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UNSW Foundation Studies Program

Where your Global journey starts.

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UNSW Foundation Studies Programs:

Foundation Studies Pathway Diagram
  • Provide pathways to all UNSW bachelor degree programs.
  • Range from 4 to 15 months in length (based on your academic and English language background).
  • Enable you to study under the instruction of experienced teachers with your international peers, in a diverse global community.
  • Ensure you are supported throughout your UNSW Global experience, with extra consultations, Study Club and learning support resources. As you transition into UNSW, you’ll be perfectly placed to meet the academic demands of your chosen degree.

In Term 1 2019 UNSW Business School, Engineering and Built Environment (Architecture) were the top three Faculties that Foundation students progressed into followed by Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Art and Design, Law and Medicine.

UNSW Foundation Studies Programs:

Over 85% of students from our Foundation Studies Programs progress to university.

  • Over 30,000
    students have completed our Foundation Studies Programs, enjoying success a
  • University Experience
    with lectures and tutorials, for an easy transition to university learning
  • Over 30 years of
    experience preparing students for university.
  • 1st
    Foundation Program in Australia
  • Small classes
    with up to 20 students per class so you can receive individual attention
  • Expert teachers
    who are committed and experienced in teaching international students
Monica Andrea Macapagal Foundation Studies student from Philippines
"UNSW Foundation Studies helped me by laying out the basic skills I needed to know and showing me how things are taught in Australia so I don’t find it too difficult to adjust when I start my degree."

Monica Andrea Macapagal


Foundation Studies will get you there.

UNSW Foundation Studies Programs can help you meet the academic and English entry requirements for a bachelors degree at UNSW Sydney.

The program is for you, if you:

  • Have completed at least 11 years of schooling or finished high school.
  • Just missed out on entry to a UNSW Sydney degree or Diploma Program.
  • Want to study at UNSW.

Transition Program

4 months

  • Short and intensive
  • Physical Science, Life Science, Commerce, Design and Architecture and Actuarial Studies Streams only

Standard Program

9 months

  • Fast-paced
  • Prepares you for your undergraduate program
  • All Streams available

Standard Plus Program

12 months

  • Slow-paced and supportive
  • For students who have not met the entry requirements for the Standard Program
  • All Streams available

Extended Program

15 months

  • Slow-paced and supportive
  • Suitable for students who require additional English support
  • All Streams available

Enjoy Foundation Studies supportive learning experience for students through:

Foundation Studies Pathway Diagram - Assisted Learning
Foundation Studies Pathway Diagram - Academic Support
Foundation Studies Pathway Diagram - Social Support

† Students who become Australian permanent residents or Australian citizens during a Diploma Program will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry to a UNSW Sydney degree program.

^ UNSW Global Pty Limited (ABN 62 086 418 582) delivers UNSW Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs on behalf of UNSW Sydney under UNSW CRICOS Provider Code 00098G.

* An English pathway may be required prior to commencing your program.
On completion of a Foundation Studies Program, if the GPA requirements are not met, students may be eligible to study a Diploma Program and then progress to second year of their chosen UNSW degree

UNSW Global Pty Limited (ABN 62 086 418 582) is a not-for-profit provider of education and assessment services and a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney. UNSW Global delivers English language programs under its CRICOS Provider Code 01020K | UNSW Global delivers Diploma and Foundation Studies programs under UNSW Sydney’s CRICOS Provider Code 00098G | Copyright © 2020 UNSW Global Pty Limited.