Foundation and Intensive programs

Foundation and Intensive programs

Our programs are specifically designed to help you attain the proficiencies required for admission to a Macquarie University bachelor degree.

Macquarie University International College Programs

The College offers four diplomas, a standard foundation program and intensive program which are designed so that upon successful completion you can go straight from your pathway studies into your chosen Macquarie University bachelor degree. Located on campus at Macquarie University, you will be a Macquarie student from day one.

The programs are taught in seven-week blocks called terms. You will study two units each term, allowing you to deeply engage with your chosen area of interest. You will receive personalised attention through our small class sizes with teaching and learning activities designed to improve your university level study skills and academic knowledge.

If you are trying to decide whether a standard foundation, intensive program or diploma program is right for you, academic advisers at the College can help. They will look at your qualifications and grades as well as your English language skills (if you are an International student), and discuss the best options with you or your nominated representative.

Contact the College

T: +61 (2) 9850 5055


Depending on your academic background and English language proficiency, you can choose a Standard Foundation program or Intensive program. These programs are designed to equip you with the skills and capabilities you need to enter the first year of a Macquarie University bachelor degree.

To fit with your field of interest and future degree, the Standard Foundation and Intensive programs are each divided into 3 specialist streams:

  • Arts
  • Business and Commerce
  • Science and Engineering
Program CRICOS code Start date IELTS minimum score (or equivalent)# Entry requirements
Standard Foundation Program 085296J February
5.5 overall
5.0 in each band
17 years old*
completed Year 11 high school#
Intensive Program 085297G February
6.0 overall
5.5 in each band
17 years old*
completed Year 12 high school#

^April intake is for domestic students only.

*You can be 16 at the time you apply but must be 17 at the time of commencing the pathway program, this requirement is for international students only.

#Find full details of English language entry requirements and academic entry requirements.

View the College Term Dates.

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