Frequently Asked Questions

The following scholarships are available for Foundation Studies students.

1. Foundation Studies Program High Achievers Scholarship.

There are five new High Achiever Scholarships for Foundation Studies available, each valued at 50% of tuition. The successful applicants need to demonstrate:

  • a strong academic record
  • career ambitions
  • interpersonal skills
  • community engagement.

An application form needs to be completed in order to compete for these 5 scholarships. Note these scholarships are only available to select nationalities.

2. The Tasmania International Scholarship (TIS)

TIS is one of the most generous scholarships offered in Australia and provides a 25% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of the program. For TIS scholarships, no application is required as all Foundation Studies applications are assessed.

For more information about conditions of these scholarships and other discounts available to Foundation Studies students, click here.

It's a requirement of the course to have access to your own device such as a laptop or iPad.

UTAS Accommodation Services offers a range of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options. There is a high demand for this accommodation, so it is recommended that you apply well before the start of the year.

You are also able to make private arrangements for rental accommodation. However if you intend to do this it is recommended that before arriving in Australia they apply through UTAS Accommodation Services for initial temporary accommodation, to ensure that you have a place to stay while looking for longer-term accommodation.

If you will turn 18 during the year of your Foundation Studies and you have completed the equivalent of Year 11 then you are eligible to apply for the program. Appropriate ongoing academic, emotional and social support is arranged under 18 students. This includes daily monitoring of attendance and regular meetings with Student Support personnel and the Foundation Studies Manager to discuss both personal issues and academic progress.

If you are not going to live with a parent or guardian in Tasmania, your parent(s) will need to authorise UTAS to make the accommodation and welfare arrangements required for a Student Visa and will not be able to enter Australia until the beginning of the welfare period specified on their FSP Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

If you are under 18 (and not living with a parent or guardian in Tasmania) when you begin FSP you are required to apply through UTAS Accommodation Services for accommodation at Springvale Hostel. You will be a resident at Springvale Hostel for the duration of your Foundation course and will need to pay for the whole period of residency in advance. Please note that home-stay is not an option for students under 18.

All new students must be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of the Foundation Studies Program.

Attendance Issue

If you have a complaint about the English Language Centre on an attendance issue:

  1. Talk to the Student Adviser who will assist you to make a complaint in writing to the Appropriate Person.
  2. A complaint or an appeal must be made within 20 working days of the date a notice is issued. The Appropriate Person will review the complaint and the grounds for appeal. You will be notified in writing of the outcome within 10 working days. There may need to be a meeting with you to resolve the matter.
  3. If the complaint or appeal is unsuccessful you can contact the TUU Student Advocate, to assist you in furthering your complaint or appeal to the Attendance Review Committee (ARC). Your Student Adviser can assist you to make an appointment with the TUU Student Advocate. The complaint or appeal must be lodged within 20 working days from the date an e-mail is sent from elc.compliance@utas.edu.au to notify you of your next step in the complaint or appeal procedure.
  4. If the complaint or appeal is still unsuccessful, you can then write down the problem and tell the Complaints Appeals Committee (CAC) under limited grounds under part 4 of the UTAS Ordinance 8. The complaint or appeal must be lodged within 20 working days from the date an e-mail is sent from elc.compliance@utas.edu.au to notify you of your next step in the complaint or appeal procedure. The TUU Student Advocate can assist you with this process.
  5. If the complaint or appeal is still unsuccessful you can access the external complaints and appeals process. You must contact the Tasmanian State Government Ombudsman within 10 working days to lodge a written complaint or appeal. You can make an appointment to see the Ombudsman, by emailing: ombudsman@ombudsman.tas.gov.au or by phoning 1800 001 170 (free call in Tasmania). The TUU Student Advocate can assist you with this process.

Administrative or Academic Issue

If you have a complaint about the English Language Centre on an administrative or academic issue:

  1. Talk to the Student Adviser who will help you to make a formal complaint in writing.
  2. Within 20 working days you can arrange a meeting with the Appropriate Person to attempt to resolve the complaint. You have the right to be represented and supported by a nominee e.g. Student Adviser or a friend, in any meeting. After the meeting you will be given a written statement about the decision and the reasons for that decision.
  3. If the complaint is still not resolved, and you wish to seek a review of the decision from the Appropriate Person you can formally pursue a complaint under the provisions of Ordinance 8 - Student Complaints (see Part 2.2). For further information refer to the University of Tasmania's student complaints website.
  4. If the complaint or appeal is still unsuccessful you can access the external complaints and appeals process. You must contact the Tasmanian State Government Ombudsman within 10 working days to lodge a written complaint or appeal. You can make an appointment to see the Ombudsman, by emailing: ombudsman@ombudsman.tas.gov.au or by phoning 1800 001 170 (free call in Tasmania). The TUU Student Advocate can assist you with this process.