Program Information

IES Foundation Year programs guarantee entry into most undergraduate programs at The University of Queensland to all students who meet the specific standards for their chosen program (quotas apply in some programs).

Three programs are available: Standard, Express and Extended. Program placement is determined after consideration of a student’s academic background, English proficiency and desired undergraduate program as well as any other additional needs a student may have.

Each program offers both first and second semester start dates with entry into university the semester directly after graduation. Students should be aware some undergraduate programs offer semester one starts only and should plan their foundation studies accordingly.

Students receive the same high level of tuition across all three programs. All program students are eligible for competency assessment for the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation.

Subjects comprise of regular formal class time as well as more casual tutorial sessions, replicating the teaching style at university.

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

Standard Program

The Standard program is recommended for students with good academic results and English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS 5.5. The program is the most popular of the three and the majority of students enter it. Students complete their studies in small class-sizes and have full access to student support services throughout their studies.

The Standard program is starts in February and August

CRICOS course code 088290B

Express Program

The Express 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. It is 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.

Unlike the Standard and Extended programs, Express is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. Students study both AE and Mathematics over the course of the program and study one elective subject per semester.

The Express program starts in May and October.

CRICOS course code 088289F

Extended Program

The Extended program offers additional support and services to help students maximise their success at foundation and university. On top of the Student Services available to them as part of the Standard program, Extended students have regular meetings with the program coordinator to ensure they are meeting the challenges of their studies.

This is particularly important for students aged under-18, students with high academic aspirations such as Pharmacy or Veterinary Science, and students who need to increase their English language competency.

The Extended program also features an additional seven-week module consisting of Mathematics and intensive English taught via Virtual Business Enterprise (VBE), a 3D simulation experience.

The Extended program starts in January and June.

CRICOS course code 088291A

Course duration:

ProgramTeaching Week DurationHoliday Week Duration
January Extended
47 weeks duration

43 weeks

4 weeks

February Standard 
40 weeks duration

36 weeks

4 weeks

May Express
29 weeks duration

27 weeks

2 weeks

June Extended
47 weeks duration

43 weeks

4 weeks

August Standard
40 weeks duration

36 weeks

4 weeks

October Express
29 weeks duration

27 weeks

2 weeks

Program Dates 2016-18

ProgramStart dateEnd dateGraduation
May Express 2016




June Extended 2016




August Standard 2016




October Express 2016




January Extended 2017




February Standard 2017




May Express 2017




June Extended 2017




August Standard 2017




October Express 2017




May Express Program 2016644Kb
June Extended Program 2016645Kb
August Standard Program 2016643Kb
October Express Program 2016644Kb
January Extended Program 2017242.09Kb
February Standard Program 2017242.20Kb
May Express Program 2017246.39Kb
June Extended Program 2017250.57Kb
August Standard Program 2017250.57Kb
October Express Program 2017245.43Kb