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Extended Program

The Extended Foundation Studies Program is a slow-paced and supportive pathway to a Diploma or UNSW bachelor's degree for students who need additional academic and English support.

Academic support

You will be supported in your academic studies every step of the way with a personalised learning experience designed to help you succeed.

Language support

Enhanced English skills taught alongside specific subjects matching selected undergraduate degree.

Assisted learning

Develop critical thinking and study skills for a successful transition to university.

Who is this program for?

The Extended Program is a pre-university program for students who have completed year 11 with good general results but need extra support in building English and critical thinking skills for university.

Our teaching style follows university practice with lectures and tutorials. Most tutorial classes have about 18 students, so you will receive the attention you need to succeed. You will also participate in class activities which help develop your presentation skills and give you greater confidence in speaking English.

The program is available for all streams.

To help you choose the best stream and subjects for your Foundation Studies Program and match them to your UNSW degree, please visit our UNSW Degree Choices page.

The pathway

See where the Extended Program fits in your journey to a UNSW degree.

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High School

Your Year 11 or Year 12 High School


10-20 weeks. Only if required.
Pass grade provides automatic entry into foundation studies program

Extended Foundation

15 month program for students who did not meet the academic or English entry requirements for university


Your chosen university degree

Key dates

Start ProgramFinish ProgramContinue to First Year at UNSW
13 Oct 202118 Nov 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023
16 Mar 2022*14 Apr 2023 Term 2 - 29 May 2023
15 Jun 202214 Jul 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023
12 Oct 202217 Nov 2023Term 1 - 12 Feb 2024

*This intake only offers Commerce, Actuarial Studies and Physical Science streams. For intakes where Arts & Social Sciences, Design & Architecture or Life Science streams are not offered:

  • Students wishing to undertake a Faculty of Science degree can typically undertake the Physical Science Stream instead of the Life Science Stream (for some programs Commerce or Commerce/Actuarial are the preferred Streams), and
  • Students wishing to undertake a Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture degree can typically undertake the Commerce stream instead of the Arts & Social Sciences or Design & Architecture Streams (for some programs Physical Science is the preferred Stream).


2021 tuition fees: AUD$45,800

Note: 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.

Please see Academic calendar for this program here.

Entry requirements

There are two easy ways to check your entry requirements. View your personalised entry requirements with our calculator or view the full table.

Scholarships of up to AUD$7,500 are available for high-achieving students entering Foundation Studies Programs. For more information, visit our Scholarships page.

Where you will study

You will study in the beautiful UNSW Sydney campus in Kensington and enjoy access to world-class libraries, labs and classrooms as well as sporting and social clubs.

Progression to UNSW

When you successfully complete your pathway program and meet the grade point average (GPA) and English language requirements, you will gain entry to your chosen UNSW bachelor's degree. If you are studying a Foundation Studies Program and do not meet the GPA required to enter First Year, you may have the option to complete a Diploma Program before progressing to Second Year at UNSW.

A supportive learning experience

We know that studying abroad is exciting and rewarding but can also be daunting. Our Foundation Studies Program has been designed to prepare you for the challenge, give you a clear idea of what to expect and make your transition a smooth one.

The program is also packed with extra-curricular benefits that allow you to pursue your interests in leadership, sports, culture, volunteering, socialising and much more.

A well-rounded student experience is one that balances academic growth with a thriving social life. In addition to ongoing academic support, you will find many opportunities to get fully involved in university life. This will make your experience at UNSW a steppingstone to both academic and personal success.

We provide students a supportive learning experience through:

  • Ongoing assessment:
    Opportunities to demonstrate your learning in a variety of stress-free ways, not just through exams.
  • Personalised learning:
    Receive regular feedback about your progress and receive great tips to improve.
  • Skills development:
    Learn practical skills such as study methods, assessment planning, time management and, importantly, communicating in English at school and at home.
  • Cultural proficiency:
    Learn about Australian culture and education.
  • Digital advice:
    Learn about how to navigate around the appropriate digital tools and resources and how best to use them with your in-class work and out-of-class study sessions.
  • Additional support networks:
    Access to peer support, mentoring and study clubs.
  • Challenge Program:
    A program that consists of a variety of academic, social, wellbeing and cultural events that allows you to measure your progress, have fun and increase your cultural awareness and participation.
I chose to study at UNSW Global as it offers a range of facilities from different social clubs to study groups and the staff at UNSW Global really make you feel welcome and involved.

Getting involved

The Foundation Studies Program creates inclusive ways for students to enrich their experience through:

  • Leadership opportunities:
    Leadership training available.
  • Volunteering opportunities:
    Join the UNSW Global Volunteer group.
  • Activities, events and social opportunities:
    Attend a variety of enjoyable events and activities.
  • Touring Sydney:
    Meet your new classmates.
  • Playing sports:
    Join free basketball and badminton sessions.
  • Additional support networks:
    Participate in peer support.
  • ARC:
    Join ARC, the UNSW student community as a member or a leader.

Important Information

  • Some UNSW degree programs only offer term 1 entries. Click here for details of your intended degree program.
  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation Studies and Academic English Programs.

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