25 years of Foundation Studies

This year marks a quarter of a century since Trinity College commenced its first Foundation Studies Program.

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After humble beginnings, the Trinity College Foundation Studies Program (TCFS) is now internationally acclaimed for providing the best bridging year for international students in Australia.

Based on Trinity’s philosophy that a true education develops the whole person by stimulating curiosity and openness to new learning and ideas, Foundation Studies provides the best bridging year for international students that you expect from a premier academic institution.

But twenty-five years ago, the College community would have been surprised to imagine a time when hundreds of pre-university level international students are welcomed to study on campus each year.

At the time, no one else in Australia was running anything comparable to what the program quickly became.

In the first intake of 1990 there were 56 students, miniscule by today’s figures.

From small beginnings, the program quickly became a success for the College.

More so, it has proved its worth for thousands of international students in developing a strong foundation for university studies.

Now providing one of the best Foundation Studies programs in Australia, Trinity College prepares more than 1,100 international students each year for success at the University of Melbourne and other leading Australian universities.


On Wednesday 14 October, TCFS will celebrate a quarter of a century since Trinity commenced its first Foundation Studies program.

All TCFS staff and students are invited to join in for a lunchtime celebration on the Bulpadock (from 11.30am) with music, dancing, food and good cheer!


Flickr album of photos – going right back to the early days

Follow us on the TCFS Facebook Page

Look for an extended account of the history of Foundation Studies in the March 2015 issue of Trinity Today.