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


There are three programs offered: Standard, Rapid and Extended.

Quality Assurance

The ANUC Foundation Studies Programs meet the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students providing an academic preparation for those seeking entry to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.

Course Outline

Standard Foundation Studies 

The four term Standard program offers is the flagship foundation program at ANUC. It provides the best opportunity for students to study diverse core and elective courses and obtain a competitive GPA entry score for ANU. This foundation course also maximises student opportunity to meet pre-requisite course criteria for multiple ANU programs and achieve the high pathway English hurdle requirement prior to commencing at ANU.

Students undertake the following:

  • complete a total of 20 courses over four terms (5 per term)
  • 12 compulsory courses are selected from the English (core skills and applied), plus Mathematics or Research skills areas

8 discipline electives (science, engineering and computer science; business and economics; arts, law and social sciences).    

Subjects: 5 subjects completed each term - 20 in total.

Rapid Foundation Studies

The three term Rapid program is better suited to students who are confident in completing the foundation program requirements in a shorter time frame. This program provides students with the opportunity to add an additional elective to their studies and complete the program over three terms rather than the four terms of the Standard Program. It is advisable that students selecting this program are confident English speakers, able to excel under pressure with diverse assessment tasks such as critical analysis and oral presentations.

Students undertake the following:

  • complete a total of 18 courses over three terms (6 per term)
  • 9 compulsory courses are selected from the English (core skills and applied), plus Mathematics
     OR Research skills areas
  • 9 discipline electives (science, engineering and computer science; business and economics; arts, law and social sciences)

Subjects: 6 subjects completed each term - 18 in total.

Extended Foundation Studies

The Extended program is for students who require a little more academic and English language preparation before commencing their tertiary level studies.

The extended program has a 5 week intensive study period, focusing on English preparation (four subjects) and students undertake a cultural immersion preparation program at the beginning of their studies. Foundation extended provides opportunity for students to enhance their study and language skills and cultural awareness through five weeks of practical and focused courses and a study tour experience to Sydney or the Illawarra region.

This course would appeal to international students seeking specialised instruction to improve language and academic skills, and those wishing a well-supported and fun introduction to studying and living in Australia.

In this program, students complete the following courses across five weeks to develop language, research and academic writing skills as well as applied numeracy and cultural awareness.

  • Foundation English
  • Maths in Society 
  • The Social Psychology of Leisure
  • Australian Landscape 

Subjects: 4 subjects initially then 5 subjects in each term - 24 in total.

Terms 1 - 4 follow the same streamed subject structure as the FS Standard Program.


Assessment in Foundation Studies consists of a variety of task types including quizzes, tests, projects, presentations, debates, essays and reports. Students in Foundation Standard and Rapid must successfully complete Hurdle tasks in all English courses. In Foundation Extended, students must receive a minimum grade of 55% in Foundation English and a minimum grade of 50% in each of the other courses to proceed to the next term of study at ANUC.

How Foundation Program scores are calculated for progressing to study at ANU

  • English entry requirement: minimum grade of 65% for all programs except for Law where a minimum grade of 85% is required.
  • Academic entry requirement: grade point average calculated by averaging a student’s best fourteen grades achieved out of all courses studied (excluding the FSX preliminary courses).

Mode of study

Full time and for the duration of the Covid crisis, all Foundation Studies courses will be delivered remotely.


Foundation Studies Extended: 60 weeks
Foundation Studies Rapid: 40 weeks
Foundation Studies Standard: 52 weeks
(Holidays are included)


On completion, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.

Entry requirements

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

Eligibility and How to Apply

ANU College has introduced additional entry criteria for its pathway programs. Find out the additional entry criteria for the ANU College Foundation Studies.

Key Dates

Find out the Foundation Studies key dates.


Find out the Foundation Studies tuition fees.

ANUC Foundation Studies Extended. CRICOS Course Code: 093337E.
ANUC Foundation Studies Rapid. CRICOS Course Code: 093335G.
ANUC Foundation Studies Standard. CRICOS Course Code: 093336F.
Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as ANU College.

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