What will I learn?

The International Foundation Studies Program is a one year pathway program for international students seeking entry into the first year of the majority of undergraduate degrees at the University of Canberra. It is a non-award program designed to equip international students with the skills and capabilities for successful undergraduate study. It is a pre-university year and the curriculum is equivalent to the Australian Year 12. The curriculum has a strong focus on the development of both English language skills and tertiary preparation skills. The curriculum is also focused on developing those preparation skills for study in the Australian tertiary environment. The course can be delivered both onshore and offshore. The program is designed as a generalist (multi-field) program. This provides international students with the opportunity to seek admission to a broad range of degrees. The unit offerings span a range of disciplines and include the following key learning areas: English Mathematics Technology The Arts/Humanities/ Society Whilst the current program consists of 12 core units of study, it has also been structured to ensure that as future opportunities arise there is capacity to introduce specialisations (streams). Possible examples include business, information technology and communication. This would be achieved through the introduction of electives. The teaching calendar consists of 3 terms of study. Each term consists of 12 weeks of teaching, a one week mid term break and 1 week of assessment. Typically there are three recess weeks for students between each term.



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$16,264.00 (9,06,072) per year

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021

More details

Start date

7 February 2022, 6 June 2022


University of Canberra

11 Kirinari Street,


Australian Capital Territory,

2617, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful completion of Year 11 or equivalent. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5 overall (no min. band score requires); Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 46; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 42; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 162; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lowers than 'D' in any of the sub-tests.

For international students

Successful completion of Year 11 or equivalent.

An overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 5.5, with no band score below 5.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 46; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 42; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 162; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lower than 'D' in any of the sub-tests

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


About University of Canberra

The University of Canberra has some of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia combined with above average starting salaries.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Ranked among top 10 best universities in Australia
  • Work-Integrated-Learning incorporated into every degree
  • Generous scholarships for international students