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What will I learn?

The Standard Foundation Studies Program is a faster pace program which provides a pathway to a diploma or UNSW degree for students who did not meet the academic or English language entry requirements.

Who is this program for?

The Standard Program is a pre-university program for students who have strong results in year 11 or 12 but have not met the entry requirements for the Transition Program and need support in building English and critical thinking skills for University.

Our teaching style follows university practice with lectures and tutorials. Most tutorial classes have about 18 students, so you will receive the attention you need to succeed. You will also participate in class activities which help develop your presentation skills and give you greater confidence in speaking English.


All streams of study are available in Standard, Standard Plus and Extended Foundation Studies Programs. The Transition Program offers all streams of study except Arts. Transition Program students who are planning to study an Art & Social Sciences degree should choose either the Commerce or the Design Stream. In most cases, students study a total of 48 or 50 units in their chosen stream.

Transition students who are planning to study an Art & Social Sciences degree should choose either the Commerce or the Design & Architecture Stream.

Progression to UNSW

When you successfully complete your pathway program, and meet the grade point average (GPA) and English language requirements, you will gain entry to your chosen UNSW bachelors degree. If you are studying Foundation Studies and do not meet the GPA required to enter first year, you may have the option to complete a Diploma Program before progressing to second year at UNSW.



Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
A$34,800.00 (19,14,191) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 August 2022, 9 November 2022


UNSW Global

223 Anzac Parade,


New South Wales,

2033, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

To be eligible for entry, students must be at least 16 years of age at the time they commence a UNSW Foundation Studies program.

Foundation English Requirements:

For Standard Commerce & Design:

Minimum IELTS Requirement - 6.0, Writing 5.0 (sub-scores 5.0);

TOEFL (paper based) - 537, TWE 4.0;

TOEFL (internet iBT) - 75, Writing 14;

Pearson Test of English - 50, Writing 38;

Cambridge Advanced English - 169, Writing 154 (sub-scores 154);

HKDSE English - 3, Writing 2.

For Standard Science & Arts:

Minimum IELTS Requirement - 5.5, Writing 5.5 (sub-scores 5.0);

TOEFL (paper based) - 513, TWE 4.5;

TOEFL (internet iBT) - 65, Writing 18;

Pearson Test of English - 46, Writing 46;

Cambridge Advanced English - 162, Writing 162 (sub-scores 154);

HKDSE English - 2, Writing 3.


About UNSW Global

UNSW Global is a pathway provider to UNSW Sydney, a top 50 university, and offers a range of pathway programs.

  • Offers market-leading pathway options
  • UNSW Global is connected to the wider UNSW community
  • Taught by renowned educators and researchers
  • Provides a supported learning experience