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IES Foundation Year


IES Foundation Year prepares international students for study at The University of Queensland (UQ). Upon successful completion of the program, you are guaranteed entry into most undergraduate programs at UQ (quotas apply in some programs).

Three programs are available: Extended, Standard, and Express. Program selection is based on your academic results and English proficiency. Each program is tailored to your individual needs and undergraduate aim.

Studying IES Foundation Year, you will join a multi-cultural environment of students from more than 40 countries. There are approximately 600 students currently studying the program and preparing to enter programs such as Engineering, Health Science, Business, Science, Arts and Information Technology - all fields for which UQ is renowned.

Secure your Advantage and join more than 5,000 alumni who have studied at UQ and become leaders in their field.



Founded in 1910, UQ is one of Australia’s most highly ranked and awarded learning and research institutions that is internationally renowned for its quality programs, excellent teachers, world-class facilities and leading researchers.

The university is consistently ranked well inside the top 100 of the world’s more than 10,000 universities in a number of major

independent university rankings. UQ is also a founding member of the Group of Eight and one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21.

UQ has provided the foundation for thousands of graduates to become leaders in all areas of society and industry, making it one of the most prestigious universities in the Asia pacific. IES Foundation Year graduates make up nearly 30% of international students in UQ undergraduate programs.

UQ is internationally acclaimed for its tradition of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Qualifications from UQ are recognised worldwide and graduates are in high demand.



Students who achieve the specified standards are guaranteed a place in the first year of most undergraduate programs at UQ.



Scholarships are available for students from selected countries wishing to enter IES Foundation Year in the Standard and Express programs. Scholarships cover up to 50% of the tuition fees.

Scholarships and Bursaries are also available for graduates pursuing study in selected undergraduate programs at UQ. They are awarded on academic merit and open to all students enrolled in IES Foundation Year.

To apply for a scholarship, or to find out more information, visit


As an IES Foundation Year student you will improve your English language skills, acquire essential knowledge for your undergraduate preference and develop the skills necessary for university study in Australia.

Students study five academic subjects throughout the program. Academic English for University Study and Mathematics are compulsory subjects for all students. Elective subjects are chosen based upon your undergraduate preference and interests and include Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Accounting, Business Management, Information Technology, Behavioural Science, Research and Architecture. Students receive a high standard of instruction from experienced and qualified teachers and helpful tutors.



Throughout your IES Foundation Year studies, you will be guided by academic staff and student counsellors who will help you achieve your goals. A rich calendar of extra-curricular and social events is also available to help you make friends, experience Brisbane and familiarise yourself with UQ.



Entry into IES Foundation Year is determined by your English language proficiency and academic performance.

To view entrance requirements visit

English language proficiency of IELTS 5.0 (minimum for Extended Program) – Pre-entry English language courses in Australia can be arranged for applicants who do not meet the required level of proficiency.



Students can enrol in Extended, Standard or Express programs. Six intakes are available throughout the year:



Extended program:


January to December June to May




Standard program:


February to December August to May




Express program:


May to December October to May







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Please check our website for the most current information.


For more information, please contact:

International Education Services

PO Box 989 Spring Hill, Queensland 4004 Australia Tel: (61) 7 3832 7699


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