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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

Orientation12 September 2022
Term 112 September 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday17 December 2022 - 2 January 2023
Term 23 January 2023 - 13 January 2023
New Year's DayMonday 3 JanuaryMonday 2 January
Australia DayWednesday 26 JanuaryThursday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 15 AprilFriday 7 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday 16 AprilSaturday 8 April
Easter SundaySunday 17 AprilSunday 9 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 AprilMonday 10 April
ANZAC DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 April
Queen's BirthdayMonday 13 JuneMonday 12 June
Labour DayMonday 3 OctoberMonday 2 October
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberMonday 25 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 DecemberTuesday 26 December
Additional DayTuesday 27 Decembern/a


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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Entry requirements

Find out about the academic and English language requirements for studying at Taylors College.

Karen Li from Hong Kong

“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