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Foundation Studies, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 8 months
University rank #29 (QS) Canberra, Australia
The ANU College Foundation Studies from Australian National University has been designed to provide students with the appropriate academic preparation for their intended ANU degree program. 

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Upon completion of the ANU College Foundation Studies from Australian National University, and subject to meeting ANU entry requirements, acceptance into the student’s chosen undergraduate degree program is guaranteed. 

Quality Assurance

The ANUC Foundation Studies Programs meet the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students providing an academic preparation for those seeking entry to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.

Course Outline

Standard Foundation Studies 

The four term Standard program offers is the flagship foundation program at ANUC. It provides the best opportunity for students to study diverse core and elective courses and obtain a competitive GPA entry score for ANU. This foundation course also maximises student opportunity to meet pre-requisite course criteria for multiple ANU programs and achieve the high pathway English hurdle requirement prior to commencing at ANU.

Students undertake the following:

  • complete a total of 20 courses over four terms (5 per term)
  • 12 compulsory courses are selected from the English (core skills and applied), plus Mathematics or Research skills areas
  • 8 discipline electives (science, engineering and computer science; business and economics; arts, law and social sciences).    


Foundation Studies courses comprise both continuous assessment and end-of-semester final examinations. Students must pass final examinations in order to pass each course. Students taking ANU undergraduate courses must complete the University assessment. Students also only require an average pass grade of 50% for their FSX courses, needing a minimum of 55% in Foundation English.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundation English
  • Maths in Society 
  • The Social Psychology of Leisure
  • Australian Landscape 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 8 months
    • Duration description
      • Foundation Studies Extended: 58 weeks
      • Foundation Studies Rapid: 37 weeks
      • Foundation Studies Standard: 50 weeks
  • 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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General Requirements

  • ANUC Foundation Studies Extended. CRICOS Course Code: 093337E.
  • ANUC Foundation Studies Rapid. CRICOS Course Code: 093335G.
  • ANUC Foundation Studies Standard. CRICOS Course Code: 093336F.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39450 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39450 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
  • National

    39450 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39450 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
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  • Foundation Studies Extended - $39,450
  • Foundation Studies Standard and Rapid - $31,500

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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