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Foundation Program

Admission pathway for international undergraduate applicants

If you’re unable to meet the minimum academic requirements for undergraduate study as an international student, the Foundation Program could be your ticket to the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney Foundation Program is the ideal preparation course for an undergraduate degree, if you do not meet the academic admission criteria (previously referred to as entry requirements) for your preferred course. Not only does it open doors to tertiary study, you’ll be equipped with key learning skills that will help you succeed in university and beyond.

The program is conducted by Taylors College on behalf of Study Group Australia and the University of Sydney. Taylors College is located in Waterloo, just 15 minutes from our Camperdown Campus.

Led by highly skilled and experienced teachers, the program includes lectures, tutorials, group work and presentations, giving you a chance to develop skills in public speaking, research and analysis.

You will have the flexibility to select subjects from five areas of study, meaning you can choose subjects related to your desired university course, along with others for general interest to keep your workload varied and interesting.

After you have completed the program, you'll be eligible to apply for Semester 1 and Semester 2 admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney and other Australian universities.

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

High Achievers Preparation Program

The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) is a 18-week program specifically designed for high achieving students who have excellent academic results and English skills. If you just missed out on admission to the University of Sydney, this program will help you fast-track into the first year of a bachelor degree at the University within 5 months. The program is available to certain international qualifications only, find out more about admission criteria.

How to apply

You can apply directly via the Taylors College website, or complete the application form found on pages 53-54 of the Foundation Program Brochure (PDF 5.8MB) and return it electronically along with the supporting documents.

It’s important to remember that some university courses have limited places and may have additional admission criteria. Before you apply for the Foundation Program, check the admission criteria for your chosen degree.

Not just about study

The Foundation Program offers support beyond the classroom. Arriving in a foreign country can be overwhelming, which is why we have an airport pick-up service and two 24-hour contact numbers for emergencies. We also offer welfare counselling and an on-campus health centre.

We do our best to make you feel at home throughout your studies. Our student activity program hosts a range of social and cultural outings to introduce you to Sydney and your classmates.

Taylors College

2018 University of Sydney Foundation Program Brochure

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