Foundation Studies

The direct pathway to Australia's top university

The ANU College Foundation Studies has been designed to provide students with the appropriate academic preparation for their intended ANU degree program. Upon completion (current success rate of 98%), and subject to meeting ANU entry requirements, acceptance into the student’s chosen undergraduate degree program is guaranteed. 

 

There are two programs offered: Standard (2 semesters) and Extended (3 semesters).

Entry requirements

Find out the academic and English entry requirements for the ANU College Foundation Studies.

Fees

Find out the Foundation Studies tuition fees.

Course Outline

Standard Foundation Studies (2 semesters)

Comprises nine courses: Academic English, Advanced Academic English, Computer Applications and six academic content courses. Students are assigned an academic stream according to their intended ANU degree pathway. This ensures all necessary prerequisites and assumed knowledge are completed before articulation to the university. 

There are about 20 hours of face-to-face class time per week. It's recommended that at least the same amount of time be allocated by each student for class preparation, homework, assignments and self-study.

Students must pass all first semester subjects (minimum grade of 50%) to be eligible to progress to semester two. 



Extended Foundation Studies  (3 semesters)

The FS Extended program requires students to successfully complete the following compulsory subjects in their first semester: Foundation English; Language of Maths; Communication Studies; and History Makers. 

There are about 20 hours of face-to-face class time per week. It's recommended that at least the same amount of time be allocated by each student for class preparation, homework, assignments and self-study. 

A minimum grade of 60% in each subject is required to continue through the program. The second and third semesters follow a similar ‘streamed’ structure and progress rules as the Foundation Studies Standard program.

Assessment

Foundation Studies courses comprise both continuous assessment and end-of-semester final examinations. Students must pass final examinations in order to pass each course. Students taking ANU undergraduate courses must complete the University assessment. All Foundation Studies courses require a pass grade of 50% except for Advanced Academic English, which requires 65% and Semester One Foundation Studies Extended courses, which each require a pass grade of 60%.

Student must pass all their courses to be eligible to progress to subsequent semesters and to graduate from Foundation Studies.

How are my entry scores to ANU calculated?

Successful completion of Foundation Studies occurs when a student passes all enrolled courses. Entry to ANU occurs when a student successfully completes the program, achieves a minimum grade of 65% in Advanced Academic English and meets the grade point average set by the ANU for entry to each degree program. Computer Applications and Academic English course grades are not included in this calculation however passing these courses is a requirement for successful completion of Foundation Studies. Foundation Studies Extended Semester One courses are also not included in the ANU entry grade calculation.

For students planning to enter degree programs in the College of Law or College of Business and Economics, entry scores will be calculated based on the grade average of all 6 degree pathway-related academic courses.

For students planning to enter degree programs delivered by all other Colleges (Science, Arts and Social Studies, Engineering and Computer Science, Asia and The Pacific), entry scores will be calculated based on the grade average of their top 5 academic courses.

ANU Entry Requirement