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Foundation Studies: Commerce Standard Plus, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 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 Commerce Streams designed for students intending to study a Commerce Degree with The UNSW Business School. Students wishing to undertake a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies should undertake the Commerce Actuarial Stream.

  • Commerce: for students intending to study Business, Accounting, Economics and Arts. 
  • Commerce Actuarial: for students with higher mathematical ability and intending to study Actuarial Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Academic English
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Computing Studies
  • Business Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 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.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

Admission requirements:

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    38500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 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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