CRICOS course codes: 0100808 (Standard), 0100809 (Fast-track), 0100810 (Extended)
The Foundation Studies Program is a nationally recognised course that equips international students with the skills to enter first-year undergraduate degree courses at the University of Tasmania.
From October 2019, University of Tasmania International Pathway College will offer:
In 2020, we will also offer:
Entry dates and fees are further down this page.
A Foundation Studies program guarantees entry into a first-year UTAS undergraduate degree course provided the student:
Teaching is face to face and utilises a ‘blended’ approach in a classroom setting. Classes introduce and develop knowledge and skills, with follow-up activities such as discussion, investigation, assignments and appropriate web-based and digital resources.
Foundation Studies programs in Australia are bound by the accrediting authority (TEQSA) to include dedicated English studies to develop students’ English language proficiency required for entry into higher education studies.
Development of academic English skills is integrated into all activities. Individual projects, scaffolded learning and monitored small group discussions are encouraged, as well as tertiary skills such as listening to academic lectures, taking effective notes, reading academic texts in an effective and timely manner, and research and referencing skills.
The following units are compulsory for the Fast-track Foundation Studies Program:
Students studying the Standard Foundation Studies Program must take all the above units, plus:
Students studying the Extended Foundation Studies Program must take all the above units, plus:
The number of elective units a student takes is determined by the Foundation Studies Program they enrol in:
Each Foundation Studies program can be undertaken in one of five content streams. In addition to core units, students select a number of elective units to fulfil the requirements for a stream.
|Streams||Compulsory stream units (Choose up to five)||Recommended other stream units||Additional requirements for specific degrees|
|Arts||Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Design & Society, Statistics, Media Studies||Tourism, Marketing Design & Strategy|
|Business||Choose a minimum of three from: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing Design & Strategy, Statistics||Media Studies, Design & Society, Tourism||Bachelor of Economics requires Statistics|
|Law||Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics||Marketing Design & Strategy, Media Studies, Tourism, Design & Society|
|Life Science||Choose a minimum of three from: Physical Chemistry, Chemistry: Organic Compounds, Statistics, Psychology||Calculus, Physics: Mechanics, Physics: Electromagnetism||Bachelor of Agricultural Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Applied Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Biotechnology requires Statistics, Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences requires Statistics and Calculus|
|Physical Science||Choose a minimum of four from: Calculus, Statistics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry: Organic Compounds, Physics: Mechanics, Physics: Electromagnetism, Foundation Mathematics (Fast-track only)||Design & Society, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics||Bachelor of Engineering requires Calculus, Bachelor of Lab Medicine requires Statistics and a Chemistry unit, Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Medical Research requires Chemistry, Bachelor of Pharmacy: cannot articulate into July intake|
Note: Combined degrees may have additional requirements. Please contract us for advice on Foundation Studies unit selection.
All streams are available in all intakes.
Successful completion of a Foundation Studies Program enables students to progress to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Tasmania. Each undergraduate degree requires applicants to have achieved a specific GPA score in the Foundation Studies Program. The score varies from program to program.
|Grade percentage||Description||Grade point value|
A grade point average (GPA) is calculated from the results of all units studied.
|Program||Program length||Start date*||End date||2020 Fees (AUD)|
|Fast-track||2 terms||3 February 2020||3 July 2020||18,000|
|Fast-track||2 terms||20 July 2020||18 December 2020||18,000|
|Standard||3 terms||14 October 2019||3 July 2020||19,900 (2019 fee)|
|Standard||3 terms||27 April 2020||18 December 2020||20,800|
|Standard||3 terms||12 October 2020||2 July 2021||20,800|
|Extended||4 terms||3 February 2020||18 December 2020||27,700|
|Extended||4 terms||20 July 2020||2 July 2021||27,700|
*Start dates not inclusive of Orientation (the Friday before start date)
Students must have completed Year 11 of Australian secondary school, or equivalent in another country. Please see this document for a complete list of equivalent education levels by country.
Students must provide evidence of English language proficiency with an IELTS qualification, or agreed equivalent.
|Program||Overall IELTS score required||No bands less than|
*Students planning to start a Foundation Studies Program at the University of Tasmania who do not yet met English language entry requirements can complete UTASAccess – English Level 5. This meets minimum English language requirements for the Standard Foundation Studies Program. Information on English language courses at UTAS is available at: utas.edu.au/international/studying/english-language-courses and ielts.org
The minimum age for entry into the Standard, Extended or Fast-track Foundation Studies Program is 17. Students close to their 17th birthday may be admitted, if approval is granted by the Head of the International Pathways College.