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Foundation Year, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 8 months
University rank #42 (BCR) Brisbane, Australia
Throughout the Foundation Year program at University of Queensland, academic achievement is carefully monitored and students are given regular feedback on their progress. 

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The IES Foundation Year at the University of Queensland meets the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students. It provides academic preparation for students seeking entry to first-year undergraduate study.

Based on a student's academic background, English proficiency, desired undergraduate program and any additional needs, three programs within the IES Foundation Year are available.

Standard program 

The Standard program is recommended for students with good academic results and English language proficiency. It is the most popular of the three programs, with the majority of students choosing to study it. Students complete their studies in small class-sizes and have full access to student support services throughout the duration of their studies.

Express program 

The Express program is designed for students who have stronger English language proficiency and are capable of handling a faster pace of tuition. It is also suitable for students who have completed a matriculation program in their own country but have not quite met the entry levels for undergraduate study or who need to gain assumed knowledge in certain subjects. 

Extended program 

The Extended program offers additional support and services to help students maximise their success at foundation and university. The extended feature of this program consists of Mathematics and intensive English. 

On top of the Student Services available to them as part of the Standard and Express programs, Extended students have regular meetings with the program coordinator to ensure they are meeting the challenges of their studies. The program is especially beneficial for younger students who need to increase their English language competency.

IES English Pathway Program

If students have met the academic entry requirements for the IES Foundation Year Extended program, but require English instruction before commencing foundation studies, the IES English Pathway Program (EPP) will help meet their goals. Students can enhance their English competency before foundation through our EPP.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Academic English for University Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Express: May 19
    • Standard: March 2
    • Extended: January 7 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 8 months
    • Duration description
      • Standard: 8 months
      • Express: 7 months
      • Extended: 11 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • 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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

CRICOS Course Code 088290B : Standard Program

CRICOS Course Code 088289F : Express Program

CRICOS Course Code 088291A : Extended PRogram

CRICOS Course Code (10-Week EPP) 090350K | CRICOS Course Code (20-Week EPP) 090349C : IES English Pathway Program

Minimum entry levels for foundation year are described below:

  • Forecast results are accepted where appropriate.
  • Consideration is given to the actual subjects studied. Depending on your preferred undergraduate program, a minimum grade in mathematics may also apply.
  • Entry to the Express Program may require higher academic grades than those listed in the chart below. Eleven full years of schooling is also be required.
  • We will only accept an application if the results indicate the student will have a good chance of passing the foundation program.
  • Depending on the qualifications, 11 or 12 years of schooling is also required.
  • English and requirements vary depending on the program you choose.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22700 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22700 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
  • National

    22700 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22700 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Express: $22,700
  • Standard: $26,500
  • Extended: $31,000

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 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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