Foundation Courses in Australia for International Students

Foundation Studies, also known as pathways to undergraduate courses, are programs from universities aimed at preparing students for undergraduate degree. Foundation programs are generally divided into tri-mesters which provide an intensive and fast path to university. You can go to university in just one year after successfully completing this program.

This foundation program is intended for those who do not meet the university entry requirements. For example, the final grade or language skills does not meet the minimum grade required by the university. After completing this program well, students can be directly accepted for bachelor degree at the university.

Foundation courses are academically demanding courses that contain core academic modules and a choice of various academic routes, each carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful in your future study goals.

This route leads directly to a series of specialized degree courses in related disciplines. There is a Law Foundation Program that prepares you for law degrees, Business Foundation Programs for business degrees, Science foundation programs for science degrees and so on. You will only be focused on the course of your choice and do not need to study a course that is not related to it.

Foundation students attend lectures and tutorials in university style, and small classes with 15 to 20 students,  so they benefit from more frequent contact with teachers. Small classes also make it easy for staff to carefully monitor each student’s development and provide input regularly throughout the year.

Why Foundation?

  • To fulfill the entry requirements for undergraduate degree

This foundation program bridges the distance from high school with college, where students are asked to be more independent in class. In the foundation program, in addition to the pursuit of values, students will learn the skills needed to attend lectures well. For example, taking notes from the teacher’s explanation, finding data or articles needed to complete papers or assignments, adjusting to the campus environment and so on. In essence, the foundation program helps students to adjust to college life that is different from high school.

  • Improve your English

Language, of course, is very important. To get maximum results, students must be able to understand what is conveyed by lecturers, do assignments, understand textbooks, prepare for examinations, interact with lecturers and students, as well as university staff, and so on. All is inseparable from communication that requires a good level of fluency in English.

  • Train your confidence

With good preparation, students will certainly be more confident when starting their programs. Students will be more accustomed to hearing people around in English, and communicate in English.

Foundation Courses in Australia for International Students

Various institutions in Australia offer Foundation courses, including:

University of Canberra College

UC College is part of the University of Canberra. Students share the same campus and have access to all the same facilities, which provide an authentic and interesting introduction to the provision of university life. Programs offered by UC College include the UC English language program, UC Diploma, UC International Foundation Studies, and the Graduate Certificate in Academic Foundation (GCAF).

  Durasi Intake Course Fee Requirement
UC International Foundation Studies 3 terms (12 months) Feb & Jun $23.760 IELTS 5,5 & all bands 5,0

Eynesbury College

Eynesburry college offers pathways to The University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide.

Foundation Studies Programs Intake 2020 fee Requirements
Standard Foundation Studies Jan, Feb, Apr, Jun, Oct A$28,000 Year 11 or equivalent, Overall 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in individual band scores)
Extended Foundation Studies   A$35,800  
UniStart Semester 1 (offshore) PMERF   A$3,100  
UniStart Semester 2 (16 week program following completion of Semester 1 offshore)   A$14,000  

University of Sydney

Taylors College offers the Foundation Program as a pathway to the University of Sydney. The program includes several fields of study:

  • Science/Engineering & IT/Health
  • Economics/Commerce
  • Arts/media
  • Music
  • Visual Arts & Design

Foundation programs available are divided into 3 types, namely Standard with a duration of 40 weeks, extended duration of 59 weeks, and intensive 30 weeks.

  Fees Start Requirements
Standard 40 weeks $34.300 Feb, Jul High school year 2, 65% in 4 subjects IELTS 5,0, no band less than 5,0
Extended 59 weeks $44.350 Feb, Aug High school year 2, 70-75% in 4 subjects IELTS 5,5, no band less than 5,5
Intensive 30 weeks $34.400 Apr, Okt High school year 2, 80-85% in 4 subjects IELTS 6,0, no band less than 5,5

Bond University College

The Bond University College Foundation Program is a two semester (8 months) program that enables students to learn the core academic skills required for entry into undergraduate study here at Bond University.

  Fees Start Requirements
Bond University College Foundation Program $14,720 per semester Jan, May, Sep IELTS: 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) equivalent to Australian Year 11

Deakin College

Deakin College is a direct entry path to Deakin University, providing Deakin student experiences that support a successful transition to further study at the University by offering innovative teaching and learning programs, positive student experiences, and digital engagement learning technologies.

Program Fee Duration Intake
Foundation Program A$25,350 (Standard)
A$29,900 (Extended)
8 months (Standard 12 months (Extended) Mar, Jun, Okt

University of New South Wales

Foundation studies are offered across four major disciplines, each with two specialisation streams:

  • Commerce/Business: Commerce and Commerce/Actuarial
  • Science/Engineering: Physical Sciences and Life Sciences
  • Arts/Humanities: International Studies and Arts/Social Sciences
  • Design: Fine Arts and Design & Built Environment
  Duration Fees Start Requirements
Extended program 15 months AUD$45,800 Feb, Jun, Sep IELTS 5.0 Writing 5.0 n(other sub-scores 4.5)
Standard Plus program 12 months AUD$39,500                      Feb, Jun, Sep IELTS 5.5, with a minimum 5.0 in all bands
Standard program 9 months AUD$33,850                      Nov, Apr, Jul IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent) with a 5.0 in all bands
Transition program 4 months AUD$22,800 Apr, Jul, Des IELTS 6.0, with a 5.5 in Writing, and 5.0 or above in other sub-bands

Queensland University of Technology International College

QUT International College is a QUT entry point that offers English, Foundation, Diploma and University Certificate programs in Tertiary Preparation for Undergraduate Studies. Here are the details,

Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Extended Foundation Feb 1 year $25,125 IELTS 5,5 & 5 in all bands
Foundation Intensive Program Feb, Jun, Oct 4 months $10,050 IELTS 6 & 5 in all bands
Standard Foundation Program Feb, Jun, Oct 8 months $20,100 IELTS 5,5 & 5 in all bands

Murdoch Institute of Technology

MIT is pathway to Murdoch University, bridges the gap from school to university.

Program Duration Fee Requirements
Foundation studies 2 Trimesters $22,320 International equivalent to completion of Year 11 requirements IELTS: 5.5 average (no band less than 5.0)

University of Tasmania International Pathway College

UTAS International Pathway College provides Foundation, International First Year Diplomas and Pre Masters courses as pathways to the University of Tasmania.

Program Program length Start date End date 2020 Fees (AUD)
Fast-track 1 semester 24 February 2020 23 June 2020 18,000
Fast-track 1 semester 13 July 2020 10 November 2020 18,000
Fast-track 1 semester 2 November 2020 12 February 2021 18,000
Standard 2 semesters 28 October 2019 23 June 2020 19,900 (2019fee)
Standard 2 semesters 24 February 2020 10 November 2020 20,800
Standard 2 semesters 13 July 2020 12 February 2021 20,800
Standard 2 semesters 2 November 2020 22 June 2021 20,800
Extended 3 semesters 24 February 2020 12 February 2021 27,700
Extended 3 semesters 13 July 2020 22 June 2021 27,700
Extended 3 semesters 2 November 2020 9 November 2021 27,700

Registration Requirements:

  • Minimum 17 years old
  • Australia High School Year 11 or equivalent
  • English:
Program Overall IELTS score required No bands less than
Fast-track 6.0 5.0
Standard 5.5 5.0
Extended 5.0 5.0

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne accepts a large number of foundation studies programs as entry pathways to undergraduate courses. Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) has helped students make a successful transition from school in their home country to the University of Melbourne for over 20 years.

You can choose:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Biomedicine
  • Commerce
  • Design
  • Music
  • Oral Health
  • Science

Monash College

Foundation Year subject options

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English (compulsory)
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Global Studies
  • Contemporary Issues (available Sem 1, 2018)
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
Course format 2020 Fees* Requirements
Standard A$29,000 IELTS 5.5, Writing 5.5 with no band less than 5.0
Intensive A$29,000 IELTS 6.0 – no band less than 5.5
Extended A$41,500 IELTS 5.0 – no band less than 5.0

Macquarie University

If you have completed at least a Year 11 equivalent qualification and need additional academic support or further English skills to enter the first year of your undergraduate degree, these programs are for you. In the Standard Foundation and Intensive programs you have the freedom to explore your interests across a range of areas.

Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Standard Foundation Program Feb, Jul, Oct 4 terms $24,960 17 years of age Year 11 or equivalent IELTS of 5.5 overall with minimum 5.0 in each band
Intensive Program Feb, Apr, Oct 2 terms $16,500 17 years of age IELTS of 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each band

La Trobe College

Pathway programs includes a range of specialised foundation courses and diplomas that lead to more than 100 degrees at La Trobe University. Here is Foundation studies in La Trobe college:

  • Foundation Studies for Business and Humanities                                                                        
  • Foundation Studies for Health and Life Sciences
  • Foundation Studies for Engineering and Computer Science
Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Foundation Studies Feb, Jun, Oct 2 trimesters A$22,900 Year 11 or equivalent IELTS 5.5 (no band score below 5.0)

Australian Catholic University

The Foundation Studies Program provides a pathway to ACU undergraduate degrees, for international students who wish to study at university but do not have a recognised Year 12 qualification.

Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Foundation Studies Mar 35 weeks $19980.00 Year 11 or equivalent IELTS overall band score of 5.5 with no individual band less than 5

Victoria University

Victorias University’s (VU) International Foundations program is designed for international students. Comparable in standard to an Australian Year 12, the program prepares students for tertiary studies at Victoria University.

The course offers a guaranteed pathway towards first year undergraduate degrees and HE diploma, provided students meet the requirements of the agreed pathway.

Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Foundation Studies Jun, Oct 26 weeks $10,600 per semester Year 11 or equivalent IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0

The University of Western Australia

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.

Program Intake Duration Fee Requirements
Foundation Studies Jan, Jul 40 (Standard), 30 (Advanced) or 60 (Extended) $24,550 Standard: IELTS 5.5 (No band less than 5.0) Advanced: IELTS 5.5 (No band less than 5.5) Extended: IELTS 5.0 (No band less than 5.0)

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