Pathway options to ANU

If you are interested in pursuing a degree by coursework but If you are unable to meet the University's academic or English language requirements, other pathways into ANU may be available to you. Please note that applicants to degrees by research (PhDs and MPhils) are not eligible for the Diversity pathways.


Pathway options

ANU Global Diversity Scholarship pathway - NEW

As Australia's national university, ANU is a global representative of Australian research and education. That's why we deliberately recruit and maintain a diverse student body representative not only of Australia, but the world.

We now offer scholarships to citizens from regions of the world that are under-represented at ANU.

If you are an international applicant and a citizen of a country under-represented at ANU and undertake an ANU College (ANUC) program leading to an ANU coursework degree, you could be eligible for an ANU Global Diversity Scholarship worth up to A$50,000.

Discipline diversity pathway - NEW

If you are an international applicant and plan to study one of our selected coursework degree at ANU and you haven't met the University's English language requirements, you may qualify for an ANUC English language pathway to your degree program. Eligible programs have been selected to promote discipline diversity at ANU. 

To be assessed for the new ANU diversity pathways above, download and complete the application form, then scan and email a copy to

Pathways for partner, sponsored or scholarship students

International students applying to ANU from an institutional partner, or with a sponsorship or scholarship, may be eligible for a pathway offer. If you would like more information on what pathways are available to you, or how to apply, please email us for advice.

ANU College pathway programs

ANU College (ANUC) is the English language and academic pathway provider for ANU. ANUC programs support ANU pathways and are designed to help you successfully transition to undergraduate or postgraduate study at ANU.

Academic English Preparation*

Academic English Preparation (AEP) is a 10-week program focused on English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

AEP is designed to equip international students with skills and knowledge needed to live and work in Australia, and to successfully transition to other courses at ANUC.

To enrol in AEP, you must have an IELTS of 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in each band) or an overall TOEFL IBT of 40 with a minimum of 12 in writing. Once enrolled, you must achieve a score of 60 per cent or more to successfully complete AEP. No additional IELTS is required to progress to Foundation Studies or ANU Access.

ANU Access* 

ANU Access is a 10-week intensive program with a strong focus on academic English.

To enrol in ANU Access, you must have an overall IELTS of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) or an overall TOEFL IBT of 68 with a minimum of 18 in writing.

Once you successfully complete the program you can enter your degree at ANU.

ANU Diplomas* 

An ANU Diploma is a specialised pathway into an ANU Bachelor degree.

You can apply to study an ANU Diploma if you have:

  • completed high school, but didn't get the grades required for direct entry into an ANU Bachelor degree
  • completed ANUC Foundation Studies.

Each ANU Diploma is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to progress into the second year of its paired ANU Bachelor degree.

Foundation Studies* 

Foundation Studies is for students who have not studied an Australian Year 12 curriculum. It has been designed to give you the right academic preparation for the ANU Bachelor degree you want to study.

Compulsory courses include academic English, plus mathematics or research skills. You will receive about 20 hours of face-to-face class time per week.

Over 90 per cent of Foundation Studies graduates receive an offer or conditional offer for their chosen ANU Bachelor degree.

University Preparation Program* 

The University Preparation Program (UPP) is designed for domestic students who do not meet relevant minimum entry requirements to either an ANU Bachelor degree or a Diploma.

This pathway program can help you build a strong foundation in the core skills needed for academic success at ANU. To apply, visit the Universities Admissions Centre website.

The program is made up of three semester-long programs:

  1. ANU Achieve
  2. ANU Advanced
  3. ANU Activate

Once you successfully complete UPP, you will be eligible for entry into the ANU Diplomas.

* Terms and conditions apply