Foundation Program


Did you stop studying in high school but have the desire to start tertiary education? Our Foundation Program has been developed to bridge the gap between high school and tertiary studies. While completing the Foundation Program, you will study units and practice skills required for academic success in the SIBT Diploma Program (equivalent to one year of University studies). Some of the Foundation units you select will depend on the Diploma you wish to study.

Your direct pathway to an SIBT diploma

  • High School
  • SIBT Foundation
  • SIBT diploma
  • University degree

Key Information


Standard program - 8 months


Intake Dates

March, July, October 

Campus Location

Level 4, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney 


Standard 088486A


Australian International


A$22,070 (Standard)

Australian International


A$25,400 (Standard)

A$35,320 (Extended)

Program Requirements

If you have completed year 11, or equivalent and achieved an equivalent IELTS of 5.5 with 5 in each band, then you are eligible to study the Foundation Standard Program which takes two semesters to complete.

See Admission requirements for pre-course information.

Our students who study the Foundation Standard Program will study five Standard core units and three electives units from a selected stream. 

Core units

  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communication Skills
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies
  • FNDS015 Information Technology
  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics or FNDE021 Mathematics 1*

*Engineering students must choose FNDE021 Mathematics 1

Arts, Media and Communications stream

  • FNDA023 Mass Communication
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing

Business and Commerce stream 

  • FNDB020 Accounting
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing

Note: If you are undertaking SIBT studies to enter further degree study in Finance, Accounting, Actuarial Studies or Economics, knowledge of HSC Maths is assumed.

IT stream 

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Project Management
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing

Note: If you are undertaking SIBT studies to enter further degree study in Computing, knowledge of Year 12 Maths is assumed.

Engineering stream 

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Project Management
  • FNDE023 Mathematics 2
  • FNDB022 Management

Note: If you are undertaking SIBT studies to enter further degree study in Engineering, knowledge of Year 12 Maths is assumed.

Assessments have an important role in your education. Assessments in the Foundation Program encourages learning and indicates your level of achievement against set criteria, standards and learning objectives. Assessment methods vary depending on the units selected. This program uses a combination of assessment tasks, including individual and group assignments, essays, oral presentations, tutorial participation and formal examinations.

You will have the opportunity to work on improving your English language skills, and to practice the four key skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in various contexts. These programs give you the very best chance for academic success, and prepare you to study at university level and live with confidence in Australia.

English support programs are available through SIBT and Navitas English.

When you successfully complete your SIBT Foundation Program and obtain the required Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (on a 10 point scale) for your preferred diploma, you will be guaranteed a place in this diploma. The Grade Point Average is an average score calculated across all of your units.

Students who pass the first 4 recommended units of the Foundation Program (Standard) and achieve an overall average of 70% or above, may be eligible to transfer into an SIBT Diploma. 

Provider Registration Number: PRV12046

The Foundation Program comply with the ESOS Act 2000, the National Code and the National Standards for Foundation Programs.

The SIBT Foundation Programs (Standard) has been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students. While the programs are specifically designed for international students, it can also provide academic preparation - academic communication, reading and writing skills  - for domestic students seeking entry to first year undergraduate study.

Admissions Information

Applicant backgroundCurrent Students - Session 1, 2024
Number of StudentsPercentage of Students
(A) A higher education award course
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Past vocational education and
training (VET) study

(C) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact
of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not considered (e.g special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
(D) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
All Students20100.00%

Notes:    L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.