What will I learn?


  • Pathway to bachelor and diploma programs for students who do not meet the academic or English language entry requirements.
  • Complete in 8 months full-time.
  • Study academic English, digital studies, literature studies and other units that are specific to your degree.

Why choose this course?

As a Standard Foundation student, you will learn the required knowledge and skills that you need to enter the first year of your undergraduate degree and be better prepared to achieve academic success at QUT.

You will develop:

  • knowledge based on your chosen discipline of study
  • written and oral academic English skills
  • digital literacy skills
  • an understanding of what it means to be a QUT student and the Australian learning style.

The QUT International College community will also offer you valuable co-curricular opportunities, such as the student mentor program and activities club, which will help you meet new friends and broaden your Australian learning experience. You will also be able to access a broad range of additional learning support.

When you have completed the Standard Foundation program, and met the faculty progression requirements, you will be guaranteed a place in the first year of your bachelor degree.

Real-world facilities

Standard Foundation is taught at QUT International College which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. This is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will also receive a QUT student ID card so you can access all of QUT's outstanding facilities, and enjoy a fun and exciting university experience right from the start.

Progression to your related Bachelor course

Progression requirements from Standard Foundation into QUT bachelor degrees are different depending on your chosen bachelor program.

To see these progression requirements, please refer to the requirements tab for your chosen bachelor degree, and select 'Australia' from the country list.

Foundation streams

There are four Foundation streams to choose from, each with 8 units and a learning forum component.

You will be allocated to a stream based on your selected bachelor degree and progression requirements (i.e. degree pre-requisites). For example, students who will be studying Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will be allocated to a stream where they will study mathematics and science, when a Bachelor of Creative Industries student will be learning about creative design and creative practice.

Which department am I in?

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) International College



Study options

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
A$20,100.00 (US$ 14,493) per year

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

Start date

Expected October 2022


Kelvin Grove Campus

Victoria Park Road,



4059, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an aggregate score of 24. IELTS Academic - Overall 6.0, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 5.0; Pearson PTE (Academic) - Overall 50, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 38; TOEFL iBT - Overall 71, Listening Reading -10; Writing - 15; Speaking - 14. Cambridge English Score - Overall 169, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 154.

For international students

Year 11 (completion of units 1 and 2) with a minimum overall average of C in five General subjects (or four General subjects and 1 Applied subject). English Language Proficiency requirements: C grade in English, or Literature, or English and Literature, or English as an Additional Language (Units 1 & 2) completed in Year 11 in the year prior to starting at QUT.

An overall aggregate of 17 from year one of the two year International Baccalaureate Diploma with a pass in five IB subjects, including at least three Higher level (HL) subjects;
where a pass for HL subjects = 3 and for SL subjects = 4. English Language Proficiency: A grade of 3 (higher level) or 4 (standard level) in English A1 or A2, English A: Language and Literature, English A: Literature, or English B completed in the year prior to starting at QUT.

IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 5; TOEFL iBT score of 56 with Listening, Reading score of 10, Writing score of 15 and Speaking score of 14; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 46 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 38; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 162 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 154.

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


About Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT is a young, research-intensive university, ranking in the top 200 universities globally (THE World University Rankings 2021).

  • Australia’s top young university (THE 2020)
  • A world-class institution with a global outlook
  • Home to a range of high-tech learning facilities
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