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The University of Auckland International College

New Zealand
Overview

Overview

Partnered with the leading university in New Zealand, the University of Auckland International College has been delivering the Foundation programme for more than 20 years on behalf of the University of Auckland.

The International College specialises in preparing students for undergraduate study at the University of Auckland through its programme, the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies. Students who successfully complete the Foundation programme and meet course specific requirements are guaranteed entry into a University of Auckland undergraduate degree.

The Certificate in Foundation Studies provides a comprehensive framework of preparatory education, which includes a core module of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and an additional four modules that students can choose based on their intended undergraduate degree. The programme is delivered through a variety of live and flexible teaching methods, and distance learning options are available.

The International College's integrated approach to Foundation Studies means that the student's first step is as a University of Auckland student. Once enrolled in the Certificate in Foundation Studies, they can take advantage of benefits such as a packaged offer and visa, access to the University's facilities, and more.

For a smooth transition from Foundation to degree, there will be regular opportunities for students to get a glimpse of University life through campus tours. Staff, current students and alumni will be invited to share insights on the different faculties and degree options. A transition session will be conducted by the International College and the University, which provides guidance for accepting the degree offer, and a progression plan for continued success at University.

The University of Auckland International College has successfully guided over 10,000 international students into fulfilling their ambitions of studying a degree level course at a top New Zealand institution.

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What's new

What's new

Being a part of the University of Auckland from day one means that Foundation Studies students have access to the services and facilities of the University. There are more than 200 University clubs that students can join, ranging from international cultural groups to clubs for hiking and more. They also have access to the University facilities such as the library, accommodation and more. Read all the student benefits a student can enjoy once enrolled in the Foundation Studies programme here.

Recognizing the travel disruptions caused by Covid-19, the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies is offered both on-campus and online. In addition to digital platforms such as Blackboard and Microsoft Teams, the International College integrates a variety of interactive tools into the curriculum, to encourage student engagement with course content, and with their peers, in an increasingly online classroom environment. These platforms and tools ensure that students have the most effective and intuitive learning experience, whether they are based in New Zealand or their home country. Read how the International College delivers the Foundation programme online.

The University of Auckland International College looks forward to welcoming all students to study with them in their newly refurbished campus once travel restrictions are lifted. The purpose-built education facility, with elements of New Zealand culture incorporated, has been designed to provide a strong sense of place and inclusion for all learners.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Auckland International College is an extension of the University of Auckland, the largest and highest-ranked university in New Zealand. The University has an international reputation for excellence, and frequently places among the top 100 universities globally.

All teachers at the International College are trained and registered with the Teaching Council of New Zealand. They are highly qualified in each of their fields and have experience working with international students. Their expertise will help equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence for success at the University of Auckland.

A variety of online learning platforms are used to give students an intuitive and interactive education, with ample opportunity for live discussion, problem solving and content creation. Learn more on how the International College delivers its Foundation programme by visiting the website.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies course takes students between 6 to 12 months to complete, based on each student's academic background and level of English proficiency. Variable course lengths also allow students to fit their studies around any other priorities and their preferred undergraduate entry dates.

  • Accelerated - 6 months (2 terms)
  • Fast-track - 8/9 months (3 terms)
  • Standard - 12 months (4 terms)

View the intakes and fees for each programme option.

The International College provides a smooth and successful transition to degree level study at the University of Auckland. It employs an elective credit system with a core English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module, and four further electives which can be chosen in relevance to the student's intended degree at the University of Auckland. Visit the website for more on different degrees available under each faculty and the recommended or compulsory subjects for each.

Subjects include:

Core

  • English for Academic Purposes (required)

Electives (students can choose four)

  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Photography
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The Foundation Studies programme at the University of Auckland International College in New Zealand offers an alternative pathway to students who did not meet university entry requirements or those who wish to upskill in academic English prior to undergraduate study.

Through the programme, students prepare for university by studying the required subjects for their degree, improving their English language proficiency and developing their critical thinking skills.

The programme is offered in three different durations, since some students will require only an academic top-up, while others may require a longer study period to build comprehension and develop a stronger academic language skills base.

View the academic and English language entry requirements for the Certificate in Foundation Studies.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

From the first day on the Foundation Studies course, students are part of the University of Auckland. Being part of the University community gives a feeling of inclusion, and a wealth of resources which boosts confidence levels and increases the chances of successfully transitioning to degree level study.

The University of Auckland International College is all about preparation, and its graduates begin their undergraduate studies with a head start, and a familiarity with the city of Auckland which ensures a smooth transition to University life.

Graduates of the Certificate in Foundation Studies are awarded a completion certificate from the University of Auckland. 95 per cent of Foundation students who qualify for the University of Auckland, accept their offer of a place from the University. Read what students have to say about the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies.

Visit the website for more on preparation for undergraduate study at the University of Auckland International College.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are offered to high achieving students who enter the University's Foundation Studies programme and to students who complete the Foundation programme and enrol in undergraduate study at the University of Auckland.

High Achiever Awards of up to NZD5000 are available for students who apply for the Foundation Studies programme and are able to demonstrate exceptional academic performance in their previous studies.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation programme and enrolling in undergraduate study at the University, the University of Auckland awards the top two students of each semester with a NZD5000 scholarship on their first year tuition fees. Students should visit the university website to view all the scholarships on offer and for information on how to apply.

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