Foundation Studies

The Flinders Foundation Studies Program is a preparation program that enables people from all backgrounds to begin their university studies at Flinders. The program equips students with the skills to be a successful university student and also introduces them to some of the major fields of study available at Flinders University.

Why study Flinders Foundation Studies?

There is no cost to the Foundation Studies program.

You will become eligible to apply for most of Flinders undergraduate courses if you:

  • complete all four topics as outlined in the program
  • attend at least 75% of the classes in which you have enrolled in for each topic.

In the final part of the program details will be provided on how to begin your university studies.

How to apply

There are two admissions per year; semester 1 (March) and semester 2 (July).

Applications for semester 1 2017 entry are now open, and will close Monday 20th February:




Guaranteed entry to Flinders University

If you successfully complete the Foundation Studies Program Flinders University will guarantee your entry to these undergraduate degrees:

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Studies Program you are eligible to apply for other courses, however, selection is competitive so it pays to work hard and achieve the best results you can.

Apply for the above guaranteed entry courses via internal transfer.

* this course is not available for application via internal transfer. Applications must be submitted via SATAC (South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre) to be considered for entry.

What will you study?

You will study these topics:

  • Introduction to University Study through Academic Writing
  • Developing the Skills of Academic Literacy
  • Developing the Skills of Academic Numeracy
  • Flinders University: An Introduction to Different Areas of Study.

When you can study?

We offer Foundation Studies in both semester 1 (March entry) and semester 2 (July entry). Applications open a few months prior for both intakes and the program runs for one semester

Alternatively, in Semester 1, there is an additional option of undertaking Foundation Studies entirely on campus at Flinders University (evening classes). This is suited to those with day-time commitments and will run for seven months, allowing you to begin your university degree in Semester 1 the following year.

Where will you study?

The Foundation Studies Program is available to study in Adelaide and regional South Australia with our partner TAFE SA. The program is also available to study on campus at Bedford Park (evening classes).

Who is eligible to apply?

This program is for Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who have not previously studied at university and do not hold a TAFE/VET Advanced Diploma.

This program is not available to students enrolled in Year 12 studies (South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent) or to those who were eligible to be enrolled in Year 12 studies in the year they wish to commence this program.

How to enrol after you’ve received an offer

Offers are expected to be made from early December 2016 for semester 1 2017 start.

Important enrolment information will be provided in your letter of offer for a place in the course if you have been successful in your application. As a new student you might find the Flinders Foundation Studies Student Checklist useful as you start your Flinders journey. Useful support resources including demonstration videos to help and support you during your studies are available at MyFlinders.