Foundation Year

Arrangements during Covid-19 Crisis

Dated 30 Oct 2020

From 20 July 2020, IES is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus and resuming face-to-face teaching and social activities within Government safety guidelines.

Please note, IES will not be offering the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation for STEM High Achievers Program in 2020. This program will be offered again in September 2021.

IES COVID-19 Offshore Online Study Tuition Fee Rebate

In line with UQ's recent announcement of their Offshore Online Study Tuition Fee Rebate initiative, IES will also be taking the following steps to support our students:

12.5% IES COVID-19 Offshore Online Study Tuition Fee Rebate
If students are currently overseas and prevented from travelling to Australia due to the Australian Government border controls and will be commencing study with IES online in our August, October or November 2021 cohorts from their home country, they may be eligible for a IES COVID-19 Offshore Online Study Tuition Fee Rebate.

Students will need to be a full-fee paying international student enrolled with IES. The rebate will provide a 12.5% reduction of their tuition fees. Please note, this fee reduction cannot be combined with any other scholarship.

$2000 Contribution towards two-week Quarantine costs and other Assistance Services
If students are currently overseas, IES will provide services and arrange accommodation up to the value of $2000 when they are able to travel to Australia to continue their studies but are subject to 2 weeks supervised quarantine. This will include:

Upcoming Intakes

Note: Students onshore are expected to attend the scheduled face-to-face classes.

January Extended 2021 - Online OR Face to face

Jan 2021

February Standard 2021 - Online OR Face to face

Four students

May Express 2021 Online

Four students

June Extended 2021 - Online OR Face to face

Four students

August Standard 2021 - Online OR Face to face

Four students

October Express 2021 Online

Four students

Current Intakes

August Standard 2020 - 6 October Commencement

Four students

Semester 1 - Tuesday 6 October 2020 to Friday 12 February 2021
*Christmas/New Year break from 25 December 2020 until 3 January 2021. Classes will recommence Monday 4 January 2021.

Semester 2 - Monday 15 February to 18 June 2021
*Note that there will not be a break between semester 1 & semester 2

October Express - 9 November 2020 Commencement

Four students

October Express will commence on the 9th of November 2020. Applications are now open until October 2020.

Please also note:
May Express 2020 will run 18/05/2020 to 4/12/ 2020
EPP10 will run 6/10/2020 to 11/12/2020
EPP20 will run 18/01/2021 to 26/03/2021
EPP10 will run 05/04/2021 to 11/06/2021

Flexible Online and Face to Face Delivery of Programs

Students have the flexibility of making an online commencement and transitioning across to face to face classes once available.


A limited number of Scholarships for Outstanding IESFY Students is available for each of the 2021 IESFY intakes. Successful IESFY applicants with superior English proficiency and academic grades may be entitled to a semester two fee reduction of 25 per cent. To be considered for a 2021 Outstanding IESFY Scholarship, students must:

Application Process:

  1. Students fill out the IESFY Scholarship for Outstanding Students 2021 Application Form by the due date, prior to commencement of their IESFY studies.
  2. Students provide this completed application form to their Approved IES Education Agent/Representative.
  3. The Agent Representative will submit the completed Scholarship Application Form as a component of the Student's application to IESFY.
  4. Upon 'Confirmation of Enrolment' into IESFY, the Student will be notified via their Agent as to whether the Scholarship has been approved and awarded.
  5. The scholarship will be conditional upon the students' successful progression into Semester Two of their IESFY studies.
  6. The awarded scholarship will therefore represent a 25% reduction in the students' semester two tuition fees.

All scholarship decisions are at the Director's discretion and cannot be used in combination with any other fee reduction arrangement.
For enquiries or further support, please contact:

Applications for each intake are due by the following dates:

Reminder: IES Online English Language Placement Test Now Available

Due to difficulty in accessing IELTS, TOEFL or PTE tests, IES can now provide to enrolled IES Foundation Year students, if required, with a free online English language proficiency placement test -> Click here

Following commencement to IES Foundation Year, students enrolled via the online placement test will still be required to sit a formal English test. IES will give priority to IESFY students to sit a PTE Academic test, free of charge, at the IES Pearson test centre.

Please note, students sitting for the IES placement test must set up their own account; this cannot be done by an Agent representative.

Students and Agents can contact the enrolment office for more information about the test:​​​