International student enrolment

Once you've received an offer to study at UOW, there are a few things you need to do to secure your place and get ready for the start of session.

How to enrol

Before starting your studies, you will need to enrol either online or in-person when you arrive on campus. Follow the steps below to get started.

Your first step is to formally accept your offer to study at UOW to receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Visit our study page for steps on how to accept your offer.

From July 2023, you are expected to study at your UOW Australian campus. To ensure you are able to arrive in Australia in time for the start of your course, please take any necessary steps to secure a student visa as soon as possible. You will not be able to enrol in your course, or enter Australia without a valid visa.

For more information and advice, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website. 

Before you can enrol in your course at UOW, you need to complete the Arrival Registration Form (ARF) to confirm your travel plans and arrival in Australia.

In order for you to be able to commence your studies on time, no ARF will be accepted after the Thursday before your session commences.

To complete the ARF, you will need a copy of your:

  1. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  2. UOW Offer of Admission
  3. Australian Visa Grant Notification
  4. UOW student number (listed on your offer letter)
  5. Confirmed flight itinerary for travel to Australia (with payment receipt) or a copy of your boarding pass which confirms you are arriving in Australia prior to the first day of session

Complete Arrival Registration Form

Once completed, we will email you with instructions on how to enrol in your course.

Travelling to Australia

For information about entering Australia, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are unable to travel to Australia

If you do not receive your visa in time to enrol and travel to Australia for the beginning of classes, or you do not wish to commence your course at the allocated start session, you can maintain your offer by deferring your start date. You can defer your offer to study at UOW for up to one year. You will have to complete a UOW Deferral request after you've received your offer from UOW. Once you submit your deferral request, we'll send you a new offer and information on how to enrol.

Choose your subjects

If you are commencing in Session 1 (Autumn) 2024, refer to our First Year Enrolment Guides for help with choosing your first-year subjects and planning for your course.

If you are starting a postgraduate course with the Sydney Business School, UOW, refer to our online study sequences for help with planning your course.

Credit for prior learning

If you've completed previous studies or have relevant work experience, you may want to consider applying for recognition of prior learning.

Once you have completed the Arrival Registration Form (ARF) and your submission has been processed, your final step is to enrol in your course and first-year subjects.

You can visit your UOW Australia campus and enrol in-person with the support of our AskUOW staff.


You can enrol online by following the steps below. If you need assistance with this process, find helpful information in the Enrolment FAQs.

1. Access the enrolment portal

Log in to the online enrolment portal using your UOW student number (included with your offer letter). If you have conditions listed on your offer, these will need to be cleared before you can log in. If you have any questions about clearing conditions, please contact us.

2. Create user account

Once inside the online enrolment portal, you will need to create your UOW username and password. This is what you will use to log in to all student systems and online resources, including SOLS, your UOWMail account, and AskUOW. When creating your user account, make sure you provide a mobile number or email address to recover your user details if you forget them.

3. Confirm personal details

Confirm your personal details, add an emergency contact, and let us know where you will be living during your enrolment (session address).

4. Complete survey

The Australian government requires all students to complete this survey as part of the enrolment process. If you do not know the answer to a question, leave it blank and move to the next question.

5. Upload your photo

Upload a photo of yourself for your student card. Ensure it meets our requirements.

6. Select your offer

All valid offers made to you will be listed. Select the course you'll be studying.

Note: The date from when you can select your course and begin your enrolment will depend on your commencing session. See enrolment dates below or find a full list on our key dates page

Session 1 (Autumn) 2024 Enrolment opens from 4 December, 2023
Trimester 1 2024 Enrolment opens from 4 December, 2023

7. Enter your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

A USI is a unique number issued to each student by the Australian Government. You can only apply for a USI once you have entered Australia. Visit our USI page for more information on applying for a USI, or to check if you already have one.

If you are not yet in Australia, you can choose to not provide a USI at this step and tick the box to acknowledge that you will provide it at a later date once you have arrived. 

8. Select your billing preference

You can skip this step, as international students are not eligible for HELP Loans.

9. Enrol in your subjects and declare your major (where required)

Here you will enrol in your first-year subjects. Default subjects might already be listed for some courses.

Refer to our First Year Enrolment Guides for Session 1 (Autumn) 2024 for help with choosing your subjects and planning for your course.

If you are starting a postgraduate course with the Sydney Business School, UOW, refer to our online study sequences for help with planning your course.

If you're unsure of your major at this point, you can add it in or change it later in SOLS. A second major is optional.

If you need further academic advice or support please contact AskUOW on +61 2 4221 3927 or email

10. Finalise your enrolment

Once you have enrolled in your subjects, click on the ‘Summary’ tab to complete your online enrolment. Here you can choose to have a confirmation sent to your nominated email address.

Now that you are enrolled you will be able to log in to SOLS, which is the student system that you will use to manage your degree, enrol in subjects for future sessions, and access course materials. Visit the SOLS help page for assistance with logging in or navigating your account.

11. Enrol in tutorials

Once you have enrolled in your course and subjects, the next step will be to enrol in tutorials. The term 'tutorial' refers to any class you need to enrol in for a subject, including practicals, computer labs, studios, seminars and workshops. Tutorial enrolment opens at different times for each subject, so it is important you regularly check the 'timetable' tab in SOLS. You can find out when and how to enrol in tutorials here.

Having trouble with one of the steps above?

Access Enrolment Help

Once you've enrolled

UOW uses MFA for several UOW systems and applications.

When you first login to these systems, you will need to set up your MFA and verify your login. You should have at least two authentication methods in case you change or misplace your mobile phone. MFA is session based and will expire within 30 days. This means, you will be prompted to reauthenticate to university systems on a regular basis.

Make sure you have completed your security profile with MFA so you get access to UOW’s systems and applications.

Information on how to set up MFA on your laptop, tablet or phone is available on the UOW User Account webpage.

Next time you’re on campus, head into AskUOW on the ground floor of Building 17 (or your campus front desk for non-Wollongong campuses), to arrange your card. 

Students who are studying a course delivered wholly online can complete the online request form to have it posted to you. To complete the form, you will need to upload a form of official photo ID and a current photo that meets the requirements for your student card. 



There's a number of student systems (like SOLS) and online resources that you'll access regularly during your time at UOW. Learn what they are, what they're for, and how to access them.

Your Orientation is normally held the week before your first session. This is an important event where you'll receive important information about your course, learn about the services and support available to you, and immerse yourself in the student culture that makes UOW special.

Your Orientation date and time will depend on your start session, and what campus you are studying at.


As you get closer to the start of session, you may need to enrol in classes for each of your subjects. These classes are often called tutorials, practicals or seminars. Follow these steps to enrol in your classes.

Our How Uni Works website is packed with useful information to help you get started on the right foot. Here you will find our top uni tips, checklists, video tutorials and lots more.

Discover how uni works

Get ready to succeed and enjoy your experience as an international student UOW at with the International Student Success (ISS) course.

This free, interactive online course is designed to provide practical strategies and useful tips to help you achieve your best and enjoy your time at UOW. Learn from other international students about their experiences studying in Australia and at UOW. Find out what you can do to prepare to study in Australia, and at UOW – and gain ideas to help you settle into the local community.


You will need to set up an Open Learning account if you don’t already have one. Follow these step-by-step instructions (link) on how to register / login.

Welcome to UOW Information Webinars

We'll be hosting a series of live interactive webinars, designed to help new and returning students settle into university life and get the best start in their studies.

Delivered by expert panels of UOW students and staff, webinars will cover a range of key topics and commonly asked questions about coming on campus, settling into the local culture, working in Australia and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Deferring your offer

If you do not wish to commence your course at the allocated start session, you can maintain your offer by deferring your start date. You can defer your offer to study at UOW for up to one year. You will have to complete a UOW Deferral request after you've received your offer from UOW. Once you submit your deferral request, we'll send you a new offer and information on how to enrol.

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