2024: February, June

39 weeks

2024: $11,800*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Our International Foundations extended program prepares international students for entry into the first year of university study 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
  • offers a guaranteed pathway towards first year undergraduate degrees and HE diploma (provided you meet the requirements of the agreed pathway).

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.

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Pathways to further study

When you complete this course, you will be accepted into an available Victoria University undergraduate course or diploma course of your choice. You just need to achieve the relevant cut-off scores and meet the requirements set.

Explore the pathways that are available as part of this course:

Destination course % required to apply
Bachelor of Laws (BLAW) 80%

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 & pathways

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0.
Academic – 50% pass average in Australian year 11 equivalent

Country of Qualification
Admission Requirements

Successful completion of Year 11 with GPA 2.7/5.0

Year 12 Higher School Certificate: N/A

Diploma of Upper Secondary Education E average

GAO ER (Senior Middle Year 2) 60% in academic subjects

GAO SAN (Senior Middle Year 3) N/A

SMA II (grade XI) with an average score of 6.0/10SMA III - N/A

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

Basic Education High School Examination (Matriculation Examination): overall score of at least 55%


High School Diploma 75% (overall average of academic subjects only)

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


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

How to apply

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2023 Intakes: February, June. 

Fees (2023): A$11,220 per semester

Duration: 39 weeks (3x13 week semesters).

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.

First, register your details in our international application and enquiry system. Submit an online application and attach supporting documents. VU staff will email you if we need further information after you've submitted 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 – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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.