UNSW Foundation Studies

Academic Programs



1. What is UNSW Foundation Studies?

UNSW Foundation Studies (UFS) is a pathway program into the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Our programs are designed and approved by UNSW Academic Staff and Quality Assurance Committees. We are located on the UNSW campus in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

2. What are benefits to study UNSW Foundation Studies?

UNSW Foundation Studies (UFS) is the longest-running and leading pre-university foundation program in Australia. Our successful international students have a guaranteed place via a provisional offer to an undergraduate degree at UNSW Sydney. UFS graduates can also apply to all other Australian and New Zealand universities, as well as other universities around the world.

3. What UNSW degree program can I choose?

Successful graduates from UNSW Foundation Studies can enrol in most UNSW bachelor degrees. To help you choose the best stream and subjects for your Foundation program, please search the table on our website: https://www.ufs.unsw.edu.au/gpa. Entry to your UNSW degree will be based on your UFS GPA.

4. Which Foundation programs are offered?

We offer four Foundation programs 1. Extended Foundation program (15 months) 2. Standard Plus program (12 months), 3. Standard program (9 months) and 4. Transition program (4 months). You can click programs above to find more details, including entry requirements, intakes, tuition fees and other useful information.

5. Which stream should I enrol in?

UNSW Foundation Studies offers 8 streams of study. A ‘stream’ is the package of subjects that you will study to gain entry into a specific undergraduate degree at UNSW. All 8 streams of study are offered in Extended Foundation program, Standard program and Standard Plus program. Students in the Transition program can choose from four streams: Physical Science, Life Science, Commerce and Commerce Actuarial.

For information about choosing the best stream for your degree, please see https://www.ufs.unsw.edu.au/gpa

6. I want to do Architecture (not science/commerce degree), can I do Transition Program?

Transition program offers Physical Science, Life Science, Commerce and Commerce Actuarial streams. For other streams, you may consider Standard or Standard Plus program. For further information please use our Enquiry Form.

7. What subjects will I study?

The UNSW Foundation Studies Curriculum is composed of core and specialist subjects designed to suit the demands of an undergraduate degree in the student’s chosen stream of study. Each subject within the curriculum aims to further develop the student’s discipline-specific knowledge; general academic skills, independent and reflective learning and familiarity with the teaching and learning styles of Australian universities. Please see the streams page for more details.

8. What are the entry requirements for Foundation programs?

For details regarding the entry requirements, please choose a program and click More Details.

9. What are the intake dates and tuition fees?

There are several start dates throughout the year for each UNSW Foundation Studies Program. These start dates have been specifically chosen to ensure a smooth transition into a UNSW degree program after successfully completing Foundation Studies. Click here to match the Foundation program with the start date, the finish date and the corresponding Degree course start date. The tuition fees for each foundation program are also included in Australian dollars.

10. What are the intake dates and tuition fees?

There are several start dates throughout the year for each UNSW Foundation Studies Program. These start dates have been specifically chosen to ensure a smooth transition into a UNSW degree program after successfully completing Foundation Studies. Click here to match the Foundation program with the start date, the finish date and the corresponding Degree course start date. The tuition fees for each foundation program are also included in Australian dollars.

11. Are there any scholarships? How do I apply for a scholarship?

From time to time, we offer UNSW Foundation Studies Scholarships for various regions through the year. Please click here to see current offers and our contact details for further assistance.

12. What if I don’t have IELTS/TOEFL result?

The Foundation English Entry Course (FEEC) is the ideal preparation for a UNSW Foundation Studies course. It is offered as a 10, 15 or 20 week course and will help you to develop your English language proficiency and vital academic skills such as research and note-taking techniques and academic writing. Once you've successfully completed FEEC you'll be admitted directly into your Foundation Studies Program.
Alternatively, contact your Education Agent and discuss the possibility of sitting our free VEPT online test.

13. Is there an age requirement to start the Foundation program?

To enrol in a UNSW Foundation Studies program, students must be 16 years of age at commencement and must satisfy certain academic and English language requirements.

14. How do I apply? Is there a cost to submit an application?

Students are encouraged to apply online at https://apply.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au/. Alternatively, applications can be emailed to: admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au
There is no fee to apply.

15. When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Your completed application will usually be processed within 2 business days. Incomplete applications will receive a response within 2 business days. However, we may not be able to consider your application until all documentation/information is received.

16. What documents should I include for my application?

A complete application should include the below documents:
▪ Passport Copy
▪ Certified copies of your Academic transcripts
▪ English Proficiency Test Results if applicable (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL)
Completed Parent consent form for Under 18 applicants
Our Admissions team will contact you if any further documents required.

17. I have an offer now – what do I do next?

There are four things you need to do:
1. Sign the Acceptance Agreement & Declaration for International Student Visa Holders.
2. For students under 18 years old, please follow our under 18 guidelines and procedures and return the completed form.
3. Provide proof of payment.
4. Ensure that you have health insurance (OSHC) in place if you are an International student. Our Admissions team can assist you in arranging this.
Our Admissions team may contact you if any further information is required.

18. Do I need health insurance to apply for a Student Visa?

If you are an international student, you will need to organise your overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the whole of your program. We can organise this through our preferred provider, Medibank. The cost of your OSHC will be included in your letter of offer.

19. Can Australian citizens and Permanent Residents apply for Foundation Studies? What fees apply?

Australian Citizens and permanent residents, including students who have completed Australian Year 12, are also eligible to apply for all UNSW Foundation Studies programs and pay the same Foundation Studies tuition fees as International students. Please contact our Admissions team at admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au for more instructions and advice.

20. What Under 18 accommodation options are there?

If you are an Under 18 year old international student when you start studying with us, and you want to be part of our Under 18 Care Program where we issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW), you must stay in approved accommodation. UNSW Global has several accommodation options. Please visit the following link and click on the “Homestay” tab OR “Under 18 Accommodation”: https://www.ufs.unsw.edu.au/student-information/before-you-arrive/your-accommodation.

21. I am under 18 when the course starts. I have a relative in Australia and can I stay with them?

If you will be under 18 when you are in Australia, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place. You can nominate your own legal custodian or a relative over 21 years as your student guardian. This person must have a visa to remain in Australia for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18. For further details please see the DIBP website at https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/welfare-arrangements-under18. Alternatively, we can help you with accommodation and care arrangements by issuing a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter.

22. When and where is my Orientation?

Orientation Day is the beginning of your UNSW Foundation Studies journey. It is a compulsory event that happens on the first day of your UNSW Foundation Studies program. Please check our website regularly for updates: https://www.ufs.unsw.edu.au/student-information/when-you-arrive/your-orientation.

23. What if I cannot attend Orientation?

If you can’t make it due to the delay of Visa grant or other relevant reasons, please contact our Admissions team at admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au as soon as possible for further instructions.

24. Can I change streams and my University preferences after the course starts?

Yes, you can. Just make an appointment to see one of our Student Advisors normally by the end of week 2 from the course start date to discuss your future study plan. Please note that we may re-assess your qualifications to confirm your eligibility before we approve your request.

25. What types of assessments are used in Foundation Studies? What grading system is used?

Students are assessed throughout each course using the following methods:
▪ Assignments
▪ Tutorials and laboratory sessions
▪ Semester-end examinations
▪ Final examinations
Performance in each course is expressed in terms of a letter grade with a numerical grade. Overall program performance is expressed as a Grade Point Average (GPA) from 0-10.

26. How many days per week will I study? How many hours per week will I study?

Class contact hours vary depending on program and stream; however as a general rule your timetable will normally contain about 24 hours of formal classes each week. Students should allocate a further 24 hours each week for private study. That is, for every one hour in class students need to do one hour of private study.

27. What is the requirement to progress to UNSW after I finish the Foundation program?

Students must meet both UNSW’s GPA and English grade requirements to gain the admission to UNSW. For more information, please see: https://www.ufs.unsw.edu.au/gpa.

28. What is the progression rate from Foundation to University?

Studies have shown that UNSW Foundation Studies graduates generally perform better than other international and local students at UNSW. We have a proud record of success with a high number of students gaining entry to university. Approximately 85% of UNSW Foundation Studies students are eligible to enter a university program on completion. For some programs, over 90% of students receive an offer to UNSW.

29. Who should I talk to get more UNSW degree information?

There are a few channels available for you to learn more about UNSW. As a Foundation Studies student, you can make an appointment with a Student Advisor who is specialised in providing University information and study advice. In addition, before you complete Foundation studies, all students have the opportunity to attend an “Applying to UNSW Day” and meeting with UNSW faculty staff. The UNSW website is also an excellent resource for further information.

30. Are there any scholarships or prizes for UNSW Foundation graduates?

Yes, Standard and Standard Plus program students at the Kensington campus are eligible for scholarships and subject prizes. These are awarded automatically to high achieving students. No application form is required. You can find more details in your Student Handbook provided during the Orientation week.

31. What happens if I don’t meet the UNSW entry requirements?

You may have the opportunity to repeat the Foundation program. Please note that permission to repeat is conditional on places being available. Just make an appointment to see a Student Advisor via Email: student.support@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au or come to the Student Services Office, to find out available options.

32. If I repeat, how is my final GPA calculated?

If you repeat a full program, your final GPA will be based upon the results in the repeated program. If you repeat Semester 2 only, then you final GPA will be based on the assessments in the repeated Semester 2 of the program, unless your stream has subjects only offered in Semester 1; in this case, the previous result for those subjects will also be included in calculating your new Final GPA.

33. How do I receive and accept a UNSW Offer?

All UNSW offers will be emailed to the personal email address that you have provided to UNSW Global. UNSW offers cannot be collected in person or posted to UNSW Global. If you have met the entry requirements for a UNSW degree but have not received a UNSW offer one week after the release of your Foundation Studies results, please contact UNSW Admissions directly via https://www.enquiry.unsw.edu.au/.

34. What if I still have other questions?

If you already have a Student ID, please email admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au including your Student ID. If you have NOT submitted a UNSW Foundation Studies application, please email: enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.