Department of Foundation and Pathways

Prepare for further study by taking courses run by Swinburne's Department of Foundation and Pathways. We can help you reach the entry requirements for a university degree, or improve your English language skills.

There are options for local and international students. Courses exist in English language, foundation studies, UniLink diplomas, professional year programs and associate degrees across multiple study areas.

Foundation Year courses

Swinburne Foundation Year is a pre-university program for international students. These eight- and 12-month courses are designed to help you meet the entry requirements for university in Australia and provide a direct pathway to a bachelor degree at Swinburne.

Swinburne offers the following Foundation Year courses:

UniLink diplomas

UniLink diplomas are equivalent to first-year university. Successful completion provides entry into the second year of a bachelor degree.

The course content is based on the first year of a bachelor degree, but you have more contact hours and more one-on-one time with your teachers, and class sizes are smaller.

Business & Law

Course code

Course name

DP-BUS1 Diploma of Business (UniLink) (8 months)
DP-BUSEXT Diploma of Business (UniLink) (12 months) (International students only)

Health, Arts & Design

Course code

Course name

DP-ARTCOM Diploma of Arts and Communication (UniLink) (8 months)
DP-ARTCOME Diploma of Arts and Communication (UniLink) (12 months) (International students)
DP-DES1 Diploma of Design (UniLink) (8 months)
DP-DESEXT Diploma of Design (Unilink) (12 months) (International students)
DP-HSC1 Diploma of Health Sciences (UniLink)