The University of Sydney Foundation Program

Your pathway to the University of Sydney

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.

We offer a range of start dates and programs throughout the year to suit your timing, your academic level and your planned university degree. The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program.

Number of semester: 2
Number of subjects per semester: 5
Total hours in class per week: 25
Intake start dates: February, July 

University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Course. CRICOS Course Code: 022310D.

Number of semester: 3
Number of subjects per semester: 6
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.

University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Intensive. CRICOS Course Code: 036126M.

Number of semester: 3
Duration: 72 weeks
Intake start dates: February, August

The Extended Program consists of two parts:

  1. In the first 19 weeks you will study Extended English, Australian Identity, and the Essential Computing Skills and Study life Skills Course, PLUS two subjects from the 40 week Standard Program
  2. At the end of the first 19 weeks you must pass Extended English, and meet the academic requirements of the elective subjects to continue with the remaining 40 weeks of the program.

University of Sydney Extended Foundation Program. CRICOS Course Code: 048302A.

Did you know...?

In 2018, 95% of USFP students received offers to the University of Sydney


Course structure

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.

Compulsory subjects English A and B All students
Compulsory subjects dependant on your degree Mathematics for Business A & B Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements
Mathematics for Science A & B Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements
Music Core Theory A & B and Music Core Performance A & B (only available for January Standard and Extended August students) Bachelor of Music students
(entry dependant on audition)
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design Core A & B
(only available for January Standard and Extended August students)
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A & B
Bachelor of Visual Arts students (entry dependant on a portfolio
Elective subjects Accounting A* & B
Advanced Mathematics 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
Government and Law A* & B
Information Technology A* & B*
International Studies A* (Politics)
International Studies B* (Economics)
Mathematics (Business) A* & B
Mathematics (Science) A* & B
Media Studies and Communication A* & B
Music Elective A* & B
Physics A* & B*
Choose 2-4 subjects (A and B) depending on compulsory subjects and using the Recommendations as a guide
Subject Minors Subjects marked with a * can be taken as one semester long minor. Only 2 minors can be taken for each program.
Note: Subjects offered are conditional on student numbers/preferences.

Extended Program semester 1

Compulsory Subjects

  • Australian Identity
  • Extended English
  • Essential Computing Skills (ECS)
  • Essential Student Skills (ESS)

Elective Subjects (choose 2 subjects)

  • Accounting A
  • Australian Studies A
  • Chemistry A
  • Economics A
  • Mathematics for Business A
  • Mathematics for Science A

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


Subjects

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

A Taylors College Sydney graduate Andrew.

“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 USFP
Now studying a combined degree – Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws 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 our foundation program.

View entry requirements.

Term dates

2019 dates

Intake February

Orientation: 5 February 2019
Duration: 52 weeks

Term 1 5 February 2019 - 12 April 2019
Holiday 13 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
Term 2 29 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
Holiday 6 July 2019- 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July 2019 - 27 September 2019
Holiday 28 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
Term 4 14 October 2019 - 20 December 2019

Intake July

Orientation: 22 July 2019
Duration: 52 weeks

Term 1 22 July 2019 - 27 September 2019
Holiday 28 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
Term 2 14 October 2019 - 20 December 2019
Holiday 21 December 2019 - 3 February 2020
Term 3 4 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 4 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020

2020 dates

Intake February

Orientation: 4 February 2020
Duration: 52 weeks

Term 1 4 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 2 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Term 3 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020
Holiday 26 September - 11 October 2020
Term 4 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020

Intake July

Orientation: 20 July 2020
Duration: 52 weeks

Term 1 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Term 2 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021
Term 3 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 4 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

2019 dates

Intake April

Orientation: 29 April 2019
Duration: 39 weeks

Term 1 29 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
Holiday 6 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
Term 2 22 July 2019 - 27 September 2019
Holiday 28 September 2019 - 13 October 2019
Term 3 14 October 2019 - 20 December 2019

Intake October

Orientation: 14 October 2019
Duration: 39 weeks

Term 1 14 October 2019 - 20 December 2019
Holiday 21 December 2019 - 3 February 2020
Term 2 4 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 3 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020

2020 dates

Intake April

Orientation: 27 April 2020
Duration: 39 weeks

Term 1 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Term 2 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Term 3 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020

Intake October

Orientation: 12 October 2020
Duration: 39 weeks

Term 1 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021
Term 2 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 3 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

2019 dates

Intake February 

Orientation: 11 February 2019
Duration: 72 Weeks

Term 1 11 February 2019 - 12 April 2019
Holiday 13 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
Term 2 29 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
Holiday 6 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
Term 3 22 July 2019 - 27 September 2019
Holiday 28 September 2019 - 13 October 2019 
Term 4 14 October 2019 - 20 December 2019
Holiday 21 December 2019 - 3 February 2020
Term 5 4 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 6 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020

Intake August

Orientation: 12 August 2019
Duration: 72 weeks

Term 1 12 August 2019 - 3 October 2019
Holiday 4 October 2019 - 7 October 2019
Term 2 8 October 2019 - 20 December 2019
Holiday 21 December 2019 - 3 February 2020
Term 3 4 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 4 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Term 5 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Term 6 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020

2020 dates

Intake February

Orientation: 10 February 2020
Duration: 72 weeks

Term 1 10 February 2020 - 9 April 2020
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020
Term 2 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020
Term 3 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
Term 4 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021
Term 5 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 6 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021

Intake August

Orientation: 10 August 2020
Duration: 72 weeks

Term 1 10 August 2020 - 2 October 2020
Holiday 3 October 2020 - 11 October 2020
Term 2 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021
Term 3 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 4 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
Holiday 26 June 2021 - 11 July 2021
Term 5 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021
Holiday 18 September 2021 - 4 October 2021
Term 6 5 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Holiday 2019 2020
New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December Saturday 26 December
Additional Day   Monday 28 December

Assessments

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.