Here's What to Expect From Academics at UTS

Sep 15, 2019 10:40:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

When you directly enroll on the new CAPA University of Technology Sydney (UTS) study abroad program, you’ll be welcomed into Australia’s number one young university as ranked by Times Higher Education. They were also ranked number 13 worldwide in the same category.

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The course offerings at UTS go far beyond technology, with highly ranked programs in a wide variety of disciplines, each department driven by research, innovation, creativity, technology, and an objective to make a global impact.


UTS is nicknamed “Sydney’s City Campus” because it’s so centrally located and well-connected, right next to the Central Business District. There’s a focus on sustainable design and you’ll have classes in buildings with fun nicknames like “The Wave Building” and “The Cheesegrater”.

Language of Instruction

Classes at UTS are conducted in English.

GPA Requirements

UTS requires a minimum 2.5 GPA for all programs.

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A new research facility was recently opened at UTS and the university is research-driven, currently in the process of hiring an additional 400 members of their academic staff to boost the intensity, excellence, impact, and reputation of their research.

They’ve been working on many exciting projects and collaborations, such as disrupting the online clothing industry with e-commerce company Tec.Fit, testing new methods of diagnosing prostate cancer, and revealing the significant contribution entrepreneurial refugees are making to Australia.

You can read more about their research strategy and goals on their website.

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Choice of Classes

There’s so much more on offer at UTS than the name suggests. Yes, you can study technology, but there are also over 130 different courses to choose from and they cover a wide variety of subjects in both traditional and emerging disciplines. They are future focused, and even have 150 industry partners who help shape course content so that it mirrors the real world of work as closely as possible.

UTS is considered a leading journalism school, one of the top two design schools in Australia, one of the top five schools for data science and analytics, one of the top 10 for nursing, one of the top 20 for sports, and is also particularly well known for its excellent creative writing, fashion, graphic design, photography, cartoon, and animation programs. Other popular programs include architecture, built environment, pharmacy, engineering, sound and music design, robotics, AI, and the sciences.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are held in high regard at UTS and are often woven into course content. All students are also invited to get involved in many free related activities outside of class.

There are even opportunities to take on an internship with a local start-up company.

Find out more about the available classes on the UTS website.


During your program, you’ll be using UTS Online, a system where you’ll find all of your course information, assignment deadlines, and exam dates. That means you’ll be expected to stay on top of due dates, assignments, and readings in a more independent way that you may be used to back home. There will be academic support available, but you’ll be expected to take the initiative to seek this out if you need it.

Classes usually have 15-30 students, with the exception of labs which may have fewer and some lectures which are held in large theater spaces and may host a greater number of students.

The UTS Model of Learning, which you can read more about here, is forward-thinking, future-focused, innovation-led, and incorporates technology in an informed way.


The types of assessment you will encounter at UTS depend on each individual class, but may be in the form of presentations, reflective reviews and journals, research papers, case studies, simulations and role-plays, in-class tests, discussion papers, assignments, reports and essays, take-home exams, informal exams, and final exams.

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Academic Support Services

Student advisors and subject and course coordinators are available to help guide you during your time at UTS. You’ll also have access to 24-hour labs and the UTS Library where there’s a collection of workshops, classes, and tours that will help you familiarize yourself with the space and its resources. There are also useful links on the UTS library website, including to an Assignment Survival Kit and resources on assignment types, writing, reading, and speaking. IT support is also available.

Grading System

At first glance, the grading system at UTS can be a bit confusing to students who are used to the US system. For example, a 75% is considered a very good result. Know that even though the number looks lower, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to put in less effort to achieve the highest marks. Performance is graded on a 0-100 percentage scale, relating to marks of high distinction, distinction, credit, pass, and fail as follows:

  • High Distinction (A) = 85-100%
  • Distinction (B) = 75-84%
  • Credit (C) = 65-74%
  • Pass (D) = 50-64%
  • Fail (F) = below 50%


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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Direct Enroll