Foundation Studies

Want to study an undergraduate degree? Foundation Studies will get you there.

International students who do not satisfy the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree can undertake a Foundation Studies program. You are guaranteed a place in your chosen undergraduate degree at UNSW on completion.

Foundation Studies programs

Our programs are specifically designed for international students. You will also be eligible to apply for undergraduate degrees at other universities. Our programs are reognised in all Australian and New Zealand universities, and around the world.


Programs are offered across four major disciplines: Science, Commerce and Business, the Arts, and Design & Building.


For more information, please visit the UNSW Foundation Studies website.

  • Standard Plus program:

    12 months

    Recommended for students with moderate English language proficiency (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent) who need or would like a slower pace of tuition

  • Standard program:

    9 months

    Recommended for students with stronger English language proficiency (IELTS 5.5 with minimum 5.0 in all individual skills or equivalent) and solid academic results

  • Transition program:

    19 weeks

    For international students with very strong English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent) who have completed a matriculation program in their own country (e.g. A-levels) but have not met the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, or who need to further their knowledge in a subject area

  • English plus program

    10 weeks

    For those who meet the academic requirements for a Foundation Studies program but whose English language proficiency is moderate (IELTS 5.0 or equivalent). You can complete this program before starting a UNSW Foundation Studies program