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Standard Foundation Studies Course

The Standard Foundation Studies Program is a faster pace program which provides a pathway to a diploma or UNSW degree for students who did not meet the academic or English language entry requirements.

9 months

Academic support

You’ll 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 Standard Program is a pre-university program for students who have strong results in year 11 or 12 but have not met the entry requirements for the Transition Program and need 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.

Program is available for all streams

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

The pathway

See where the Standard 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


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


Your chosen university degree

Dates and fees

EnrolmentFinishStart UNSW DegreeIndicative Fees*
11 November 202016 July 2021September 2021AUD$33,850*
24 March 202119 November 2021February 2022AUD $33,850*
23 August 202115 April 2022May 2022AUD $33,850*
10 November 202115 July 2022September 2022AUD $33,850*

Other UNSW Global fees in Australian dollars (AUD)

Please see Academic calendar for this program here.

CodeBachelor of
3707Engineering (Honours) - Aerospace Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Bioinformatics Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Chemical Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Chemical Product Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Civil Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Computer Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Electrical Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Environmental Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Flexible First Year
3707Engineering (Honours) - Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Mechanical Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Mechatronic Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Mining Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Petroleum Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Photovoltaics and Solar Energy
3707Engineering (Honours) - Renewable Energy Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Software Engineering
3707Engineering (Honours) - Surveying
3707Engineering (Honours) - Telecommunications
3778Science - Computer Science
3061Food Science (Honours)
UNSW Business School
CodeBachelor of
3502Commerce (All specialisations)
3543Economics (All Majors)
3586Actuarial Studies
3558Commerce (International)
3979Information Systems
3588Actuarial Studies/Bachelor of Economics
3154Actuarial Studies/Bachelor of Science
3155Actuarial Studies/Bachelor of Commerce
3593Commerce /Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
3521Commerce/Bachelor of Economics
3584Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems
3529Commerce/Bachelor of Science
3566Economics /Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
3563Economics/Bachelor of Science
3573Commerce/Bachelor of Arts
3574Economics/Bachelor of Arts
CodeBachelor of
3962Advanced Science (Honours)
3970Science - Anatomy
3970Science - Biology
3970Science - Chemistry
3970Science - Food Science
3970Science - Genetics
3970Science - Marine Science
3970Science - Materials Science
3970Science - Mathematics
3970Science - Microbiology
3970Science - Molecular & Cell Biology
3970Science - Pathology
3970Science - Pharmacology
3970Science - Physical Oceanography
3970Science - Physics
3970Science - Physiology
3970Science - Statistics
3435Psychological Science
3925Science and Business
3966Life Sciences
3987Science (International)
3959Data Science and Decisions
3947Science/ Bachelor of Arts
3948Advanced Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts
Arts and Social Science
CodeBachelor of
3444Arts and Business

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.

If successful, your scholarship offer will be outlined in your Letter of Offer. The value awarded will be dependent on your level of academic achievement from your previous studies.

Where you'll be studying

You will study in the beautiful UNSW Sydney campus in Kengsington 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 bachelors degree. If you are studying Foundation Studies 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.

Academic Support, language support and assisted learning

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

Foundation Studies are 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’ll find many opportunities to get fully involved in university life. This will make your experience at UNSW a steppingstone to both academic and life success.

Supported learning

Foundation Studies provides a supportive learning experience for students through:

  • Ongoing assessment:
    Opportunities to demonstrate your learning in a variety of low-stress 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 allow you to measure your progress, have fun and increase your cultural awareness and participation.
I found the environment at UNSW Global really supportive and encouraging. Academic support such as consultations and the English support unit was really beneficial to me. The Student Centre at Global provided the best service and offered a lot of support during my time here. There were always friendly people to help
Foundation Studies

Getting involved

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

  • Leadership opportunities:
    Become a class representative.
  • 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 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 programs and all language courses
  • * 2021 fees to be confirmed 

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