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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
44 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 Foundation studies: A pathway to university Foundation studies prepare international students for university. They provide the skills for students to be successful in the Australian academic system. AustrAliAn universities >FoundAtion studiEs International students may find that Australia has a different academic culture from their own country. Australian universities encourage self- directed learning, critical thinking and a creative, innovative approach. This ensures graduates who are confident, self motivated and can become leaders in their fields. To prepare international students for university, Australia offers foundation studies. The programs are generally from six months to one year, and you study at either a university, vocational institute or college. Foundation studies are also known as pre-university courses or tertiary preparation programs. AlternAtive entry to university If you do not meet the entry requirements for a bachelor degree, you may be able to complete a foundation course first and then progress into university. Most foundation courses offer guaranteed entry to a specific university when you meet the course requirements. Generally, students will need to have an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or above. If you are below these English language requirements, then you can undertake an ELICOS course before starting your foundation studies. You will also receive English language support during your foundation program. subjects tAilored to A bAchelor degree In a foundation studies program, you choose a stream relevant to your planned bachelor degree. For example, the types of streams offered may be in: science and engineering; business and finance; and arts and communication. Students are taught by teachers who have a good understanding of the content of the first year of the bachelor degree. You will usually study core subjects, such as English for Tertiary Studies and Information Management, as well as electives related to your stream. The English for Tertiary Studies (Academic English) subject covers topics essential for success at university, including reading, writing and speaking skills such as: reading comprehension; researching and referencing; note taking, academic writing; and presenting to a group. At the Queensland University of Technology International College, for example, foundation studies programs are offered in three formats – standard (one year), accelerated (six months) and extended (1.5 years). Through a foundation studies program, you will become familiar with the Australian academic culture and gain the skills for successful study at the bachelor degree level. ● individuAl support Foundation studies programs tend to have small classes and qualified, dedicated teachers who will give you individual support. The teachers help you succeed to take the next step to university. Classes are held in a similar format to a university tutorial and you will be given an orientation to the university. Foundation studies programs have commencement dates throughout the year, usually in first semester (February/ March) and second semester (July/August).
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