Foundation year

Our foundation year prepares more than 1500 international students for Monash University each year. If you want a degree from a top one per cent university, Monash University Foundation Year is the place to start.

After successfully completing foundation year, you will have guaranteed entry into first year at Monash University.

Our expert teachers will develop your academic and English skills, and teach you to study in the Monash style. Their support and guidance will make sure you’re ready to start your degree at Monash University.

Foundation Year Economics Teacher Eileen with students

Why study Monash University Foundation Year?

  • Guaranteed entry to Monash University (remember, you need to meet the entry requirements and degree prerequisites).
  • Curriculum designed to prepare you for success at Monash University.
  • Our teachers are experts in teaching international students.
  • Enter all 10 faculties at Monash University after studying foundation year.
  • We use the same advanced learning technology as Monash University.
  • Highly supportive environment – you'll have a team of experts such as a learning skills adviser, student counsellor, careers adviser and library staff to support you.

Foundation year at a glance

Destination1st year Monash University 
CampusMelbourne city
DurationStandard: 12 months
Intensive: 9 months
Extended: 18 months
Class structureClasses and laboratory practicals for science subjects
Contact hours5 hours per unit, per week
Study modelSemester
IntakesJanuary, March, July and August
SubjectsChoose from 12 subjects, English is compulsory
Double degreesYes
International locationsJakarta International College, Indonesia
Sunway College, Malaysia
Universal College Lanka, Sri Lanka

Meet Nakjun Sung (Jerome)



“I've always wanted to be a doctor. I wasn't able to enter medicine directly, so foundation year provided me with a pathway. Monash College was a different study environment to what I was used to. I learnt that having knowledge, and understanding what it means, are two different things! I had more time to study and understand concepts."

What you will study

You must study English. You’ll also choose another three or four subjects each semester (8–10 units in total). Each subject consists of two units, eg. Unit 1 English, Unit 2 English.

Think about what subjects you need to study to be accepted into your Monash degree. We also recommend you consider studying mathematics – you will have more choice at university. Not sure what to choose? Don’t worry. Our Head of Studies will be happy to help.

Tip: It’s also a good idea to think about which subjects you enjoy – this will help you do your best.

Foundation Year subject options

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English (compulsory)
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Global Studies
  • Contemporary Issues (available Sem 1, 2018)
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics

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Foundation Year course formats

Academic support

Rachel Chamberlain, Learning Skills Adviser

"The learning style at Monash College is different to what you're used to. I'll help you with essays, referencing, oral presentations, report writing and group work skills. I also organise academic writing and exam preparation workshops. I want to make sure you improve your marks and that you have a great learning experience!"

Rachel Chamberlain, Learning Skills Adviser