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Intensive Foundation Program, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Sydney, Australia
The Intensive Foundation Program from Macquarie University is suitable for students who have completed Year 12 or equivalent studies and have almost reached university entry requirements but still need to improve their academic literacy and study skills.
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Successful completion of the Intensive Foundation Program from Macquarie University will allow you to progress into the first year of selected Macquarie University bachelor degrees, provided you meet the entry requirements.

Key features

  • Students choose one stream from three options: Arts stream, Business and Commerce stream, or Science and Engineering stream.
  • The course and stream prepares a student for entry into a selection of Macquarie bachelor degrees.
  • Teaching and learning activities focus on assisting students to acquire academic knowledge and the study skills needed to succeed in higher education in Australia.
  • English language skills are integrated into all units to assist students increase their confidence and competence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research for University Studies
  • Mathematics 
  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Media
  • Biology
  • History
  • Economics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 50;
  • HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 50.

International students must be at least 17 years of age at the time of commencement and have a qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 with an ATAR of 50.


Tuition Fee

  • International

    16800 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
  • National

    16800 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
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Living costs for Sydney

  • 1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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