UNSW Foundation Studies

Academic Programs

Choose Your Foundation Program

What are Foundation Studies Programs?

Foundation Studies Programs prepare international students for life at university. Teaching students the Academic and study skills for university, while enhancing students English proficiency.

Our experienced staff will assess your application and find the perfect Program and Stream to suit your academic background, English language proficiency and intended university degree.

If your English levels do not reach the requirements for Foundation Studies please view the Foundation English Entry Course table below.

Extended Foundation Program Standard Plus Standard Transition
Duration 15 months 12 months 9 months 4 months
Who should apply? Students wanting additional English skills while developing critical thinking and study skills for university. Benefit from a slower pace of study to improve academic skills and proficiency in English. Progressing well in high school but seeking an alternative pathway to university. OR Completed high school and had a break from formal study. Completed final year high school and narrowly missed direct entry to university.
Education Level Year 11 or Year 12 schooling
(or equivalent)
*Refer to grades table
Year 11 or Year 12
(or equivalent)
*Refer to grades table
Year 11 or Year 12
(or equivalent)
*Refer to grades table
Year 12
(or equivalent)
*Refer to grades table
Streams All Streams All Streams All Streams Commerce, Life Science, Physical Science and Actuarial Streams only
Price (2018) $42,850 $36,800 $30,980 $20,980
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Foundation English Entry Course (Pre-Foundation English)
Duration 10,15, 20 weeks
Who Should Apply? Requiring additional English skills to gain entry into a UNSW Foundation Studies Program. OR Students who would like extra practice in an English speaking academic environment.
Education Level Must meet the requirements for one of the UNSW Foundation Studies Programs.
Streams Can be packaged with any Foundation Program.
Price (2018) $19,850 - $34,500
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