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What will I learn?

About this course

This course is your pathway to a Diploma or Bachelor program at La Trobe University Sydney Campus. The Foundation Studies Program is a university preparatory course, which focuses on building the language and study skills required to succeed at university.

Why choose the Foundation Studies Program

Taught by a team of highly qualified teachers with specialist expertise in helping international students adapt to tertiary studies in Australia, you will learn academic fundamentals while building your confidence in a caring and supportive environment.

Course structure

To obtain your Foundation Studies Program certificate, you must complete and pass at least eight out of nine units. Four of these units are compulsory:

  • Academic Communication
  • Essential Maths
  • Economics
  • Accounting

Career outcomes

Successful completion of the Foundation Studies Program can lead to direct entry into diploma or bachelor program at La Trobe University Sydney Campus. The career options upon completion of a bachelor program are extensive.

Students who pass all required subjects are guaranteed an entry into either:

  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Information Technology

Students who pass all Level 2 subjects and achieve an overall grade of 65 percent - with an overall grade of at least 60 percent in Academic Study Skills 2 - will be eligible for direct entry into the following degrees.

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.



Study options

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
A$24,500.00 (US$ 18,200) per year

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

Application deadline

18 February 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 20 June 2022, 10 October 2022


Sydney Campus

255 Elizabeth Street,


New South Wales,

2000, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0

TOEFL iBT: Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

PTE Academic: Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50

C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component

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


About La Trobe University

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017