Study / Foundation Connect /
Through engaging lessons and study materials, students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will explore a wide range of stimulating and current topics; participate in discussions, conversations, and presentations; read a variety of adapted and authentic texts in English; and learn to write for different tasks, purposes, and audiences. Students will also expand their academic and thematic vocabulary, as well as learn instructional words commonly used in academic studies. A strong emphasis is made on teaching grammatical structures and encouraging students to develop skills and strategies for improving their shortcomings in this area of language learning.
There are two compulsory subjects (English and English for Mathematics) and two academic subjects per term. These academic subjects will be used to prepare students for their future academic studies and contextualise their academic English usage.
Foundation Connect will have a combination of internal assessments and exams with a minimum of 40% of the assessment weightings being exams.
There are four intakes per year
January and July will be available on campus and online, but April and October will only be available online.
Application Fee: $400*
Resource Fee: $400**
Exam Fee: $350
Medical & Travel insurance: $335***
*Note that when you progress onto the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies students will not need to pay this again
**Students who are studying online will receive a 50% discount on this fee.
***International students must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. The UP International College Southern Cross International student travel policy covers students for the duration of their student visa.
To enrol in Foundation Connect, students will need to meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements:
You must be at least 15 years old.
IELTS 4.5 (no band less than 4.0) or an accepted equivalent including the UP English Language Test:
It is important that students who join this programme can understand basic instructions and participate in class in English. Students entering this programme will be streamed into different class groups at the beginning of each term to ensure that students are in the most appropriate group for their language levels.
For all Academic Requirements please refer to the University of Auckland International College Entry Requirements insert.
Students who are starting with Foundation Connect will apply for their visa with Up International College. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Connect programme, students will receive a firm offer from the University of Auckland for the Standard-length Certificate in Foundation Studies course, for which visa will be issued under the University of Auckland.
Students also have the option of being offered a pathway visa covering all 3 courses:
If you are currently not in New Zealand, you do not need a visa to start your course online. You can still receive valuable learning as planned without delay, even though New Zealand’s border is currently closed.
To accept your conditional offer for the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies, students must meet the minimum progression grades:
In exceptional circumstances where a student exhibits outstanding work ethic and academic results, we may consider entrance into a fast-track programme. This decision is based on what is best academically for the student and will be at the discretion of the academic staff.
If a student needs to re-sit one or more subjects to meet the minimum progression grades this may be possible. As suitable extension study plan will be recommended on an individual basis by the academic team.
If a student fails a Foundation Connect course more than twice, they cannot be re-enrolled