What is a foundation programme?

Foundation programme is a bridging course for a Bachelor’s Degree that is designed for international students who either have completed their secondary school qualification (GCE N/O Levels) and already know which university they would like to study in, or for those who have completed high school (GCE A Levels/IB) but are not able to meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree programme at a University. These foundation programmes provide secured progression to the chosen university upon successful completion.

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Benefits of studying a foundation programme


Graduate to university year one in just a year

For students who have completed GCE N/O Levels or equivalent, it is a fast-track pathway towards university instead of the usual high school (eg. A Levels/IB) or polytechnic diploma pathway.


Guaranteed admission to the university of your choice

Many foundation programmes offer guaranteed progression to degree programmes or will support with university applications.


Prepares you for university life

Helps you to adapt to the academic environment and life in the country you are studying in, ensuring you are prepared for university studies.


Small classes and individual attention

This means you have more time to develop the understanding of your subject than you would get in a traditional University setting.

Almost all institutions offer foundation programmes, depending on the university you would like to study at eventually. Usually, most students will go to the affiliated foundation school.

To meet the entry requirements, you will generally need:

  • Successful completion of 10 years of basic education anywhere in the world
  • For Singapore curriculum, completion of either GCE N, O level or IGCSE. GCE A levels or IB Diploma students who do not meet the university entry requirements can undertake a fast-track foundation programme.
  • Basic English language proficiency depending on the requirements in the country
  • Certain subjects in your high school syllabus relevant for the foundation programme

Students who have not received their actual O level results may use their preliminary or predicated results to apply.

The cost will differ depending on the destination of your study. As a guide, if you have plans to study in Australia, the cost of the programme ranges from AUD20,000 to AUD35,000 depending on the course and duration of programme. Do note that the cost does not include student’s accommodation and cost of living expenses during their study period.

A typical standard foundation year is two-semesters long, which runs for one academic year. However, there is also the intensive/fast-tracked foundation available for students with exceptional grades, which allow students to complete the Foundation course within a shorter duration. In addition, the Extended foundation course, which runs slightly longer than the standard foundation course, is available for students who require additional time and support to cope and adjust to the Australian curriculum.

Scholarships For International Students

Different schools offers different scholarships, please contact us for more information.

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