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More recently, our offerings have increased with the addition of Diplomas and our newly established, fully online programs. With campuses in Sydney and our programs available to study around the world, we’ve helped more than 40,000 students reach their university dreams over the past 50 years.
With all this experience, our goal is to provide a supportive transition to a degree at UNSW, whether you choose to study at the Sydney campus, in your home country or online. You can build your confidence and master important academic and English language skills, while getting practical experience and personal support to make the most of your university studies.
The first Foundation Studies Program and university language centre in Australia.
From our Diploma and Foundation Studies Programs, enjoying success at university and in their careers.
In language teaching and preparing students for university.
Classes began at the UNSW Institute of Languages in its first premises in Kensington in 1968. One year later, Intensive English courses were run for Czechoslovakian refugees, and by 1973 around 600 students were studying English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, following increased awareness of the importance of Asian languages in the region.
In 1975, the first courses in interpreting and translating were offered and 1000 migrants with professional qualifications were studying English with us.
As student numbers continued to grow, the Institute moved to UNSW’s Randwick Campus and interest expanded in the Japanese student market.
In 1989, the English for Academic Purposes courses were launched, a predecessor for the English Language Programs we offer today. Over the next 20 years, the Institute continued to grow, offering more language programs and the first Foundation Studies program in Australia in 1989, and five years later, this program was offered internationally for the first time – giving students the opportunity to study Australian university content in their own country.
In 2006, the Institute is integrated into UNSW Global Pty Limited and the current Kensington campus opened in 2007. As students from around the world continued to choose UNSW College to complete Foundation Studies and English Language Programs both here and abroad, we developed and launched its Diploma programs in 2018. This broad offering, including the launch of bespoke online programs in 2020, gives students a range of options when considering their university dreams.
Over the past 50 years, we’ve helped more than 40,000 graduates achieve their dreams of studying at university, it’s a legacy of international education that we’re extremely proud of – and there are more to come.
It is a place to discover and grow your strengths and knowledge through life‑changing experiences and inspirational mentoring from world-renowned academics. We’re here to support you on your journey to a world-class education, and help build the foundations for a successful global career.
QS World University Rankings, 2022
QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020
For number of international students, staff and scholar collaboration. Times Higher Education Rankings, 2021
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QS World University Rankings, 2022
Study on campus in Sydney, on campus in your home country or online – there are programs to suit everyone and every degree path.
A UNSW Diploma can launch you straight into Second Year of your chosen undergraduate degree. This 12-month program is equivalent to your First Year at university, and you can choose from Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Media & Communication or Science.
A UNSW Foundation Studies Program is your supportive pathway to the First Year of any UNSW degree. With four programs of varying lengths and streams that align with UNSW’s degree programs, our programs are designed so you’re well prepared for university.
With our range of Academic English programs, you will learn how to communicate effectively, participate in lectures and tutorials, read and understand university-level texts, and build your confidence before starting university.