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Tertiary Orientation Program

The Tertiary Orientation Program is for students who have a full offer from UNSW and wish to boost their English language skills and confidence to succeed in university.

5 weeks

Why study Tertiary Orientation Program?

  • It prepares you to confidently and effectively participate in academic discussions

  • It helps you adapt to the Australian academic environment

  • It enhances your campus experience at UNSW Sydney

  • It is taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers

Course Content

The Tertiary Orientation Program is a 5-week course for students who have a full offer from UNSW or hold an IELTS with a minimum if 6.5 score. The program introduces the culture of tertiary study. It is designed to support your first semester at UNSW and to provide an overview of the skills needed to succeed in your tertiary studies.

The course aims to help you:

  • develop an understanding of learning in an Australian tertiary academic community
  • make connections with peers
  • work collaboratively in groups
  • select, use, and reference research resources appropriately
  • develop critical evaluation skills
  • develop an awareness of essay structure
  • understand the features of an effective presentation
  • understand your lecturers’ expectations
  • recognise different assessment requirements

Entry Requirements

You will need either:

  • A full offer to a UNSW degree
  • IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 scores or
  • Successful completion of UEEC

Key dates

Continue to
Second Year at UNSW
4 Jan 20224 Feb 2022Term 1 – 14 Feb 2022
19 Apr 202220 May 2022Term 2 – 30 May 2022
1 Aug 20222 Sep 2022Term 3 – 12 Sep 2022


2021 tuition fees: AUD$2,825


The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.

Commonwealth financial support is not available for non-award programs including UNSW Foundation Studies program and Academic English Programs.

Entry requirements

You will be placed in an appropriate class based on a test score under the following conditions:

  1. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of the enrolment date.
  2. If you have variations in test subscores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
  3. UNSW Global reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement test to confirm appropriate course placement.
  4. UNSW Global reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
  5. Progression into the next Academic English Program depends on your achievement in course assessments. You may progress more quickly or slowly than the indication in weeks provided in this table.
  6. UNSW Global also accepts Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).

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