 6 credit points, meaning I need to pick up 2 extra subjects(and 6 more months) that I wasn’t accounting for. There are now minors available that were not available before, found that information by chance when I was lost on their website. They treat mature age students with repugnance and the younger students like foolish children. Exam conditions are terrible, noisy with wobbly tables in cold, overcrowded halls, with timetables poorly planned, with no consideration for students (multiple 3 hour exams in one day). The only kindness is from library staff and the cafe staff. This contemptuous, pompous University has beautiful gardens spanning as far as the eye can see, but students need to park 30 minutes walk away. All UOW cares about is funding and their self importance.

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  5. Kate
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    UOW is poor in relations to communication and technology.
    The coordinators don’t let you know whats happening and you can never log onto the moodle site to find out anyway
    Internet is always dropping out on campus and half the recorded lectures don’t work
    wouldn’t recommend.

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  6. Erin
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    I have had the worst experience with the University of Wollongong. They are a rubbish institution with zero concern for their students, and a fixation on generating money. The actual quality of the education they provide is appalling. Their customer service team is useless and unhelpful. I had to submit forms to apply to take a course at a different university (as I was relocating for a time), and they sent me back the forms completed wrong, causing me to miss my deadline for application at the host university. They then blamed me when I had to apply to defer, because I was still enrolled in the original course that I wanted to take, and never processed my deferment. It was an absolute nightmare trying to get anything through the UOW student services and the faculty department. I would highly recommend you go elsewhere for your education. All you’ll get is a very expensive piece of paper at the end, with no support in trying to find employment or anything that other universities do to aid their students beyond graduation.

  7. Sandy
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    Dont fall for the good reviews. I have met many students who said that UOW is a completely rip off university, with no quality education. They keep holding students for money, basically UOW is a trap.

    • Tapas Das
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      why are you telling so! could you please explain it!

  8. Magnus
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    The university grounds are nice, and most of the lecturers are good. However there a quite a few tutors not suited to teach, and when paying as much as I do, canceling tutorials and calling it an “online tutorial” is not good enough. It even happens that the tutor simply does not show up, or when they do, they sign the attendance sheet and then leave again.

    Uni accommodation is very expensive and very poor. The standards of the buildings and services are low, and the prices are unjustifiably high. The buildings are rundown, dirty and poorly equipped.

    If you like going to clubs and partying, Wollongong might be a good place to live, if not, there is not too much to do. There is a free shuttle bus going around the city every day, which is good.

  9. Flash
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    can anyone tell me about info on education, not about beauty of campus, its about the teaching and students credits. so please tell me the info on credits, the way they teach and about mechanical dpt..and also abt the exams and getting percentages…because it matters alot for international students…please respond as soon as possible…….

  10. Jay
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    well to be fair campus east is trash and for a university not to know the difference between a kitchen and a kitchenette is just messed up, if you are going to lease apartments then the least you can do is actually tell them wwhat they have access to and not overstate the absolute trash that is living on campus east, and for the record it costs almost triple that of other non university apartments, all of which seem to understand what a kitchen is…

  11. Kumar
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    this uni is joke, they didn’t show my bad rating for the comments.

    • Wayne McKee
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      Big push on climate change without looking at all the facts. Like a lot of places, filtered information and algorithms to block out comment that doesn’t suit them.

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  12. Nikhil
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    UOW has to have one of the most beautiful campuses in Australia. Had some of the best times of my life in Wollongong. The friends I made while studying will be lifelong friends.
    The college and university facilities are really good and the library is really big. The campus is filled with things to do and have fun and study at the same time. The student union is quite active.
    It wasn’t difficult to get a place in the university. The process took me about one month. I was assisted by an agent in my home country and it was quite simple. I would suggest applying early to get accommodation in the university as they get filled up fast.
    Pros: My course was the best part of the university experience. There was a good diversity in my class and excellent professors. It was a really good decision for me personally to be a part of this university.
    Cons: The most important advice I would give to all international students is to not only remain in your group of friends but get out there and socialize with the local people and have fun.

    • Mukesh
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      Nikhil can you tell about your course..and what do you think about about employment opportunities after graduating from uow??

    • Adam
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      What’s the average 4 subject scores required for an admission in mechanical engineering
      Exams given HSC India Maharashtra

  13. Amanda
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    My overall experience at uni has been a great one.
    In Australia we have such a great opportunity to learn and study that I think we too often take for granted – we complain about the work load or the tutors or the assignments – but really we should be so grateful that we have this opportunity the knowledgeable tutors and the abilities and resources to be able to complete the workload. Once all this is in perspective uni is able to be enjoyed in every aspect – not just the ‘fun’ parts.
    I live at home and commute to uni. It is a fairly easy drive down the highway from Sydney – not much traffic.
    I really enjoy my course. I chose to study what I enjoy and what I’m interested in. I really enjoy the geography, biology and geology aspects but not so much the chemistry. But that is just my personal preference. The course is really good in that it gives you an overview of all the different areas and topics it covers and then allows you to specify in third year what you like the most.
    Pros: Wollongong Uni is a very aesthetically pleasing uni. There are beautiful grounds and lots of gardens and duckponds. There are nice lawns to sit on and lots of seats and some cafes too. There is a beautiful big library with helpful staff and other great facilities. A 5-10 minute drive down the road is the beach a 10-15 min drive in the other direction is the shops and directly opposite the uni is the gorgeous botanic gardens.

  14. Cameron
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    Studying at UOW is the best lifestyle I could have imagined for myself; you have everything you could possibly need.
    Wollongong itself is a great town which accommodates the uni student – plenty of part time work for those who need it, as well as accommodation options. Transport to the uni is so easy with the free shuttle bus, trains or even walking there. As well they have free parking for car pooling (3 or more in a car) which is a great way to meet people if you if you live a bit further away. And when you’re not at Uni you can spend your days with friends at the beach or day tripping to other great locations on the South Coast.
    UOW is famous for it’s Uni Bar – always providing the best in live music for the region. The cafes at the uni are so great and perfect for daily catch ups with your mates.
    Pros: Being so close to the beach means it is easy to go for a dip and be back in time for your next class.

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