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 30954QLD 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.
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
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
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
|Program||Teaching Week Duration||Holiday Week Duration|
|January Extended |
47 weeks duration
29 weeks duration
47 weeks duration
|August Standard |
40 weeks duration
|October Express |
29 weeks duration
|Program||Start date||End date||Graduation|
|July Standard 2015|
|September Express 2015|
|January Extended 2016|
|February Standard 2016|
|May Express 2016|
|June Extended 2016|
|August Standard 2016|
|October Express 2016|
|July Standard Program 2015||642Kb|
|September Express Program 2015||679Kb|
|January Extended Program 2016||644Kb|
|February Standard Program 2016||644Kb|
|May Express Program 2016||644Kb|
|June Extended Program 2016||645Kb|
|August Standard Program 2016||643Kb|
|October Express Program 2016||644Kb|