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UNSW Transition Program Online

Develop the practical skills and confidence you need to thrive at university in just four months with the UNSW Transition Program Online. This is a pre-university preparation program and pathway to a degree at UNSW Sydney - or one of our partner universities in the UK, New Zealand or Australia. Prepare for the next step in your global education journey from wherever you are*, with university-approved content and dedicated support that makes you a stronger student.

4 months
Bachelor’s degree
100% online, delivered on the OpenLearning platform.

Online learning, reimagined

You will connect with your peers and teachers every day, working together to learn UNSW recognised academic content, and develop practical skills for university.

A supportive community

Daily ‘check-in’ meetings in small groups, weekly feedback sessions with your dedicated coach and group assignments will help you move from high school to university learning.

A connected experience

Don’t let distance stop you from accessing a world-class university education – or making friends around the world. Study with people in your time-zone and build your own community.

The choice is yours - Prepare for a degree in Australia, NZ or the UK

With a choice of streams – Commerce, Actuarial Studies, Design and Architecture, Life Science, and Physical Science – you are preparing for future success at university. With the opportunity to study at a world top 50 university at UNSW Sydney, or one of our partner universities in the UK, NZ or Australia the possibilities are endless. Learn more about our partner universities.

The pathway

See where the Transition Program Online fits into your journey toward a UNSW degree.

High School

UNSW Transition Program Online

First Year of a bachelor's degree

Who is this program for?

Transition Program Online is for students who narrowly missed the academic requirements for direct entry into their chosen bachelor’s degree. Being online, it’s perfect for those who aren’t ready to leave home yet or need to gain confidence before starting university – you will progress toward university, with entry guaranteed once you pass the program.

Study differently:

  • Study in your own time zone
  • Dedicated study coaching in small groups
  • Progress to a wide range of degrees UNSW Sydney or our global partner universities in four months
  • Make friends before you start university
  • Study university recognised academic content
  • Project based learning

Learning, reimagined

If you want to be a part of an active community of learners and study university recognised content, this course could be for you. With guidance from your dedicated coach, develop an independent learning style and so much more with Transition Program Online. 

Dates and fees

StartFinishContinue to
First Year at UNSW
29 Nov 202118 Mar 2022Term 2 – 30 May 2022View Calendar
14 Feb 20223 Jun 2022Term 3 – 12 Sep 2022View Calendar
21 Mar 20228 Jul 2022Term 3 – 12 Sep 2022View Calendar
11 Jul 202228 Oct 2022Term 1 – 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
15 Aug 20222 Dec 2022Term 1 – 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
14 Nov 202210 Mar 2023Term 2 – 29 May 2023View Calendar


2021 tuition fees: AUD $15,960

Entry requirements

This program is recommended for those with strong English language proficiency and a mature and independent approach to learning.

There are two easy ways to see if you’re eligible. You can work out your personalised entry requirements with our calculator or view the full table.

Choosing your stream:

Transition Program Online is offered in Commerce, Actuarial Studies, Physical Science, Life Science or Design and Architecture streams. To help you choose the best stream and subjects for your Transition Program Online, and match them to your UNSW degree, visit UNSW Degree Choices.

Start your university journey without leaving home

Progress to university in four months

By completing Transition Program Online and meeting the entry requirements, you can start your degree at UNSW Sydney, a world top 50 university, or one of our partner universities in the UK, New Zealand or Australia. The choice is yours.
Discover where your studies can take you.

Personalised support for success

How you will study

Learn the academic and English language skills for success at a world-class university. The UNSW Transition Program Online is a highly collaborative and social experience that nurtures genuine connections while providing dedicated support.

You will engage in student-led discussions, group project work and regular check-ins to build confidence and independence in your learning.

Watch your online portfolio grow automatically as you learn. Participate in independent activities to develop the skills required for future learning at university. You’re assessed on the strength of all your work and activities throughout the course – not just one exam.

Personalised coaching

Get to know your coach through regular one-on-one and small group check-ins with peers in your time zone. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and understand the content.

Targeted support

With your work automatically captured in an online portfolio, your teachers can check your progress and give you individual support. 

Build your community

You will study in small groups of students, so you will have the opportunity to build strong relationships with your peers from day one. By working together, you’re preparing for university and making lifelong friends.


Open Learning Global Pty Ltd (trading as OpenLearning) proudly delivers the UNSW Transition Program Online under licence from UNSW and UNSW Global Pty Limited. The UNSW and UNSW Global trademarks are owned by UNSW and are used by OpenLearning under limited licence.

Only non-student visa holders are eligible for the program. International students studying the UNSW Transition Program Online are not eligible for student visas. International students can apply for a student visa once they progress to their next qualification in their chosen study destination.

*To study this course, you must have a reliable internet connection and computer with video streaming capabilities.


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