Program Information

The Foundation Year program is accredited to provide students with a 30954QLD Certificate IV in University Preparation (CRICOS Course Code 075730A).

Students who achieve the specific standards are guaranteed a place in the first year of undergraduate courses at The University of Queensland.

Graduates enter all faculties of UQ including Arts; Sciences; Business, Economics & Law; Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology; Health Sciences and Social & Behavioural Sciences.

Students who are Australian citizens or who hold current Australian Permanent Residency status are not able to be admitted to the program.

There are three different programs, with five intake dates throughout the year.

Standard PLUS Program - 44 weeks

Available in January each year this program contains an extra seven week module consisting of Mathematics and intensive English taught via PierSim, a 3-D simulation experience.

The program is suitable for all students who have reached an IELTS of 5.0, especially younger students, students with high academic aspirations (e.g. Pharmacy, Vet Science studies) and students who need to increase their English language competency.

Standard Program - 37 weeks

Recommended for students with good academic results and English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. The program has two start dates each year - February and July.

Express Program - 27 weeks

Available in May and September each year this program is designed for students who have stronger English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or above) and are capable of handling a faster pace of tuition.

Also suitable for students who have completed a matriculation program in their own country but have not quite met the entry levels for undergraduate study or who need to gain assumed knowledge in certain subjects. 

Course duration by start date:

ProgramTeaching Week DurationHoliday Week Duration
January Standard PLUS
48 weeks duration

44 weeks

4 weeks

February Standard 
41 weeks duration

37 weeks

4 weeks

May Express
28 weeks duration

27 weeks

1 week

July Standard
48 weeks duration

38 weeks

10 weeks

September Express
39 weeks duration

30 weeks

9 weeks

Program Dates 2014 - 2015

January Standard PLUS 2014




February Standard 2014




May Express 2014




July Standard 2014




September Express 2014




January Students PLUS Program 201478.9Kb
February Standard Program 201485.1Kb
May Express Program 2014102.6Kb
July Standard Program 2014134.5Kb
September Express Program 201480.1Kb