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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time

Intake

On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Not available to domestic students.
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required

80

Course code

ZFSP02

Overview

The International Foundation Studies Program (FSP) has been developed to meet the needs of students who have a desire to advance their educational knowledge and skills in preparation for entry to university. Core and academic elective content develops theoretical proficiencies, skills and competencies as well as entrepreneurial enterprise, and leadership and team skills to equip students with the pedagogical constructs required for study at tertiary level. In addition to these academic and social foundations, students are also equipped with ongoing cultural orientation to Australia and the Northern Territories.

The Program is also designed to allow students to experience a focused study in an area of special interest or in specific disciplines that will better prepare them to study across the various sectors of their selected university course. It also helps students set and articulate goals and improve their self-management capabilities and confidence.

Fees

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $.00. This equates to $.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study a pathway course at CDU

"At CDU, there is a study pathway for everyone. We strive to provide you with a range of alternative entry methods suitable for students at all levels of education and English proficiency.

  • Free 16-week Tertiary Enabling Program
  • Range of First Nations enabling and pre-enabling programs
  • #5 Australian university for first-in-family study (GUG 2023)"
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Why study a pathway course at CDU

"CDU International College prepares you to study undergraduate and postgraduate programs at CDU.

  • Attend classes at the modern CDU Waterfront campus in Darwin City, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive CDU student support
  • Specialised language development, a well-rounded curriculum and smaller class sizes provide the support necessary to meet your goals and prepare for the real world"

What will I study?

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Course structure

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.

 


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

All units are scheduled for five contact hours per week over a 13 week teaching semester . FSP001, FSP002 and FSP011 are offered every semester. Other units are offered every second semester so that students have access to all units in a two semester course. At least one mathematics unit selected from FSP010 Foundation Mathematics with Calculus or FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistics must also be taken.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(3 units)

30cp

Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below. 

FSP001 Foundation English A
FSP002 Foundation English B
FSP003 Foundation English C
 

Specialist Elective Units
(5 units)

50cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 50 credit points selected from the units listed below.

At least one Mathematics unit from either FSP010 or FSP011 must be included.

FSP005 Foundation Accounting
FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP007 Foundation Marketing and Tourism
FSP008 Foundation Design
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP010 Foundation Mathematics with Calculus
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistics
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

 

80cp

Total Credit Points

 

Study plan

A candidate must successfully complete 8 units totalling 80 credit points over two semesters (4 units each semester) as detailed below.


Students commencing in Semester 1 2023

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
FSP001 Foundation English ACOFSP002 Foundation English BCO  
Specialist Elective 1SEFSP003 Foundation English CCO  
Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 4SE  
Specialist Elective 3SESpecialist Elective 5SE  

Specialist Electives - must include at least one Maths unit selected from FSP010 or FSP011.

Specialist Elective Availability

Semester 1 2023Semester 2 2023Summer Semester 2023/2024

FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

FSP005 Foundation Accounting
FSP007 Foundation Marketing and Tourism
FSP008 Foundation Design
FSP010 Foundation Mathematics and Calculus
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

Students commencing in Semester 2 2023

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
  FSP001 Foundation English ACOFSP002 Foundation English BCO
  Specialist Elective 1SEFSP003 Foundation English CCO
  Specialist Elective 2SESpecialist Elective 4SE
  Specialist Elective 3SESpecialist Elective 5SE

Specialist Electives - must include at least one Maths unit selected from FSP010 or FSP011.

Specialist Elective Availability

Semester 1 2023Semester 2 2023Summer Semester 2023/2024

FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

FSP005 Foundation Accounting
FSP007 Foundation Marketing and Tourism
FSP008 Foundation Design
FSP010 Foundation Mathematics and Calculus
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

Students commencing in Summer Semester 2023/24

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student who commence in summer semester 2023/2024 and enroll in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2Summer Semester 2023/24
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
    FSP001 Foundation English ACO
    Specialist Elective 1CO
    Specialist Elective 2SE
    Specialist Elective 3SE
Calendar Year 2 (2024)
FSP002 Foundation English BCO                                                              
FSP003 Foundation English CCO    
Specialist Elective 4SE    
Specialist Elective 5SE    

Specialist Electives - must include at least one Maths unit selected from FSP010 or FSP011.

Specialist Elective Availability

Semester 1 2023Semester 2 2023Summer Semester 2023/2024

FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

FSP005 Foundation Accounting
FSP007 Foundation Marketing and Tourism
FSP008 Foundation Design
FSP010 Foundation Mathematics and Calculus
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP006 Foundation Economics
FSP009 Foundation Media Studies
FSP011 Foundation Mathematics with Statistic
FSP012 Foundation Health Studies
FSP013 Foundation Chemistry
FSP014 Foundation Physics

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Year 11, Australian Secondary Schools.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 162, with no skill below 154.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B1.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 42 with no score lower than 36.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum score of 14 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University for delivery from 2020.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Faculty/College
CDU International College
Sector
HE
Area of study
Enabling Courses

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Waterfront Darwin
0101533

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