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Foundation Studies

Course summary

The following course is accredited by UOW (CRICOS code 00102E) and delivered by UOW College.

Foundation Studies is a university preparation course specifically designed for international students who have not completed secondary schooling, or who have not met the direct entry requirements for a UOW Bachelor degree. 

The course involves a stream of subjects relevant to your chosen UOW degree. When you enrol in the program, you will be allocated to a relevant stream of study.

You will develop study skills and habits, including time management, essay writing, group work and presentation skills; and become familiar with the academic standards and expectations at university.

Guaranteed Entry into UOW
Successful completion of Foundation Studies provides guaranteed entry to most UOW undergraduate Bachelor degrees.There are No pathways into UOW Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Primary Education, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, double degrees, four-year professional degrees, Law, Bachelor of Social Work, or the Bachelor of Economics & Finance. Check the Foundation Studies Pathway Streams to UOW Degrees for more details.

A 3-session Foundation Studies Extended program is also available. In the Extended course you will complete a common first semester which comprises Academic Skills English, Academic Skills Mathematics, People and Society, and Environmental Science. This first session of study will enable you to develop the skills required to succeed in the second and third session of the Foundation Studies program.

Course information

Study area

Guaranteed Pathways to UOW


UOW College Wollongong

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2 sessions full-time


On Campus



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Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

Completion of Australian Year 11, or equivalent overseas qualification.

If any of the above entry requirements are not met, application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

English Requirements

The following IELTS Academic scores are required to gain admission to Foundation Studies

  • 2-session Foundation Studies: Overall IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with 5.0 in Reading and Writing, or equivalent
  • 3-session Foundation Studies Extended: Overall IELTS Academic score of 5.0 with 5.0 in Reading and Writing, or equivalent

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS COMPLETED IN ENGLISH: Applicants may be considered as meeting the English language requirements if successfully completing two (2) years of secondary or tertiary study at an approved institution where:

  • the language of instruction was English; and
  • the institution is located in a country where the official language is English.

The following citizenships may be considered for an English language waiver under the above guideline: Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.

Academic transcripts and an official letter from the institution certifying that English was the sole language of instruction and assessment must be provided. Previous study in English is considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically meet UOW's English language requirement.


2017 Information
UOW College Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $10,032
Full Course Fee: $20,064

Entry Requirements

Domestic students who are interested in a pathway course into UOW should visit the University Entrance Certificate page.


2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
UOW College Wollongong
On Campus

2017 UOW College Autumn

UOW College Wollongong

Session Commences
27 February 2017

Applications Close

20 January 2017

Session Details

Session: 27 February - 9 June 2017

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

2017 UOW College Spring

UOW College Wollongong

Session Commences
26 June 2017

Applications Close

2 June 2017

Session Details

Session: 26 June - 29 September 2017

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

2017 UOW College Summer

UOW College Wollongong

Session Commences
16 October 2017

Applications Close

29 September 2017

Session Details

Session: 16 October - 2 February 2018

Orientation and enrolment is held during the week prior to course commencement. You will be advised of the exact date in your letter of offer.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Why choose this course

UOW College is situated on the UOW campus at Wollongong. Not only will you be immersed in the full university experience and campus life from day one, but UOW College students also have access to all UOW facilities as well as the College's computer labs and library.

The combination of quality academic courses, small class sizes and the caring culture at UOW College provides the vital support you need to succeed at university. You can be confident that UOW College is the best possible pathway for your journey to higher education and a university degree.

UOW College's English Language Centre is a member college of English Australia, the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. The College is accredited by TEQSA and also quality endorsed by NEAS Australia.