Take the most effective pathway to the University of Sydney. The University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) is a rigorous, focused program. It provides you with the training you need to succeed at Australia's most prestigious university. The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program.
The USFP is designed to assist students who want to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, but don't meet the necessary entry requirements. We will support you whatever your academic needs, through one of our three specially-designed program structures. Additionally, we offer a range of start dates throughout the year to suit your timing and your planned university degree.
Number of semester: 2
Number of subjects per semester: 5
Total hours in class per week: 25
Intake start dates: January, July
University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Course. CRICOS Course Code: 022310D.
Number of study periods: 2
Study period 1:
Study period 2:
Total hours in class per week: 30
Intake start dates: April, October
Note: you need a higher level of English for this program. View our entry requirements.
Please note subject offering is limited for the Intensive program. It is directed towards Science/Commerce degree students. All Intensive students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.
University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Intensive. CRICOS Course Code: 036126M.
Number of semester: 3
Duration: 78 weeks
Intake start dates: January, August
The Extended Program consists of two parts:
University of Sydney Extended Foundation Program. CRICOS Course Code: 048302A.
In 2019, 97% of USFP students received offers to the University of Sydney
Mode of study: Full time, on campus.
Compulsory online and/or work-based training: Compulsory online tutorial on Academic Integrity generally completed in Orientation but of no mark value.
Placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.
Award: Transcript indicating statement of Course Completion, Course Mark/Exam Mark/Final Mark for each subject including English B , Overall GPA and letter grade for English B.
Once enrolled with the University of Sydney Foundation Program, you will receive a conditional offer to a degree at the University of Sydney.
All students must study English A and English B during the Foundation Program.
If your degree at the University has a University of Sydney prerequisite for Mathematics then you must study Mathematics during the Foundation Program.
Keeping in mind the subjects recommended to you, you are then welcome to choose your elective subjects.
Accounting A* & B
Australian Studies A* & B*
Biology A* & B*
Chemistry A* & B
Economics A* & B*
Foundations of Social Science A* & B
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A* & B
Further Mathematics A* & B*
Government and Law A* & B
Information Technology A* & B*
International Studies A* (Politics)
International Studies B* (Economics)
Mathematics for Business A* & B
Mathematics for Science A* & B
Media Studies and Communication A* & B
Music Elective A* & B
Physics A* & B*
Elective Subjects (choose 2 subjects)
Then, Semester 2 and 3 with English A and B and a choice from all Standard subjects
Note: These courses are delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Sydney
We recognise that you are most likely to do well in the subjects that interest you, so after completing your compulsory subjects, you can choose different elective subjects to study towards your chosen stream, which can help build the foundation for your future undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.
Learn more about our subjects.
1st Semester (4 subjects in 10 Weeks)
2nd Semester (6 subjects in 20 weeks)
NOTE: Some exceptions.
IMPORTANT: Requirements of the Course.
Subjects with prerequisites (must study and pass the A component before studying the B component)
Subjects with NO prerequisites (No need to study and pass the A component before studying the B component)
Note that the A & B components can be studied concurrently, or the B component can be studied alone as a Minor subject.
“USFP is a really good program designed not only to allow you to study at a prestigious uni, but also to be able to do well in it.”
Andrew, from Taiwan
Graduated from USFPNow studying a combined degree – Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney
Learn about the required level of English and academic grades you need to achieve to be accepted into our foundation program.
View entry requirements.
Duration: 52 weeks
Duration: 40 weeks
Duration: 78 weeks
Duration: 78 weeks
Whether you wish to understand how your English and academic progress are graded, or what GPA is required for you to get into the degree program of your choice at the University of Sydney, learn more about assessments today.