Foundation Program

 

course duration

Duration
Extended: 11 months
Standard: 8 months
​Accelerated: 5 months
 

dates

Dates
Extended: January or August
Standard: February or October
Accelerated: February or September
Date details

 
 

fees

Fees
Extended: $39,100
Standard: $31,250
Accelerated: $21,485
Fee details

 
 

entry criteria

Entry criteria
English & Academic requirements
See entry requirements

 

Overview

The UQ Foundation Program is designed to enable international students to meet the minimum entry requirements for their preferred UQ undergraduate program.

 

Foundation Program Options

Three options are available in the Foundation Program: Extended, Standard and Accelerated. The most suitable program for you will depend on your previous study and your English proficiency. View entry requirements >

Foundation Program Structure

You will study five courses (subjects) for the entire duration of the Foundation Program, usually two core courses and three elective courses. You can choose your electives to meet the entry requirements for your chosen undergraduate program. Students in the Extended Program will study additional Academic English and Maths courses prior to commencing the Standard Program. 

The Foundation Program is a ‘streamed’ program. A Foundation Program Stream details the core and elective courses that relate to your target undergraduate degree.

During Orientation, students will have the opportunity to choose their three electives from a limited selection according to their stream. Electives can also be changed anytime prior to the end of Week 2.  

For details of Foundation Program streams, click here.  

Entry to a UQ program

You need to achieve certain grades and a specified Grade Point Average in your Foundation Program to be eligible for entry to a UQ program*. 

Students will be eligible for entry into university in the semester following graduation from the Foundation Program. Please note that entry into some undergraduate programs is only available in Semester One.  

* Admission quotas apply in several programs.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

As a UQ College student, you will need to bring your own computer. This will allow you to fully participate in lessons, carry out self-study tasks and take computer-based assessments.

Prior to your study, you must ensure your device meet minimum specifications as outlined in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy. You will also need to complete a BYOD agreement as a part of your orientation.

 

Program options

Three options are available in the Foundation Program: Extended, Standard and Accelerated.
The most suitable program for you will depend on your previous study and your English proficiency test result. 

 ExtendedStandardAccelerated
Duration11 months (37 Teaching Weeks + 2 Exam Weeks)8 months (30 Teaching Weeks + 2 Exam Weeks)5 months (18 Teaching Weeks + 1 Exam Week)
Contact hours per week 20-25 hours25 hours25 hours
Study Periods

January - November

August - July

February - November

October - July

February - July

September - February

 

Fees

All prices are in AUD.

 

2024 Tuition fees ($AUD) (For offers made after 1 October 2023, for 2024 commencement.)

Tuition Fees$41,080
Enrolment Fees$230    
Student Services Fees$1,100    
Textbooks and Material Fee$1,580    
Total$43,990
Fees are payable in two instalments 
1st instalment $23,450  
2nd instalment $20,540

2024 Tuition fees ($AUD) (For offers made after 1 October 2023, for 2024 commencement.)

Tuition Fees$32,900
Enrolment Fees$230    
Student Services Fees$850    
Textbooks and Material Fee$1,580    
Total$35,560
Fees are payable in two instalments 
1st instalment $19,110
2nd instalment $16,450

 

2024 Tuition fees ($AUD) (For offers made after 1 October 2023, for 2024 commencement.)

Tuition Fees$22,600
Enrolment Fees$230    
Student Services Fees$530    
Textbooks and Material Fee$1,580    
Total$24,940
Fees are payable in two instalments 
1st instalment $13,640
2nd instalment $11,300

2024 Tuition fees ($AUD) (For offers made after 1 October 2023, for 2024 commencement.)

Enrolment periodTuitionStudent services & materialsTotal fees
5 weeks$2,400$125$2,525
10 weeks$4,800$250$5,050
15 weeks$7,200$375$7,575
20 weeks$9,600$500$10,100
25 weeks$12,000$625$12,625
30 weeks$14,400$750$15,150
35 weeks$16,800$875$17,675
40 weeks$19,200$1000$20,200
45 weeks$21,600$1,125$22,725

 

 

Health insurance fees (see below)$642 for 12 months
Biology field trip (for onshore Biology students only)$200
 

Health insurance fees

If you are coming to Australia on a Student Visa you need to purchase and maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). OSHC is insurance that helps cover the cost of basic medical care you may need in Australia. 

We can organise Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the full length of your Foundation Program and your undergraduate degree at UQ. If you arrange your OSHC through UQ, we will organise cover with our preferred provider, Allianz Global Assistance. When you accept your offer for the Foundation Program, you will need to pay an OSHC fee. You will then receive your policy number and details in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)For full details of what is covered visit:  allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/student-visa-oshc/cover

Alternatively you can also organise your own OSHC through any other government-approved provider. When you accept your Foundation Program offer, you will need to provide evidence of your OSHC before we can send you a CoE.

Dates

Foundation Program Dates 2023
Extended ProgramUQ program entryStandard ProgramUQ program entryAccelerated ProgramUQ program entry
4 January – 10 November 2023February 202416 February – 10 November 2023February 202416 February – 21 July 2023July 2023
28 August 2023 – 5 July 2024July 202412 October 2023 – 5 July 2024July 20247 September 2023 – 16 February 2024February 2024
Foundation Program Dates 2024
Extended ProgramUQ program entryStandard ProgramUQ program entryAccelerated ProgramUQ program entry
2 January – 8 November 2024February 202512 February – 8 November 2024February 202512 February – 19 July 2024July 2024
26 August 2024 – 4 July 2025July 20257 October 2024 – 4 July 2025July 20252 September 2024 – 14 February 2025February 2025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements 

 

  English entry requirements

                  Select English test:

  Extended Standard Accelerated
Minimum
overall score

5.0

5.5

6.0

Minimum
sub scores
No band less than 5.0 No band less than 5.0 Writing band 6.0,
other bands 5.5 or above

 ExtendedStandardAccelerated
Minimum
overall score

56

70

78

Minimum
sub scores
Speaking 15
Listening 12
Reading 12
Writing 17
Speaking 15
Listening 12
Reading 12
Writing 17
Speaking 17
Listening 17
Reading 17
Writing 21

 ExtendedStandardAccelerated
Minimum
overall score

D

D

C

  Extended Standard Accelerated
Minimum
overall score

Level 2

Level 2

Level 3

  Extended Standard Accelerated
Minimum
overall score

42

49

60

Minimum
sub scores

No scores less than 42

No scores less than 42

Writing score 60,
other scores 49 or above

  Extended Standard Accelerated
Minimum
overall score

154

162

169

Minimum
sub scores

Other scores 154 or above

Other scores 154 or above

Writing score 169,
other scores 162 or above

  Extended Standard Accelerated
Minimum
overall score

154

162

169

Minimum
sub scores

Other scores 154 or above

Other scores 154 or above

Writing score 169,
other scores 162 or above

 ExtendedStandardAccelerated
Minimum
overall score

GE Level 2 Overall grade of 4

No macro skill below C

EAP Level 3 Overall grade of 4

EAP Level 4 Overall grade of 4 with a grade of C in Writing

2  Academic entry requirements

                  Find your country in this list and read the entry requirements >

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Course information

Students in the Foundation Program will study two core courses and three elective courses. You can choose your electives to meet the entry requirements for your chosen undergraduate program. 

Students in the Extended Program will study additional Academic English and Maths courses prior to commencing the Standard Program.

A Humanities stream is also recommended for students who intend to study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
 

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Assessment

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Your teachers will monitor your academic progress throughout the program and provide you with regular feedback and guidance. Students also have full access to the University’s excellent learning support services.

Assessment items may include exams, individual and group assignments, research projects, laboratory practicals, and seminar presentations. Your final result in a course will be based on all assessment items. All courses are graded on the UQ 7–point scale:

SCALE GRADE RANGE
7 High distinction 85 – 100%
6 Distinction 75 – 84%
5 Credit 65 – 74%
4 Pass / Competent 50 – 64%
3 Marginal Fail 47 – 49%
2 Fail 25 – 46%
1 Low fail 0 – 24%

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