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Student benefits

As soon as you are enrolled in the Certificate in Foundation Studies course, you are a University of Auckland student. This means you can take advantage of:
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Once you have met conditions of entry, you will receive an unconditional offer letter for the Certificate in Foundation Studies and a conditional degree offer from the University of Auckland. Upon making payment, you can apply for a student visa under the University of Auckland. You will also have the option to apply for a pathway visa. This means that you have a single visa covering the entire duration of your Foundation course and degree.

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.

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As you will already be a University of Auckland student with a conditional degree offer, the progression from Foundation to degree will be much smoother. The Student Support team at the International College will assist you with any needs that you may have during the transition period. You will also be able to access the services of the University for support if needed.

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A University of Auckland student ID provides you with access to the University Library, student services, clubs and societies, campus facilities and University accommodation. You will also receive email newsletters to stay up to date with the latest news and events at the University. Your student ID will be dispatched within two weeks of your intake date. For any late starters, your student ID card will be sent to you within your first semester of study.

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Access to Libraries and Learning Services provides you with resources and workshops to improve your academic skills. You can benefit from the rich online collections, including databases, journals and electronic books. There are also many study spaces and computers with email, internet access, Microsoft Office and other software for you to use.

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The Student Support team at the International College is your first point of contact if you need any assistance. We place great emphasis on student welfare and ensure a high standard of care. Our caring and dedicated staff are experienced in looking after your study, personal and social needs.

You will also be able to access the University’s support services and facilities including health and counselling, support with visa applications and access to student accommodation.

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There are more than 200 University student clubs and societies, ranging from international cultural groups to clubs for hiking and more. Joining a club gives you an opportunity to make new friends with similar interests. You also get to take part in events and activities, on and off campus.
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You will have recreation membership which provides access to a wide range of facilities and services. You could get some friends together and sign up for one of the UNIM8S Social Sports Leagues or represent your faculty in one of 13 sports in the Interfaculty Sports Championship. Recreation membership also gives you access to a wide range of group fitness classes, weights and cardio equipment.
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If you are over 18, you will be able to live in University accommodation while studying your Foundation course, just like a degree level student.

If selecting University of Auckland accommodation, you will need to follow the process on the University website and apply in advance of the course start date. You must provide us with your room details during orientation.

If you are under 18, it is mandatory that you book your accommodation through the International College.

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What’s On is your guide to University student life. It covers all aspects of non-academic student life, including events, club notices, workshops and more. You will receive the e-newsletter each fortnight and it is a great way to stay in the loop.