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Discover the new Quadmester Foundation Program Model at ANU College

ANU College is the pathway provider to The Australian National University (ANU), ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide and the number one university in Australia.*

Commencing in 2018, there will be significant changes to the structure of the current ANU College Foundation Program. Students will now have the option to choose from 3 different Foundation Studies (FS) programs, depending on their English language and academic skill level; FS Extended, FS Standard or FS Rapid.

ANU College Quadmester Foundation Programs


2018 ANU College Foundation Program intake dates


Course Outline

Standard Foundation Studies 

The four term Standard program offers is the flagship foundation program at ANUC. It provides the best opportunity for students to study diverse core and elective courses and obtain a competitive GPA entry score for ANU. This foundation course also maximises student opportunity to meet pre-requisite course criteria for multiple ANU programs and achieve the high pathway English hurdle requirement prior to commencing at ANU.

Students undertake the following:

  • complete a total of 20 courses over four terms (5 per term)
  • 12 compulsory courses are selected from the English (core skills and applied), plus Mathematics or Research skills areas

8 discipline electives (science, engineering and computer science; business and economics; arts, law and social sciences).

Subjects: 5 subjects completed each term – 20 in total.

Rapid Foundation Studies

The three term Rapid program is better suited to students who are confident in completing the foundation program requirements in a shorter time frame. This program provides students with the opportunity to add an additional elective to their studies and complete the program over three terms rather than the four terms of the Standard Program. It is advisable that students selecting this program are confident English speakers, able to excel under pressure with diverse assessment tasks such as critical analysis and oral presentations.

Students undertake the following:

  • complete a total of 18 courses over three terms (6 per term)
  • 9 compulsory courses are selected from the English (core skills and applied), plus Mathematics
    OR Research skills areas
  • 9 discipline electives (science, engineering and computer science; business and economics; arts, law and social sciences)

Subjects: 6 subjects completed each term – 18 in total.

Extended Foundation Studies

The Extended program is for students who require a little more academic and English language preparation before commencing their tertiary level studies.

The extended program has a 5 week intensive study period, focusing on English preparation (four subjects) and students undertake a cultural immersion preparation program at the beginning of their studies. Foundation extended provides opportunity for students to enhance their study and language skills and cultural awareness through five weeks of practical and focused courses and a study tour experience to Sydney or the Illawarra region.

This course would appeal to international students seeking specialised instruction to improve language and academic skills, and those wishing a well-supported and fun introduction to studying and living in Australia.

In this program, students complete the following courses across five weeks to develop language, research and academic writing skills as well as applied numeracy and cultural awareness.

  • Foundation English
  • Maths in society
  • The social psychology of leisure
  • Australian landscape

Subjects: 4 subjects initially then 5 subjects in each term – 24 in total.

Terms 1 – 4 follow the same streamed subject structure as the FS Standard Program.

How Foundation Program scores are calculated for progressing to study at ANU

  • A student passes all courses (by achieving a minimum grade of 50% in each course).
  • English entry requirement: minimum grade of 65% for all programs except for Law
  • where a minimum grade of 85% is required. Academic entry requirement: grade point average calculated by averaging a student’s best fourteen grades achieved out of all courses studied (excluding the FSX preliminary courses).



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