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Foundation Studies: Arts Standard, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #45 (QS) ,
This is where your global journey starts. As an international student, you’ll be equipped with the academic foundations, study skills and English proficiency required for success at UNSW Sydney.


There are two Arts Streams designed for students planning on studying an Arts degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or a Law degree within the Faculty of Law.

  • Arts/Social Sciences: for students intending to study a general degree across a broad range of Arts related fields.
  • International Studies: suitable for students intending to study a degree with an International Studies component requiring no mathematics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic English
  • Computing Studies
  • International Issues & Perspectives
  • Australian Studies
  • Essentials of Mathematics
  • Management
  • Business Law
  • Australian Studies 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Official transcripts 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Three letters of reference 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32850 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32850 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
  • National

    32850 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32850 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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