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. Follow the steps below to get started.

How to enrol

Before starting your studies, you'll need to enrol online in your course and first-year subjects. 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.

Once you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), your next step is to start the online enrolment process by completing the Enrolment Registration Form.

To complete enrolment registration, you will need a copy of your:

  1. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE);
  2. UOW Offer of Admission;
  3. Australian Visa Grant Notification (if available); and
  4. UOW student number (listed on your offer letter)

Once completed, we will email you with instructions on how to complete the enrolment process.


Travelling to Australia

All visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can now travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia and are required to undertake a quarantine period when entering New South Wales, Australia. We recommend you use the Department of Home Affairs checklist to help you work through what you need to do to enter Australia.

Confirm your travel plans with UOW

If you have booked a flight to Australia, or you are already in Australia, please let us know by completing this online form. This will ensure we do not automatically enrol you in online classes, particularly if your intention is to return to Australia for an on-campus experience.

Applying for a student visa

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 enter Australia without a valid visa. For more information and advice, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are unable to travel to Australia

We recognise that COVID-19 might still impact the ability of some international students to arrive in Australia to begin their studies in time. Students may have the option to commence their course remotely, with all lectures and recordings, classes, subject material and support services available online. Please note that some courses require on-campus attendance for teaching or accreditation, and do not offer online class options.

You will be permitted to enrol and commence online without a visa, however, we expect all students commencing online to be in the process of acquiring a visa. In addition, UOW will continue the practice of providing a tuition fee refund of up to one session to students who receive a visa refusal following online commencement in 2022.

Choosing your subjects

When you enrol you will select your first-year subjects. If you are commencing in Session 2 (Spring) 2022, refer to our Enrolment Guides for help with choosing your subjects. 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 need further academic advice, you can book a one-on-one consultation with an Academic from your faculty.

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've completed the Enrolment Registration Form and your submission has been processed, your final step is to enrol in your course and subjects online. To enrol, follow the steps below:

1. Access the enrolment portal

Login here using your UOW student number (included with your offer letter) to access the online enrolment portal. 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 will use to log in to university systems like SOLS. When creating your user account, make sure you provide a mobile number or email address to recover your user details should you forget them.

3. Confirm personal details

Here you will need to 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. 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: When you can select your course and complete your enrolment depends on your start session:

Start SessionEnrolment dates
Session 1 (Autumn) 2023 Online enrolment open from 5 December 2022.
Trimester 1 2023 Online enrolment open from 5 December 2022.

7. Provide 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

Skip this step as international students are not eligible for HELP Loans.

9. Choose 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. If you are commencing in Session 2 (Spring) 2022, refer to our Enrolment Guides for help with choosing your subjects. 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 Student Services on +61 2 4221 3927 or email

10. Finalise your enrolment

Once you've 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.


Once you've enrolled

As a student at the University of Wollongong, you will need your Student Identification Card for:

  • Exams - both online and in person
  • Borrowing resources from the UOW Library
  • Accessing printing, scanning and copying services
  • Identifying yourself as a UOW student for security purposes when on campus
  • Applying for concessions - such as travelling on NSW public transport

To obtain your Student ID Card, please fill out the request form linked below, and ensure you have the following ready:

  • Your UOW Student Number
  • A copy of photo identification (e.g. drivers licence, passport, national identity card or NSW Photocard)
  • A current passport-sized photo that meets our requirements for display on your ID card (if you haven't already uploaded a photo during the enrolment process). Please note that if you upload a second photo, it is not guaranteed that this will be used on your Student ID Card.


Cards will be posted to your nominated address or you can choose to pick up at on of the following locations:

  • Student Central (Building 17) at Wollongong Campus, or
  • Business and Law Central (Level 8), Sydney Business School, Sydney CBD Campus.

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.

Related links

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COVID-19 Information
Moving to Wollongong
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