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Foundation Programme

Entry requirements

You must be at least 17 years old when you enrol (applications may be made while you are 16).

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1 years full-time

Fees for 2016

Fees are subject to change annually.

Tuition fees for South African citizens and international students for one year Foundation Programme are R56,000.

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First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)


  • On-campus at South Africa: full-time

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Why study the Foundation Programme?

If you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the bachelor degree you'd like to study, the Monash South Africa (MSA) Foundation Programme can get you there provided course requirements are met. This one-year programme, offered only by MSA, provides a pathway between your highest educational qualification and the MSA entry requirements. What's more, it really works - 60 per cent of the MSA students who graduated in 2012 gained access to their undergraduate degrees by completing the Foundation Programme.

Course details

The Foundation Programme is split into four study streams which directly relate to the undergraduate degrees we offer. You can choose from Social Science, Business and Economics, Information Technology and Health Sciences.

You have two to three semesters in which to complete the Foundation Programme and all the requirements of the programme must be met within this time. Students who meet all the requirements graduate with a Foundation Programme, registered on Level 5 of the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

Completing the Foundation Programme does not guarantee entry into a course leading to a degree. Prospective students must also meet the requirements for the intended degree to be considered for admission into degree programmes. These entry requirements can be accessed at

Support for success


There are a number of guidelines which apply to students enrolled in the Foundation Programme - they're designed to make studying easier for you by outlining everything you need to know before and during your time in the programme.

Tutoring, Mentoring and individual tracking of student progress

The Foundation Programme has a well-developed tutor and mentor programme. Previous top performing Foundation Programme students are comprehensively trained to offer ongoing academic and social support to current students.

All Foundation Programme students are tracked by staff members from the beginning of each semester in terms of attendance and academic progress. Tracking allows for early, positive and unique interventions that are tailored to suit the needs of individual students.

Our staff

Lecturers and tutors of the Foundation Programme come from South Africa and all over the world to bring you the best combination of local and global knowledge to help you succeed in your study. Meet our staff.

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