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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.

Who is this programme for?

Students who are currently studying at New Zealand secondary school Year 12 (NCEA Level 2), or

  • Grade 11/12 (Asia), or
  • Second/third year of senior high school, or equivalent

For students who do not meet the requirements above, there are Foundation Connect option and Pathways Link Programme option.

What you'll learn

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

Your teachers will work through materials with you and your classmates. 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 lessons – skills that are crucial to your success at University.

Outside of these 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 learn. 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. See page 14 for more details.
  • Achieve a minimum English (EAP) score of 65%
    (B- grade), or 50% (C- grade) in EAP with IELTS 6.0 overall and no bands 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:

  • Digital assessments
  • 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.