• Pathway to bachelor and diploma programs for students who do not meet the academic or English language entry requirements.
  • Complete in 8 months full-time.
  • Study academic English, digital studies, literature studies and other units that are specific to your degree.

Why choose this course?

As a Standard Foundation student, you will learn the required knowledge and skills that you need to enter the first year of your undergraduate degree and be better prepared to achieve academic success at QUT.

You will develop:

  • knowledge based on your chosen discipline of study
  • written and oral academic English skills
  • digital literacy skills
  • an understanding of what it means to be a QUT student and the Australian learning style.

The QUT College community will also offer you valuable co-curricular opportunities, such as the activities club, which will help you meet new friends and broaden your Australian learning experience. You will also be able to access a broad range of additional learning support.

When you have completed the Standard Foundation program, and met the faculty progression requirements, you will be guaranteed a place in the first year of your bachelor degree.

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What to expect

Real-world facilities

Standard Foundation is taught at QUT College which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. This is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will also receive a QUT student ID card so you can access all of QUT's outstanding facilities, and enjoy a fun and exciting university experience right from the start.

Progression to your related Bachelor course

Progression requirements from Standard Foundation into QUT bachelor degrees are different depending on your chosen bachelor program.

To see these progression requirements, please refer to the requirements tab for your chosen bachelor degree, and select 'Australia' from the country list.

Foundation streams

There are four Foundation streams to choose from, each with 8 units and a learning forum component.

You will be allocated to a stream based on your selected bachelor degree and progression requirements (i.e. degree pre-requisites). For example, students who will be studying Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will be allocated to a stream where they will study mathematics and science, when a Bachelor of Creative Industries student will be learning about creative design and creative practice.

Course dates

We have 3 start dates a year. Find out more about our program start dates.

Details and units


Selection rank

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2021.

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Course code
  • Kelvin Grove
8 months full-time
February, June and October

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

ATAR/selection rank

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
56 10 10 15 14
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
5.5 5 5 5 5
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
46 38 38 38 38
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
162 154 154 154 154
Duolingo English Test (DET)
Test is temporarily accepted for admission into 2021 intakes and intakes commencing up to 31st December 2021.
90 and Production Score of 75 -- -- -- --

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: TBA

2022 fees

2022: TBA

2021 fees

2021 fees

2021: $20,100 per course (96 credit points)

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans


You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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