Prepare for Foundation Year
It is challenging to move away from home for your studies. Don't worry, we're here to help, and we have some useful information to help you get started.
Meet your teachers
The teachers at Monash College are some of Australia's best. They are passionate, experienced and committed to helping you achieve your study and career goals. You can count on their support while you adjust to living and studying in Australia.
Head of Studies - Business, English and Humanities
Janene Chase (BA (English and History), DipTeach, MEd (TESOL))
Janene Chase began her secondary school teaching career in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1986 she moved to Australia and taught both English and History at Kilvington Grammar. In 1996, Janene took up a teaching position at La Trobe University, teaching in the Foundation program, and later took on the roles of English subject coordinator and Head of Department (Business and English). Janene joined MUFY in 2011 as Head of Studies (Business, English and Humanities).
Head of Studies - STEM
Krista has a degree from Monash University in Zoology. She has taught in the areas of Science and Biology across the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and Victoria, Australia. Krista is a co-author of a VCE Biology text and a VCE exam panel development member. She has been Head of Student Welfare, Head of Science and Head of Campus at several State and Independent schools in Victoria and overseas, most recently leading virtual learning and project based learning across multi-campus educational institutions.
Nuneh Harut (BSc,DipEd)
Nuneh taught MUFY and VCE Mathematics at Taylors College for 11 years before starting her teaching job at Monash College in 2012. She accepted the position of MUFY Mathematics Subject Coordinator in January 2013. Nuneh has been actively involved in MUFY Mathematics curriculum development and examination setting since 2009.
Our tips for success
It takes more than just hard work to succeed in your studies. We asked our teachers for their best success tips. Here are the top 10:
- Arrive early and give yourself some time in Melbourne before your course starts. This way you can sort out your accommodation, figure out public transport and be relaxed when the course starts.
- Look after your health and well-being when you arrive in Australia and during your course – develop a routine that includes healthy food & plenty of sleep.
- Once the course has started you are expected to attend all of your classes.
- Be an active learner; prepare for and participate in class, ask questions, think over the new ideas you are presented with.
- Develop a social network - be brave and make friends with other people from different cultures and languages.
- Understand that being a student is a full time job therefore it is important that you develop good time management skills.
- Know the academic rules and compulsory requirements. Make sure you attend all assessments and meet assessment deadlines.
- Make sure you have the correct computer hardware and software. We ask for certain software to ensure that you can complete all of the work you need to, and that we can help you.
- We are here to help you, please ask! We don't know if you don't tell us. Remember it is usually easier to solve issues at the start rather than when they are too big.
- And finally, have fun and enjoy the learning process! It is important to have a study and life balance.
Select your subjects
Once you have accepted your offer, we will send you an email with instructions on how to select your subject online. Our online system has star ratings to help you choose the right subjects for your chosen destination degree.
In the first week of the semester, you have the opportunity to meet with the Heads of Studies to make changes to your subject selections or to add new subjects.
Check out the course structure requirements and subject choices for your Foundation Year:
What your timetable might look like
As a Foundation Year student, you will study an average of 20 hours per week (or 5 hours per unit, per week) and you need to attend all your classes from Monday to Friday. Depending on your subject choices, your weekly timetable may look like this:
English Unit 1, Classroom 2A
Accounting Unit 1, Classroom 2B
Economics Unit 1, Classroom 3E
Economics Unit 1, Classroom 3D
English Unit 1, Classroom 2C
Economics Unit 2, Classroom 2A
Accounting Unit 1, Classroom 2D
Economics Unit 1, Classroom 2B
Accounting Unit 1, Classroom 3B
Accounting Unit 1, Classroom 2C
Homegroup Unit 2, Classroom 3A
English Unit 1, Classroom 3A
Economics Unit 1, Classroom 3A
Economics Unit 2, Classroom 3A
Economics Unit 2, Classroom 2D
Economics Unit 2, Classroom 2C
English Unit 1, Classroom 2D
Frequently asked questions
When are the non-teaching dates during and at the end of the semester?
The mid-term breaks and start/end of semester are kept up-to-date via the following website: www.monashcollege.edu.au/courses/foundation-year/dates-and-fees. The note that the dates vary slightly between programs (i.e. Standard, Intensive, and Extended).
What are benefits of choosing 5 subjects rather than 4?
We encourage students to study one extra, optional subject each semester for bonus points. When they finish these extra subjects they'll receive a bonus 1.25 per cent of each unit score added to their final Foundation Year score.
What food/drink am I allowed to bring into a classroom?
We encourage students to consume food and drinks in the kitchen areas only.
What are my options if I fail subjects or the semester exam?
Students will need to speak with the Heads of Studies to discuss options as each student’s case is different.
Where do I go for lunch? Are there facilities on site?
The City Campus is conveniently located at the heart of Melbourne CBD and you have access to many food options. If you bring your own lunch, fridges and microwaves are available for you to store and reheat your meal. You also have access to coffee, tea, and fresh milk at our student lounges.