The University of Sydney Foundation Program

The University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) is the preparation course for undergraduate degrees at the University of Sydney if you do not meet the academic entry requirements for your preferred course. It is conducted by Taylors Institute of Advanced Studies Ltd on behalf of Study Group Australia and the University of Sydney.

Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for first and second semester entry to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney and other Australian universities.

The Foundation Program has a record of successful university entry – more than 80 percent of its students gain entry into undergraduate courses after completing the program.

Key advantages

The Foundation Program is specifically designed to ensure you achieve the strong academic foundation you need to succeed at the University of Sydney. The following benefits are just a few of the many advantages of the program.

A place at the University of Sydney

As long as you achieve the necessary grades while studying in the Foundation Program, you will receive an offer of a place in the undergraduate course of your choice. But please note: some courses have limited places available, and may have additional entry requirements.

Program tailored for university entry

The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program – giving you the perfect academic stepping stone into university-level studies.

Expert teachers

Our staff are highly experienced teachers with particular expertise in teaching international students.

Comprehensive teaching methods

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group work and presentations. All subjects are supported by reference texts, study guides or software packages. You will have approximately 25 contact study hours per week.

Flexible intake dates

The Foundation Program offers start dates throughout the year, giving you the option to begin your studies at a convenient time.

Excellent student support

You will be supported in every aspect of your academic and personal life. From small-group tutorial support classes to career counselling, accommodation guidance and on-campus health care – we’re keen to help. We can even pick you up at the airport when you arrive.

Convenient location

The program is based at Taylors College in Bourke Street, Waterloo. It takes about 10 minutes to get there by bus from the University of Sydney. If you’re travelling by train, it’s a five-minute walk from Green Square Railway Station, on the fast rail link between the Airport and the city business centre. Contact Taylors College for more details.

Modern facilities

The modern and fully equipped teaching facilities include science laboratories, computer rooms and areas for music, art and graphic design. The college also has a fully equipped student library, student common room and health centre.

Access to accommodation

There are several convenient accommodation options available to students of the Foundation Program, such as Homestay or UniLodge. Read more about accommodation here.