Foundation Studies Program (E0E)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please refer to courses to explore courses that are offered to international students.

Foundation Studies program is a direct academic pathway to first-year undergraduate degree study, or equivalent. The program acts as a bridging course for international students who wish to study a university undergraduate degree course but don’t yet meet academic requirements and/or English language skills for tertiary study.

Successful completion of this program gives direct entry to many undergraduate degree courses, subject to meeting appropriate exit requirements. Please note that entry to all programs is conditional upon final Foundation results.

Please note, meeting the minimum GPA required for Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing does not guarantee entry, due to limited availability of places.

The University of Tasmania's Foundation Studies Program is an innovative and challenging two-semester course which equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success at the tertiary level. The program is a 'Standard Foundation' as approved by Australian government legislation. This is an excellent opportunity for international students seeking an alternative pathway into undergraduate degrees.

The University of Tasmania Foundation Program focuses on skills students need to succeed in degree courses.

  • Academic English to help you communicate your ideas logically, clearly and using correct referencing
  • Critical Thinking skills so you can follow arguments and produce rational, well-formed responses
  • Creative opportunities to help you uncover your talents and present your ideas with impact
  • A range of electives to hone the knowledge you need

Course structure

The course provides a standard Foundation Studies Program (as defined under the National Standards for Foundation Programs) and is delivered across two full semesters. The two semesters provide thirteen weeks of teaching plus mid-semester breaks, study breaks and exam periods.

The Foundation Studies Program can be undertaken in one of five content streams.*

In addition to core units, students select a number of elective units to fulfill the requirements for a stream.

Core units

  • English 1
  • English 2
  • English 3
  • Foundation Mathematics

Elective units (choose four from the table below):

StreamsCompulsory StreamRecommended Other Stream Units
ArtsChoose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Design & Society, Statistics, Media Studies.Marketing Design & Strategy.
BusinessChoose a minimum of three from: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing Design & Strategy, Statistics.Media Studies, Design & Society.
LawChoose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics.Marketing Design & Strategy, Media Studies, Design & Society.
Life ScienceChemistry, Statistics, Psychology.Calculus, Physics.
Physical ScienceChoose a minimum of three from: Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics.Design & Society, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.

Start Dates

IntakeStart DateEnd Date
Summer School Early, 20209th November 202021st February 2021
Semester 2, 202013th July 202031st December 2020

*Please note this program schedule and associated dates are pending approval at Academic Senate and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements By Country*

CountryEntry Requirements*
AustraliaYear 11 - 65% in relevant subjects ATAR 45
BangladeshHSC 60% average
BhutanBhutan Year 11 with 60% in relevant academic subjects Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12) – 46% average in relevant subjects
BrazilCertificate de Ensino Medio - 7.0 in four relevant subjects
CambodiaDiploma of Uppper Secondary Education with C grade in four relevant academic subjects
CanadaCompletion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjects
ChileSuccessful completion of the Chilean Higher Secondary Schooling (Licencia de Educacion Media) with a GPA of 5.0
ChinaSenior year 2 or Senior 3 - 65% or above in relevant subjects
ColombiaBachillerator with 7.0 in four relevant subjects
EcuadorBachillerato with 15 in four relevant subjects
GACLevel 2 GPA 2.6
Hong KongHKDSE: Three relevant subjects at Level 2 or successful completion of Secondary 5
IndiaYear 11 55% in relevant subjects
IBCompletion of first year of IB Diploma with Grade 4 in four relevant subjects
IndonesiaSMA2 - GPA 7.0 in four academic subjects (private schools) SMA2 - GPA 7.5 in four academic subjects (government schools)
IranCompletion of Year 11 with 16/20 in academic subjects
JapanKotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 - Grade 4–5 in academic subjects
KenyaKCSE C grades in four relevant subjects
KuwaitShahadat Al-Thanawaya AlAama/General Secondary School Certificate - 75% in four relevant subjects
LaosCompletion of Baccalaureate with 65% in four relevant academic subjects
MacauForm 5/Senior Middle 2 65% in academic subjects (good schools) Form 5/Senior Middle 2 70% in academic subjects (other schools)
MalaysiaSPM (forecast/prelim/actual) - aggregate of 20 or less across five academic subjects Senior Middle 2 - 75% in four relevant subjects Senior Middle 3 - 65% in four relevant subjects
MexicoCompletion of Bachillerato with 7.0/70% in four relevant subjects
MongoliaCompletion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with two C grades and two D grades in four relevant subjects
MyanmarBEHS/Matriculation Exam - 65% average in four relevant academic subjects
NepalYear 11 (10+1) - 55% average in relevant academic subjects
New ZealandCompletion of 40 credits at NCEA Level 2 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects (including Maths)
PakistanSuccessful completion of the 12th year of schooling
PeruSuccessful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 14
PhilippinesHigh School Diploma - 85% in relevant subjects
RussiaCertificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - Grade 3 in five subjects
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiyah/General Secondary Education certificate - 75% in academic subjects
SingaporeSingapore O levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 25 or less across five academic subjects
South AfricaCompletion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjects
South KoreaHigh School Leaving Certificate Year 2 with Grade D
Sri LankaSri Lanka O level two C grades and two B grades in four academic subjects
TaiwanSenior Year 2 - 65% or above in four relevant subjects
ThailandMatayom GPA 2.5 in academic subjects
TurkeyDevlet Lise Diplomasi/State high school diploma - Grade 2 in three subjects and Grade 3 in two subjects
VenezuelaBachiller with 14 in four relevant subjects
VietnamYear 11 - GPA 7.5
UAESecondary school certificate Year 12 - 75% in relevant subjects
UK O Level/IGSCE/GCSETwo B grades and two C grades in four relevant subjects
USACompletion of Year 11 with B/80- 89/3.0 in four relevant academic subjects OR pass General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

*Please note these entry requirements are pending approval at Academic Senate and may be subject to change.

English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose previous study has not been in English are required to demonstrate their ability by results of an approved test.

  • UTASAccess Level 5: 60% (no individual score less than 50%)
  • IELTS - minimum overall band 5.5 with no score below 5.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 52 with a minimum writing score not less than 14
  • PTE Academic 42 with no score lower than 36
  • A Level Results
  • GCE '0' level English - C6
  • India -CBSE/CISCE English - B
  • SPM/STPM English C
  • Successful completion of secondary studies in Singapore
  • Matriculation (TCE) English as a Second Language - good pass
  • GCSE / iGCSE - C

Students who are planning to start a Foundation Studies course at the University of Tasmania, but have not yet met the English language entry requirements, will be able to do so by completing UTASAccess - English Level 5, which satisfies the minimum English language entry requirements for Foundation Studies Program.

For more information about the English Language Courses: and

Successful completion of a Foundation Studies Program allows students to progress to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Tasmania. Each course requires a specific Grade Point Average (GPA) from the Foundation Studies Program for entry, and this varies from course to course.

A GPA is calculated from the results of all units studied. The maximum GPA achievable from a Foundation Studies program is 7.0.

A complete list of programs the Foundation Studies Program allows entry into can be found here.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $20,800 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $20,800 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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