What will I learn?

Foundation Studies Extended is a university preparation course specifically designed for international students who have not completed secondary schooling, or who have not met the direct entry requirements for a UOW Bachelor degree.

The course involves a stream of subjects relevant to your chosen UOW degree. When you enrol in the program, you will be allocated to a relevant stream of study. You will complete a common first semester which comprises Academic Skills English, Academic Skills Mathematics, People and Society, and Environmental Science. This first session of study will enable you to develop the skills required to succeed in the second and third sessions of the Foundation Studies Extended program.

You will develop study skills and habits, including time management, essay writing, group work and presentation skills; and become familiar with the academic standards and expectations at university.

Guaranteed* Entry into UOW
Successful completion of Foundation Studies Extended provides guaranteed entry to most UOW undergraduate Bachelor degrees. There are no pathways into UOW Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Primary Education, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, double degrees, four-year professional degrees, Law, Bachelor of Social Work, or the Bachelor of Economics & Finance. Check the Foundation Studies Pathway Streams to UOW Degrees for more details.

A 2-session Foundation Studies program is also available.

Why choose this course

UOW College is situated on the UOW campus at Wollongong. Not only will you be immersed in the full university experience and campus life from day one, but UOW College students also have access to all UOW facilities as well as the College's computer labs and library.

The combination of quality academic courses, small class sizes and the caring culture at UOW College provides the vital support you need to succeed at university. You can be confident that UOW College is the best possible pathway for your journey to higher education and a university degree.

UOW College's English Language Centre is a member college of English Australia, the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. The College is accredited by TEQSA and also quality endorsed by NEAS Australia.


Successful completion of Foundation Studies provides guaranteed* entry to most UOW undergraduate Bachelor degrees. There are no pathways from this course into double degrees, four-year professional degrees, Law, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, or the Bachelor of Economics and Finance.



Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$30,600.00 (US$ 22,063) per year
Session fee: AUD $10,200

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

Start date

Expected October 2022


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

The following IELTS Academic scores are required to gain admission to Foundation Studies Extended:

Overall IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with 5.0 in Reading and Writing, or equivalent

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETED IN ENGLISH: Applicants may be considered as meeting the English language requirements if successfully completing two (2) years of secondary or tertiary study at an approved institution where:

  • the language of instruction was English; and
  • the institution is located in a country where the official language is English.

The following citizenships may be considered for an English language waiver under the above guideline: Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.

Academic transcripts and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the sole language of instruction and assessment must be provided. Previous study in English is considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically meet UOW's English language requirement.

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


About University of Wollongong

A world-leading institution, University of Wollongong provides an innovative and transnational global education for its students.

  • Top 1% of universities (QS World University Rankings)
  • 72% graduate employment rate
  • 5+ star university (QS Stars Rating System 2021)
  • Partnerships with over 400 institutions in 45 countries

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