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Pathway Programs

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the university degree you would like to study, you can choose from multiple pathway options that will help you get into a degree program at UNSW Sydney, a world top 50 university, or one of our partner universities around the globe.

When you progress to UNSW, you will be part of a world-leading university recognised by employers, organisations and governments around the globe. You will discover and grow your strengths through life‑changing experiences and inspirational mentoring from world-renowned academics. We’re here to support you on your journey to a world-class education, and help build the foundations for a successful global career.

Why complete a pathway program?

University experience

with lectures and tutorials, for an easy transition to university learning.

Over 50 years

of experience in language teachning and preparing students for university.

Small classes

with up to 20 students per class so you receive individual attention.

Expert teachers

who are committed and experienced in teaching international students, in an engaging and supportive manner.


Our UNSW Diploma Programs are built from UNSW First Year degree courses and are a fast track to the Second Year of a degree program at UNSW Sydney.

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Foundation Studies

Our Foundation Studies Programs prepare you for university, no matter where you are in your academic journey.

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Transition Program Online

The UNSW Transition Program Online is your digital experience preparing you for university in just four months.

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Academic English

Our Academic English Programs ensure you are ready and qualified to study in all UNSW degree and pathway programs.

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Explore our pathway programs

Your journey with a Diploma Program

High School Year 12
UNSW Diploma Program
Second Year at UNSW Sydney

Your journey with UNSW Transition Program Online

High School Year 12
UNSW Transition Program Online
First Year at UNSW Sydney
First Year at Partner University

Your journey with a Foundation Studies Program

High School Year 11/12
UNSW Foundation Studies Program
First Year at UNSW Sydney

Your journey with an Academic English Program

University English Entry Course
UNSW Diploma Program
UNSW bachelor's degree
UNSW master's degree

Your journey with an Academic English Program

Foundation English Entry Course
UNSW Foundation Studies Program
First Year at UNSW Sydney
UNSW Sydney is a top 50 world ranked university and founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight Australian universities. UNSW Global proudly boasts the first foundation program in Australia and the first university English language centre in Australia. At UNSW Global our experience delivering high quality pathways for international students is unequalled.


First university in the world to be awarded the maximum AS Five Star Plus rating.

QS World University Rankings, 2019


In Sydney & NSW for Employer Reputation.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020


In the world for academic reputation.

QS World University Rankings, 2021


In the world for Graduate Employability.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020


In the world.

QS World University Rankings, 2022


Of the world's top 50 subjects.

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020


Of students employed full-time four months after graduating.

Good Universities Guide, 2019


in Australia for Research.

Excellence in Research in Australia report, 2019

Things to know

Experience studying on the UNSW Sydney campus and enjoy world-class facilities and a dynamic and diverse university community.


About Sydney

Sunny, safe and full of opportunities, Sydney is the perfect city for students to learn and explore.

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Life on campus

It’s always buzzing on campus. Study, socialise and feel at home on your campus.

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How to prepare

Your exciting journey has begun. Use this checklist as a guide to get everything sorted before you set off for Sydney.

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Student support

We're here to help. From arrival to final exams, our services are designed to support you throughout your journey with us.

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Receive a scholarship to begin your journey to UNSW Sydney.

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Your home away from home should be safe, secure and conducive to study.

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