UNSW has partnered with Tongji University in Shanghai to offer you an architectural education with a global focus. This unique dual degree, taught in English at both universities, prepares you for practice in both China and Australia, and provides a distinct advantage to progress your career at a global level.You will graduate with a UNSW Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Tongji University Bachelor of Science in Architecture. You are then eligible to apply for the UNSW Master of Architecture degree or postgraduate Architecture studies at Tongji.

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Total units of credit (UOC)



Kensington & Shanghai

Indicative Enrolments


Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Architect
  • Specialist architect
  • Building scientist
  • Architect in a multidisciplinary design practice
  • Architect in a government office

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

The UNSW-Tongji Dual Degree in Architecture is an undergraduate pathway to the professionally accredited postgraduate Master of Architecture, which has professional recognition from the NSW Architects Registration Board and Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). To become a registered architect, you must also complete two years of professional work experience and undertake the professional practice exam.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.

Visit Built Environment's Tongji double degree page at https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/degrees/undergraduate/unsw-tongji-dual-degree-in-architecture for more info.

How to apply

Step 1: Applicants must submit a digital portfolio to UNSW Built Environment via the portfolio submission page. The portfolio is a selected collection of creative work that will provide initial evidence of your talent and potential in visual art, design, conceptual thinking and craftsmanship. This portfolio should be considered as a summary of your best creative outputs. It must be a maximum of five pages A4 digital format. Hard copies will not be accepted. It is essential that the portfolio itself and all the work in it has been created by you.

Step 2: Successful applicants will be invited to a 30 minute interview with UNSW and Tongji staff at UNSW Kensington.

Step 3: After the interview, applicants must also submit an online application directly to the Tongji University website. For detailed instructions please consult the guide to submitting an online application. Applications for the Tongji dual degree in Architecture are not made through UAC (University Admission Centre). A non-refundable application fee of $80USD applies upon submission of the formal application.I f you are successful at the interview stage and meet the entry requirements as mentioned above, you will receive an offer into the Tongji Dual Degree in Architecture.Upon successful completion of the first 1.5 years at Tongji University, Australian students will need to apply for their guaranteed place in Year 2 of the Built Environment Architectural Studies program through the UAC.

Key Dates: Tongji's first semester starts in September. Offers will be made in January or July depending on when application is completed.Tongji online applications open 15 November and close 31 May. If you are successful at the interview stage and meet the academic requirements, you will receive an offer into the Tongji Dual Degree in Architecture.Applicants who have additional questions about the Tongji online application process should contact Hannah Dong at Tongji University at hannahdong@tongji.edu.cn.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Students enrolled in this special program undertake their first 1.5 years of study at Tongji CAUP following an academic curriculum jointly designed by Tongji CAUP and UNSW. This program fulfils the academic requirements of the first year (only) of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies at UNSW. Fees for courses undertaken in Tongji are payable to Tongji CAUP. Find out more here. Students then undertake second and third year studies at UNSW and completely follow the UNSW Built environment curriculum. Fees for second and third years are payable to UNSW and are calculated based on Student Contribution bands.

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