About International Foundation
NOTE: The International Foundation program will no longer be offered by the University of Newcastle beyond 2013. For international students requiring pathway to degree programs at the University of Newcastle, please visit the Newcastle International College (NIC) website.
What is International Foundation?
The International Foundation program provides a pathway to undergraduate study for International students who do not have the academic qualifications to gain direct admission into a degree program. To be eligible for International Foundation, students need to have completed at least 10 years of schooling (equivalent of Australian year 11).
The International Foundation year is designed to allow students to specialise in their choice of undergraduate areas and provides them with English language support throughout the year. Upon completion, students may qualify for direct entry to an undergraduate program within the University Faculties:
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Faculty of Education and Arts
- Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
- Faculty of Health
- Faculty of Science and Information Technology
In order to gain admission to an undergraduate program, students are required to successfully complete a set of courses over one year and gain an Average Mark as required by the Faculties.
Special features of the International Foundation year include:
- Full year program commencing in February and completing in November
- Up to five (5) prizes of AUD $2,000 each, awarded each year to outstanding International Foundation students with excellent academic achievements
- International Foundation students have the rights of full-time students of the University of Newcastle
- Acceptance by most Australian universities as an entrance qualification
- Over 90% of students are offered their first choice in an undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle