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What will I learn?

The University of Newcastle College of International Education Foundation Studies Program can be completed in either 9 or 12 months and is designed to prepare students for university study, both academically and socially. It provides access to over a hundred undergraduate degrees offered by the University of Newcastle. This program will also help to increase your English and academic skills, making sure you are undergraduate study ready.

During the program you’ll be able to fine-tune your academic writing, enhancing your writing style, syntax and cohesiveness; participate in group discussions during presentations, with both presenting and answering/asking questions; practice analysing the academic reading material and critical thinking; delve into research and understand academic referencing. Learned via dedicated teaching and in a supportive environment, these skills and experience will ensure a seamless transition into your university life.

Which department am I in?

College of International Education



Study options

Full Time (2-3 trimesters (9 or 12 months))

Tuition fees
A$24,800.00 (13,49,293) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

June 2022, October 2022


University of Newcastle

Callaghan Campus,

University Drive,


New South Wales,

2308, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completion of Year 11 with GPA 2.0. IELTS score: 5.5 overall (all bands 5.0 or above); iBT TOEFL: 50 overall (15 or above in Speaking and Writing).

For international students

Completion of Yr 11 with pass grades

IELTS score: 5.5 overall (all bands 5.0 or above) – Students packaging with any Laws combined program must meet the Foundation Studies in Medicine English requirement. iBT TOEFL: 50 overall (15 or above in Speaking and Writing).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

  • 15 of its subjects are placed in the world’s top 200
  • Ranked 8th in Australia by Excellence in Research Australia
  • At AUD 113M it’s 9th in Australia for research income (HERDC)
  • 39,000+ students from 105 nations