Foundation Programs and ELICOS

TEQSA has regulatory responsibility for all Foundation Programs, with the exception of those delivered by schools. Foundation Programs for international students are nationally recognised courses that equip these students with the skills to seek entry into higher education programs in Australia. They provide an academic entry pathway to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.

In addition to the ESOS Act and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007, Foundation Programs must also comply with the National Standards for Foundation Programs.  

TEQSA also has regulatory responsibility for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) delivered by a registered higher education provider or by a provider that has an entry arrangement with at least one registered higher education provider.

In addition to the ESOS Act and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007, ELICOS courses must also comply with the ELICOS National Standards

Application for Exemption to Enrol Students Under 17 Years of Age in a Foundation Program

Providers wishing to apply for an exemption to enrol students at a minimum age of 16 years in a Foundation Program must submit an application to TEQSA that details the arrangements that are in place to support younger students. The application should fully meet the requirements of TEQSA, and be submitted through the Portal. No fees apply for seeking an exemption. 

Please contact your case manager for access to this application form.