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.

See course subjects here.

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.

*Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements. Entry is available to most UOW undergraduate degrees; see website for exclusions.

Course information

Study area

Pathway to UOW, University Preparation


UOW College Wollongong

Course Code




IB Score



2 sessions over 8 months


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


This course accepts International students only.

UOW College Australia offers a range of pathway courses for domestic students. Please visit the relevant course finder page for more information:


  • Stream 1 - Minimum ATAR 40 (or equivalent).
  • Stream 2 and Stream 4 - Minimum ATAR 40 (or equivalent), plus minimum 60% for Year 12 HSC Mathematics Standard 2.
  • Stream 3 - Minimum ATAR 40 (or equivalent), plus minimum 80% for Year 12 Mathematics Standard 2

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


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

  • Overall IELTS Academic score of 5.5 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.






UOW College Wollongong

On Campus

$10,920 (2019)

$21,840 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW College admission pathways, see UOW College Admission Information.

Key Dates




2019 UOW College Summer

UOW College Wollongong

Session: 14 October - 31 January

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

Applications Close


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.