Foundation Studies Program

Please note: Navitas Bundoora Pty Ltd (Higher Education provider, CRICOS 03312D ) offers this course at La Trobe University’s Sydney Campus, as an alternative entry point into La Trobe’s degree programs. Students who pass all course requirements will receive a qualification from Navitas.

Duration: 8 months

Semester starts: February, June, October

Campus: Sydney

CRICOS Code: 085026J


About this course

This course is your pathway to a Diploma or Bachelor program at La Trobe University Sydney Campus. The Foundation Studies Program is a university preparatory course, which focuses on building the language and study skills required to succeed at university.

Why choose the Foundation Studies Program

Taught by a team of highly qualified teachers with specialist expertise in helping international students adapt to tertiary studies in Australia, you will learn academic fundamentals while building your confidence in a caring and supportive environment.

Course structure

To obtain your Foundation Studies Program certificate, you must complete and pass at least eight out of nine units. Four of these units are compulsory:

  • Academic Communication
  • Essential Maths
  • Economics
  • Accounting

Below is a sample course structure.

Semester 1Semester 2
Academic CommunicationAcademic Communication
Essential MathsEssential Maths

Key Dates



Career outcomes

Successful completion of the Foundation Studies Program can lead to direct entry into diploma or bachelor program at La Trobe University Sydney Campus. The career options upon completion of a bachelor program are extensive.

Students who pass all required subjects are guaranteed an entry into either:

Students who pass all Level 2 subjects and achieve an overall grade of 65 percent - with an overall grade of at least 60 percent in Academic Study Skills 2 - will be eligible for direct entry into the following degrees.

Entry requirements

This course is only available to international students. View the entry requirements for your location.

How to apply

Complete the online application form or call us for assistance on (+61 2) 9397 7600.

You may apply for recognition of prior learning or experience, which can be submitted as part of your application process.

If you would like to discuss your circumstances, please call us on (+61 2) 9397 7600, or ask a question online.

La Trobe University and La Trobe College Australia are committed to increasing access to information and providing transparency in admissions. You can view the 2017 ATAR distribution reports for our diploma programs here.