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Programme delivery

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. All teachers are trained and registered with the Teaching Council of New Zealand.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) is delivered by UP International College New Zealand Limited trading as University of Auckland International College on behalf of the University of Auckland.

All our subjects are delivered through a combination of live and flexible activities.

Your teachers will work through materials with you and your classmates (both onshore and offshore) during scheduled live lessons on Microsoft Teams. With the help of breakout rooms and other tools, your teachers will give you every opportunity to engage with your classmates and learn. You will practise your English skills in these live lessons – skills that are crucial to your success at University.

Outside of these live lessons, you will be given clear instructions to guide you through flexible learning activities. These activities involve a combination of digital tools and other resources to deepen your learning – whenever and wherever you want to. You will watch interactive videos, complete online quizzes, read digital texts and more. Your progress will be monitored and you will receive personalised feedback based on your understanding and performance.

Enrol in a Foundation Studies programme and receive:

  • An offer of place for the Foundation Studies programme
  • A conditional offer of place for an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Auckland

To enter a University of Auckland undergraduate programme:

  • Complete the Foundation Studies programme successfully
  • Score the required aggregate mark set by the faculty of your degree choice across four academic subjects in Foundation Studies 
  • Achieve a minimum English (EAP) score of 65% (B- grade), or 60% in English (EAP) with IELTS 6.0 overall and no band below 5.5 (or equivalent)

Assessment method

  • 50% final examinations + 50% internal assessment
  • Pass mark for elective courses is 50%

A number of courses are increasing the variety of their assessment methods to include one or more of the following:

  • Collaborative assessments
  • Research-based assessments
  • Practical assessments
    Assessments that include a presentation (e.g. face-to-face, video)
  • Assessments that give students choices
  • Assessments that are larger, spread over a longer time, and allow for drafting/checking in throughout


Orientation is a great way to start your study journey. During your orientation, you will be provided with a range of information of the support services we provide, living, studying, and working in New Zealand, your timetable and study materials, etc.

Please note that at Online Orientation, we strongly recommend a laptop with Windows system and installed with Google Chrome as the browser for the best user experience.