The University of Sydney Foundation Program

Program overview

Our University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) course is crafted to provide you with the essential academic skills and knowledge crucial for thriving in your undergraduate studies at the prestigious University of Sydney. 

We understand that every student's journey is unique, which is why we provide the flexibility of different program lengths—Standard and Intensive. This ensures that regardless of your current academic level, you have the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to best suit your individual needs and aspirations.


Who is the University of Sydney Foundation Program for?

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. Additionally, we offer a range of start dates throughout the year to suit your timing and your planned university degree.

Communication, Collaboration and Critical Thinking

Our curriculum prioritises the development of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, in line with the University of Sydney's graduate attributes. By focusing on these essential skills, students will be well-prepared and equipped to excel in their university studies. 
We are dedicated to nurturing students who are ready to embrace global citizenship right from the beginning of their educational path. 

Course structure

USFP Standard and Intensive

Our Foundation Program’s Standard and Intensive formats are offered for students who need a relative amount of preparation ahead of taking on a degree at the University of Sydney. They are taught full time over the course of 52 and 40 weeks respectively.

Course structure overview

  • 5 modules are studied across the program.
  • Academic English and Social Research and Inquiry are compulsory core modules for all students.
  • Some degrees have a compulsory mathematics prerequisite.
  • Find out more information on modules.

USFP Extended*

Aimed at students who need slightly longer to prepare, this extended format of our foundation program is taught full time over the course of 75 weeks.

Course structure overview
  • Students will study 12 modules in total over the 3 semesters, 4 subjects in each semester.
  • In the first semester students will study double English and 2 standard modules.
  • All students must pass Extended English to progress to the next semester of study.

*For students currently enrolled in a USFP Extended course. Taylors College is no longer accepting new enrolments for USFP Extended.


University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Course. CRICOS Course Code: 022310D.
University of Sydney Foundation Program - Extended Course. CRICOS Course Code: 048302A.
University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Intensive. CRICOS Course Code: 036126M.
These courses will be delivered by Navitas Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Sydney

Study pathways

Students will select a pathway which aligns with their chosen degree.  Selected pathways provides students with the opportunity to study subjects which will prepare them for the first year of their university degree.



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.

USFP Modules

Find out more about the subjects you can study on the University of Sydney Foundation Program, designed to provide you with the skills you need to succeed at Australia's most prestigious university.


From your English studies to the GPA you need to progress, find out more about how you are assessed during your time at Taylors College.

How to Apply

Find out more about entry requirements and how to apply to study at Taylors College Sydney.

“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

New Curriculum July 2024

From July 2024 the Taylors College Sydney will be implementing a new Curriculum for Standard, Intensive and Extended Foundation programs. 


  • Music will no longer be offered from July 2024.
  • Students commencing USFP courses January 2023 - April 2024 will not be impacted by the new Curriculum. 
  • Current student choice of undergraduate degrees will not be impacted.
  • The USFP is delivered in a full-time face-to-face model. The hours under the new curriculum may differ from those currently published.  Full-time means at least 20 hours of scheduled course contact hours per teaching week.

The future is yours to define