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UNSW Canberra graduates shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government and industry.

 Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW has been educating defence leaders for half a century.


The information here is for prospective students. Current students should refer to their relevant UNSW Handbook.


Navy Midshipmen and Army and Air force Cadets begin their careers in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) receiving a full-time salary while they undertake a program of military and leadership training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Simultaneously, they study an undergraduate degree program in Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science or Technology with UNSW Canberra.

If you are accepted into the ADFA Trainee Officer Program you will receive your military training and education program from one of Australia’s top universities, fully paid for by the Australian Defence Force, which will provide you with the knowledge, skills, professional abilities, and qualities you will need as an officer in the ADF.

Advanced Students

UNSW is one of Australia’s most respected universities, with an international reputation for outstanding academic programs and world-class research, and is one of the ‘Group of Eight’ leading universities in Australia. UNSW Canberra at ADFA offers the best student-to-teacher ratio in the country and some of the finest academic staff in their respective fields, so you can be sure that the degree you study for will be of the highest standing.

Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS)

The Department of Defence offers the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) scheme for aspiring students who wish to pursue a Computing and Cyber Security or an Engineering degree at UNSW Canberra. The sponsorship provides participants with full tution fee coverage, a generous bursary of $2000 per year of study, and paid work experience placements.

If you complete your degree program at UNSW Canberra as a DCUS student, you will graduate from one of the top universities in Australia with no HECS-HELP debt, and also be eligible to apply for a full-time job at the Department of Defence.

In 2016 UNSW Canberra opened up admissions for Engineering and Engineering/Science double degrees to non-Defence domestic students as well as single-year Honours programs in Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, and Science.

Our specialist Engineering degrees in (Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) are accredited by Engineers Australia, and incorporate at least 60 days of industrial work experience. This means that if you study with us, you will graduate with a degree from one of Australia’s top universities, and be qualified to begin working immediately as an accredited engineer. In addition to this, under the Washington accord, you will also be able to work as an engineer in the US, UK, Canada and South-East Asia.

Domestic students include Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia, and New Zealand Citizens.

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