The University of Western Australia Foundation Programs (UWAFP) meet the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students providing an academic preparation for seeking entry to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.
The UWA Foundation Program provides international students with a supportive steppingstone to the first year of a Bachelor degree at The University of Western Australia. The program brings together the collective expertise, experience and passion for education held by UWA and Taylors College Perth.
Supportive and experienced teaching staff help you develop your skills and abilities. You will study independently, work in groups, learn to lead, carry out research and deliver presentations. These are all essential ingredients for success at UWA.
Throughout the program, your academic achievement will be carefully monitored, and you’ll be given regular feedback on your progress. Every UWAFP unit is made up of coursework (50%) and a final examination (50%).
Depending on your life plans, academic level and preferred degree subject, the UWA Foundation Program offers advanced, standard and extended options to suit your individual needs.
Foundation Program student, Shirley from Vietnam, wants to be a teacher in the future. Her journey starts with our Foundation Program.
View the UWA Foundation Program subjects units.
Your choice of subjects for Foundation Program are dependent on the degree program you want to progress to at the University of Western Australia. Here are the recommended units of study for the UWAFP Standard, Advanced and Extended programs based on your intended degree at UWA:
*Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics majors have additional prerequisites
Sample unit enrolment: Standard UWAFP student
This example is for a student interested in studying Commerce at UWA:
|EL1A: Fundamentals of Academic English
||EL2: Information and Cultural Literacy
||EL3: Advanced Research A
||EL4: Advanced Research B
|EL1B: Fundamentals of Academic English
||MA2: Predictive Mathematics
||MA3: Mathematical Modelling
|MA1: Mathematical Techniques
||AC2: Financial Accounting – The Accounting Records
||EC2: Organisation of Markets
||MK3: Developing Products and Promotions Strategy
|AC1: Financial Accounting – Classification and Presentation
||EC1: How Markets Work
||MK1: Marketing Management
||MC1: Print Media and Advertising
Key = Compulsory units / Elective units
Employability Skills units (compulsory)
Learn more about our Employability Skills (ESK) units that are provided for all Foundation Program students.
Top Scholars program
This Program identifies six academically able students each year early in their Foundation Program and provides them with the opportunity to study an appropriate Level 1 UWA unit concurrently with the balance of their UWAFP studies.
This Program applies to all students entering the UWAFP. Students are eligible to enter if, during their first one or two terms of study, they:
- achieve an overall average of 80% or more;
- achieve an average of 55% or more in all English units;
- are formally recommended by a College Faculty;
- are subsequently selected by the Director of Academic Programs.
One student from each of the three College Departments (English/Humanities, Maths/Science, Business/IT) will be selected.
The two UWA intakes per year will enable six students to access this opportunity annually.
Learn more about how you will be assessed throughout your studies.