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Pre-University Pathways

Foundation Studies Programs

The Foundation Studies Program provides international students with a specially developed preparation for degree studies in Australia. Students are assisted to develop language and independent study skills that form an excellent preparation for meeting the challenges of university study and life.

In the supportive environment of a Foundation Program, students have the opportunity to develop important friendships with other international students, as well as with Australians, and this provides students with a great advantage, especially during their first semester of university.

The University offers admission through two Foundation Programs. The Foundation Studies Program at the University of Adelaide is offered by The University of Adelaide College, and the Foundation Studies Program of the South Australian Universities is offered by Eynesbury College.

Both these programs have been established by the University of Adelaide and are monitored by the University to maintain the high academic standards required for admission to the University. Foundation students are given provisional offers to their target degree courses and enrolled in the University as well as their chosen college.

Each college provides a range of different subject choices, intakes and experiences. Please contact the colleges directly to obtain details of the Foundation Studies programs.

The University of Adelaide College               Eynesbury College
Telephone: 61 8 8313 3430               Telephone: 61 8 8302 2031
Facsimile: 61 8 8313 3877               Facsimile: 61 8 8216 9099
Email:               Email:
Website:               Website:

Other Foundation Studies Programs are recognised by the University of Adelaide; applications will be considered from outstanding students who have completed Foundation Studies Programs offered by other Australian Universities. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

University Transition Program: Eynesbury

Eynesbury also offers a University Transition Program (UTP) which provides students who are unable to gain direct entry into the University of Adelaide an opportunity to fast-track their university preparation and commence their university studies in 14 weeks. The UTP commences in October with successful students enrolling for their university studies in March of the following year. For further information visit

Degree Transfer: The University of Adelaide College

Provided by The University of Adelaide College, the Degree Transfer Program offers the first year of a Bachelor Degree at the University of Adelaide for students who cannot enter the program directly. The Degree Transfer Program has additional learning support especially for English language and difficult concepts in subjects such as mathematics. Upon completion of the program, students are offered direct entry into second year with full credit for first year in the chosen field of study (provided the required scores are achieved).

Degree Transfer courses are for 45 weeks (3 x 15 week semester), with intakes in October and March. For more information please visit the The University of Adelaide College website.

University Senior College

The University of Adelaide is in partnership with University Senior College (USC), an academic, coeducational, independent senior secondary school. USC offers the SACE to students in Years 11 and 12. Located within the University of Adelaide campus, USC gives international students excellent preparation for university entrance. Students gain well-rounded, educational experience where they are supported from the time they arrive until they complete the SACE.

The academic program at USC is broad and enables students to choose a range of subjects appropriate to their intended tertiary pathway, taught in classes alongside Australian students. USC also provides a specially designed English language course for students before entering year 11 or 12.

USC International
Telephone: 61 8 8313 4988
Facsimile: 61 8 8313 4887
Web site:


Applicants who have completed a relevant TAFE award can be considered for selection on the basis of their completed TAFE studies, in addition to other qualifications where relevant.

Completed certificate IV awards (formerly advanced certificates and some certificates) meet the minimum entry requirements for university diploma programs, as well as bachelor programs in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Wine Marketing. Completed certificate IV awards in music meet the minimum entry requirements for bachelor programs in Music. Completed certificate I-IV awards in music meet the minimum entry requirements for Music certificates.

The University has established credit transfer and pathway arrangements with TAFE institutes and many faculties grant status, also known as credit or advanced standing, for previous TAFE studies. Further information is available from the relevant faculty or on the Credit Transfer page.


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