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International Foundation Studies Program

Charles Darwin University
1 year
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
International Foundation Studies Program

About this program

International Foundation Studies Program

The International Foundation Studies Program (FSP) has been developed to meet the needs of students who have a desire to advance their educational knowledge and skills in preparation for entry to university. Core and academic elective content develops theoretical proficiencies, skills and competencies as well as entrepreneurial enterprise, and leadership and team skills to equip students with the pedagogical constructs required for study at tertiary level. In addition to these academic and social foundations, students are also equipped with ongoing cultural orientation to Australia and the Northern Territories.

The Program is also designed to allow students to experience a focused study in an area of special interest or in specific disciplines that will better prepare them to study across the various sectors of their selected university course. It also helps students set and articulate goals and improve their self-management capabilities and confidence.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Year 11, Australian Secondary Schools.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

  • IELTS Academic Module: A minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 162, with no skill below 154.
  • Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B1.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 42 with no score lower than 36.
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum score of 14 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Units

  • Foundation English A
  • Foundation English B
  • Foundation English C

Specialist Elective Units

  • Foundation Accounting
  • Foundation Economics
  • Foundation Marketing and Tourism
  • Foundation Design
  • Foundation Media Studies
  • Foundation Mathematics with Calculus
  • Foundation Mathematics with Statistics
  • Foundation Health Studies
  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Foundation Physics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: $20,800.00



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About this institute

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

Contact info

Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

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