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Top Pathway Programs: Your Gateway to University

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Starting your university journey is an exhilarating yet daunting experience, particularly for international students. At UNSW College, we understand that each student's educational path is unique. That's why we've developed a range of pathway programs to seamlessly connect your current academic level with your goals for university.

This article highlights our leading UNSW College pathway programs, your entry point to a prestigious university.

Why Choose a UNSW College Pathway

For international students, UNSW College is the perfect fit for scenarios such as:

Transition from high school to university

Looking for extra support moving from high school to university? Our pathway programs provide additional academic and English language support needed for a seamless transition.

Did not meet direct entry criteria

If you didn’t directly qualify for a UNSW degree, don’t worry. Our pathways offer a viable alternative to keep your educational goals on track.

Incomplete high school education

We recognise that the traditional educational path isn’t for everyone. If you haven’t completed high school, our pathway programs offer a supportive framework to help you catch up and advance.

Improving English

If English isn’t your first language or you’re aiming to improve your language proficiency, our Academic English courses within the pathway programs are designed to enhance your writing, speaking and reading skills.

Not ready to move to Sydney

Moving to Sydney isn’t always an immediate option. That’s why UNSW College offers several pathway programs that allow you to begin your educational journey from wherever you are, offering flexibility until you’re ready to relocate.

Exploring UNSW College Pathways:

We want to make sure you’re on the right path from the very beginning. Choose a UNSW College program and stream that align with your university goals:


Duration: 12 months
Progression: Second Year at UNSW Sydney

Our Diploma program fast-tracks you directly into the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree in fields of study such as Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Media and Communication or Science.

Foundation Studies

Duration: 4 – 16 months
Progression: First Year at UNSW Sydney

Foundation Studies offers three distinct programs: Transition, Standard and Standard Plus. Each program is designed to accommodate students with varying levels of readiness, providing tailored support and flexibility to help achieve your academic goals.

Academic English

Duration: 5 – 30 weeks
Progression: Various pathways

Improve your English language skills with the Academic English program. This course utilises real UNSW course material to improve your writing, speaking and reading skills, preparing you for academic success.


Duration: 15 weeks / 1 term
Progression: Master's degree at UNSW Sydney

For those aspiring to pursue a master's degree, the Pre-Masters program offers a pathway with additional academic and English language support. Completing this pathway not only secures your entry but also provides up to 12 units of credit towards your master’s degree.

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Diploma & Foundation Studies
UNSW Global Pty Limited ABN 62 086 418 582 trading as UNSW College™ currently delivers Diplomas and Foundation Studies on behalf of UNSW Sydney - CRICOS Provider Code 00098G; UNSW Sydney TEQSA Provider ID: PRV12055 (Australian University).
From 26 August 2024, UNSW College™ will commence delivery of Diplomas under its own CRICOS Provider Code - 01020K and TEQSA Provider ID: PRV13020 (Institute of Higher Education).
From 13 January 2025, UNSW College™ will commence delivery of Foundation Studies under its own CRICOS Provider Code - 01020K and TEQSA Provider ID: PRV13020 (Institute of Higher Education).

Pre-Masters Program & Academic English
UNSW College™ delivers the Pre-Masters Program and Academic English programs under CRICOS Provider Code 01020K and TEQSA Provider ID: PRV13020 (Institute of Higher Education).

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