Entering Universities through Pathway
If you do not meet the entry requirements to get directly into Australian university, there are alternative pathways designedprimarily for students who do not have the qualification required, Foundation Programand and Diploma. Generally, pathways guarantee you entry into university unless you do not successfully complete prerequisites for university courses in the pathways. And, even better, some courses in Diploma you have done may be transferred to credit when you enrol in university course, it means that a duration of studying in university canbe shortened.
※ Duration and process may differ by courses or institutions.
Foundation Program (University Preparation Program)
Foundation program is usually a one-year intensive preparatory course and typically designed to prepare more comprehensive grounding in the skills, prerequisite and assumed knowledge to enter an undergraduate course at a university. Australia has different education system compared to other countries where you are from, and prerequisite and assumed knowledge are required for further study in Australia. Australian institutions may recognise your previous courses or qualifications from your home country. However, if they assume that your previous study is not enough to enter directly institutions, you will be offered to enrol a foundation course before you study at university. After successfully completing a foundation course, many institutions will recognise that you have made an effort to improve your skills and consider you ready to enter a degree. Foundation courses are offered by universities or colleges that are affiliated with particular universities.
Diploma (University Pathway Program)
Commonly international students enrol Foundation program,and start studying in first year of university bachelor course after completing the Foundation program. This means they spend at least 4 years, 1 year of Foundation and 3 years of bachelor degree course on studying. However, universities offer credit to students who have completed a Diploma program. This usually means that they enter a Bachelor degree course in the second year. Even though diploma courses are longer than foundation programs, this credit allows diploma students to complete their studies in a shorter time that if they undertake a foundation program and then an undergraduate course. Business or Information Technology courses tend to be the most popular fields of study.