The High Achievers Preparation Program

A fast-track to your degree at the University of Sydney

What is the High Achievers Preparation Program?

The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) is specifically designed to help high achieving international students, who have excellent academic results and English skills, to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. Created through the combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College Sydney, our blend of academic and contextual studies are delivered to ensure you are ready for the next stage of your education.

Who is this program for?

If you just missed out on direct entry 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. Students who need dedicated mentoring ahead of studying a degree will benefit from this program, with a combination of compulsory and opt-in subjects providing a personally tailored curriculum to keep you on track for success.

Course structure

The program is a maximum of 20 weeks over 2 terms that prepares you for your chosen degree at the University of Sydney. You will study a regular pattern of 4 subjects, each subject for five hours a week, a total of 20 hours of class time per week.

Mode of study: Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training: Compulsory online tutorial on Academic Integrity and CareerAhead program.

Placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.

Award: Course Completion Certificate indicating competent or not competent in each of the 4 subjects studied.

Assessment methods: Oral presentations (individual & group), research projects on real-world situations, science practicums, essays, communicating mathematically to solve problems - no formal examination blocks.

Find out more about the subjects on offer.


Compulsory subjects

  • English
  • Uni Prep

Two of

  • Australian History
  • Sociology
  • Science Practicum
  • Advanced Mathematics

Term dates

Duration: 20 weeks

  2021 2022
Orientation 13 September 2021 12 September 2022
Term 1 13 September 2021 - 17 December 2021 12 September 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 18 December 2021 - 3 January 2022 17 December 2022 - 2 January 2023
Term 2 4 January 2022 - 14 January 2022 3 January 2023 - 13 January 2023
Holiday 2022 2023
New Year's Day Monday 3 January Monday 2 January
Australia Day Wednesday 26 January Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 15 April Friday 7 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 16 April Saturday 8 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 17 April Sunday 9 April
Easter Monday Monday 18 April Monday 10 April
ANZAC Day Monday 25 April Tuesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 13 June Monday 12 June
Labour Day Monday 3 October Monday 2 October
Christmas Day Sunday 25 December Monday 25 December
Boxing Day Monday 26 December Tuesday 26 December
Additional Day Tuesday 27 December n/a
Graduated USPP student Karen Li

“The most useful thing I learnt was how to write an academic style essay, including how to reference properly to avoid plagiarism. This is definitely a skill you need at university. Meeting new friends and having excursions was the thing I enjoyed most about studying the HAPP program.”

Karen Li, from Hong Kong
The University of Sydney High Achievers Preparation Program Graduate


The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) is a competency-based course. You must be deemed competent in all your subjects and meet the English entry requirements to progress to the degree you wish to study at the University of Sydney.

Entry requirements

Learn about the required level of English and academic grades you need to achieve to be accepted into the High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP).

View entry requirements.

University entry requirements

Some degrees have extra entry requirements. For example, you may be asked to submit a portfolio. The University may also ask you to attend an audition or an interview.

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The list of courses available to you depends on your grades.

Note: This course is delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Sydney.

University of Sydney High Achievers Preparation Program. CRICOS Course Code: 089556F.

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