The University of Newcastle, Australia

Making it work

We are a leader in providing more opportunities for people with the ability and determination to enter and succeed in higher education, regardless of their background. Since 1974 nearly 40,000 people have entered University through one of our foundation programs.

Passionate teachers

We’ve been running Open Foundation for over 40 years, so it’s safe to say we know what we are doing.

Our academic team is here to mentor, support and inspire you throughout your studies and set you up for success in your university career.

Supporting your studies

Our aim is to provide the best possible support to ensure you succeed with your studies.

We’ve got you covered with a dedicated, passionate and professional support team on hand to assist with all aspects of your life to ensure you reach your potential.

Campus services and community

When studying Open Foundation, you’ll join a community of over 40,000 students and be able to access a broad range of services and facilities open to everyone.

Our campuses are a rich, bustling hive of activity and there is always something to support and entertain you through your studies.

Dollars and sense

There are no tuition fees for the Open Foundation program.
However there are some basic costs associated with studying at university.

  • Textbooks and class supplies

    As with most university courses, you will need to purchase textbooks and other supplies eg. art and design supplies for some of your subjects. Purchasing two sets of new textbooks can cost between $150 to $450.

  • Other associated costs

    To successfully complete your studies, you may also incur costs associated with:

    • at-home internet, computer use and printing costs (computers, printers and internet access are also available 24/7 on campus)
    • Childcare
    • Transport and parking costs
    • Costs of attending exams and face-to-face days (online students)
  • Centrelink

    If you study a full time load you may be eligible for Centrelink StudyAssist payments, see the What You'll Study page for details on what makes a full time study load.

Hear from others



"I started Open Foundation because I didn’t have the marks I needed to start uni - and I absolutely loved it. It gave me the readiness and passion to get going in my undergraduate course."

Joel, Part-time student



“Open Foundation was an amazing learning environment as preparation for an undergraduate degree. It provided me with the core skills to be able to to think critically, write academically and ease me into university life. I highly recommend the program.”

Kim, Bachelor of Nursing, Central Coast campus



"The best thing about Open Foundation was the flexibility. As a single mum I also had to work, so it was fantastic for me. I would recommend Open Foundation Online to anybody, it was the best thing I ever did."

Shanali, Online student



“Whilst studying Open Foundation, the information and skills I developed have allowed me to exceed expectations I had initially set for myself, and furthered my learning ability in the university environment.”

Jim, Bachelor of Communication, Newcastle campus



“What surprised me the most about studying Open Foundation Online was the amount of help you get. The lecturers and everyone are really helpful.”

Kim, Online student