Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2019: February and June
Duration: 
0.75 year
Location: 
Fees: 
2019: A$10,000 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Victoria’s University (VU) International Foundation program is designed for international students. Comparable in standard to an Australian Year 12, the program prepares students for tertiary studies at Victoria University.

The International Foundations course:

  • is comparable in standard to an Australian Year 12 curriculum
  • provides a supportive learning environment for international students as they adjust to living away from home.

The key learning areas are:

  • mathematics
  • science and technology
  • the arts
  • business and legal studies.

Upon successful completion of the International Foundations program and course-specific entry requirements, students will be provided guaranteed entry to VU undergraduate degrees and higher education diplomas.

This course is the extended International Foundations course. We also offer International foundations at VU (standard).

The extended program is offered over 39 weeks - equivalent to 3 x 13 week trimesters.

Students who successfully complete the International Foundations at VU (Extended) or International foundations at VU are accepted into a Victoria University undergraduate course or diploma course of their choice, provided they achieve the cut-off scores and meet the requirements set, as shown below.

View a list of  guaranteed pathways and cut-off score requirements.

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Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course contents

International on-shore students must maintain a full time study load for each trimester of this course. Students will be required to enrol in 12 units (or 4 units per trimester) unless otherwise determined and approved by the VUC Monitoring Course Program committee. Students must also pass and satisfy any requirements that are conditional on meeting the guaranteed pathway.

To complete the International Foundations at VU (Extended) course students will be required to complete a minimum of ten units consisting of:

  • Four Core units

  • Six Discipline (Elective) units from the list below

The International Foundations at VU (Extended) course including the curriculum:

  • is designed for international students; and
  • is comparable in standard to an Australian year 12 curriculum; and
  • is intended to prepare students for the needs of first year tertiary studies at Victoria University.

The course:

  • incorporates blended teaching and learning activities which challenge and stretch the capacity of the students whilst at the same time developing within each of them a strong sense of self-efficacy; and
  • delivers a curriculum which has a global context and promotes curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and civic and cultural competencies; and
  • provides a supported environment for international students as they adjust to living and learning away from home and in Melbourne.

Victoria University offers both a Standard and Extended version of the Foundations course.

This is the Extended version and is offered over 39 weeks; equivalent to 3 x 13 week trimesters.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

Entry requirements

IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 5 with a minimum band of 5 in writing.

Academic – 50% pass average in Australian year 11 equivalent

Country of Qualification                 Admission Requirements
Bangladesh         Successful completion of Year 11 with GPA 2.7/5.0
Year 12 Higher School Certificate: N/A
Cambodia         Diploma of Upper Secondary Education E average
China GAO ER (Senior Middle Year 2) 60% in academic subjects
GAO SAN (Senior Middle Year 3) N/A
Indonesia         SMA II (grade XI) with an average score of 6.0/10SMA III - N/A
Malaysia         SPM - Pass (E or higher) in 5 subjects UEC Senior Middle 2 overall pass (C8) from the best 5 academic subjects, exclude Chinese and Malay

STPM - 5.0

Myanmar         Basic Education High School Examination (Matriculation Examination): overall score of at least 55%
Nepal         N/A
Phillippines         High School Diploma 75% (overall average of academic subjects only)
Singapore         GCE O Levels - Pass in 5 academic subjects (minimum D grade)
GCE A Levels - Pass in 1 subject (H2 level)
Sri Lanka         Sri Lankan O Levels: 'C' grade in 1 academic subject and 'S' grade in 3 academic subjects

Sri Lanka A Levels: 'S' grade in 2 academic subject

Vietnam N/A

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

How to apply

If you have questions about your application, you can:

2019 Intakes: February, June. Fees (2019): A$10,000 per trimester

Duration: 39 weeks (3 x 13 week trimesters).

To apply for the International Foundations program, you must prove that you meet the entry requirements by attaching the relevant documentation to your application. This may include:

  • evidence of your English language proficiency
  • certified copies of your academic transcripts and graduation certificates
  • completed Background Information Checklist
  • other relevant documents such as letters from schools.

Firstly you will need to register your details in our international application and enquiry system. You will then be able to submit an online application and attach supporting documents.  If more information is required after you have submitted your application, you will receive an email from VU staff advising of a change of status in your application.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.