Certificate in Foundation Studies

Pathway program that transitions international students into an undergraduate degree programme of choice at New Zealand’s top university.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies transitions international students into an undergraduate degree programme of choice at New Zealand’s top university.

Your steps to an undergraduate degree programme:

  • Relearn the content subjects you need for your degree programme, in English
  • Upskill in Academic English
    • Understand lectures clearly
    • Write stronger essays
    • Read written content more effectively
    • Take useful notes
    • Improve pronunciation and confidence when speaking/presenting
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Learn independent study skills

University Pathways

Students who successfully complete the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies to prescribed standards are guaranteed entry into an appropriate University of Auckland undergraduate degree.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies is accredited by Universities New Zealand and is recognised for entry to all New Zealand universities.

Two offers of place from the start
Students who enrol in the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies receive two offers of place: a letter of offer for the Foundation Studies programme, and a conditional offer of admission for the University of Auckland. A confirmed offer of admission is issued once you meet the standards required for the degree programme, as well as other entry requirements.

Academic excellence – the key to success
UP International College recruits top specialists in each field of study for best possible results. Programmes are tailored to individual student needs and abilities, and classes are delivered by dedicated professional educators. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials and self-study periods. Each student is assigned a tutor for counselling, support and guidance.

The top student completing the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies each semester receives a NZ$5,000 scholarship towards tuition fees in the first year of their undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland.

Intakes and Fees

Applying for a programme is simple. Applications can be made in person at our UP International College city campus, online, or by completing a printout of the application form and emailing or posting it to us.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies takes 6 to 18 months (two to six terms) to complete, depending on the student’s academic background and level of English.

Start Dates
These start dates include Orientation, which students must attend.

Other fees
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15 percent is inclusive where applicable.

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course-related fees. The levy is currently set at 0.50% of compulsory tuition fees for UP International College New Zealand.

Entry to University

Your steps to an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Auckland

Two offers of place from the start

Enrol in a Foundation Studies programme and receive:

  1. An offer of place for the Foundation Studies programme
  2. A conditional offer of place for an undergraduate degree course at the University of Auckland (successfully complete the Foundation Studies programme and receive a confirmed offer)

To enter a University of Auckland undergraduate degree programme:

  • Score more than 50% in a minimum of four academic subjects in Foundation Studies
  • Achieve a B grade or higher in English for Academic Purposes (or IELTS Level 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands)


Subjects required for the Foundation Studies Standard (12-month) programme

Location & Facilities

The University of Auckland Certificate of Foundation Studies is delivered at UP International College at 345 Queen Street in Auckland Central.

From the UP International College campus it’s just a short stroll to popular spots like Albert Park, the museum, Aotea Centre and the Town Hall. Lunchtime concerts in Aotea Square, street parades and access to New Zealand’s leading art galleries means there is always something new and exciting for students to see.

The campus is equipped with excellent facilities, including modern air-conditioned classrooms, specialist subject and computer rooms, and a student information centre, and all students have access to free Wi-Fi.


Once we have received your application, we may ask for more information or documentation. When we have everything we need we send you a letter of offer and schedule of fees. Once you accept your offer and pay the fees, we issue you with a receipt and send a confirmation letter.
Once you receive your confirmation letter, you can apply for a visa and arrange insurance. Let us know your arrival details so we can welcome you at the airport and arrange an airport transfer, if required. We can also organise your accommodation, if needed.
AUD 19000<br>
USD 13700

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Founded in 1883, Auckland is the country’s largest university with over 40,000 students, nearly 10,000 of whom graduate annually.

The University of Auckland has retained a place in the top ten of the international Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2021.

The University of Auckland conducts teaching and learning within eight faculties, two large-scale research institutes, and other institutes and centres.

The University offers more than 140 innovative programmes, with more than 25 at undergraduate level. Our foundation programmes offer solid preparation for bachelors degree study to international students.

UP Education partners with the university to deliver a range of bridging programmes to enable international students to pathway from their home country into an undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.


A pathway to university and a strong future At UP Education we open the door to an English-language university education.

Our difference lies in the way we combine specialised university entrance programmes and English language courses with personalised care and support for students studying away from home and family.

Pathways to success

We help students find pathways to success by getting them into the right courses and institutes to achieve their goals.

Our New Zealand-based Foundation Studies programmes prepare students for degree-level study. We offer:

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies

AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme

We now also offer bridging programmes in Australia through our partnership with the University of Tasmania.

So that our New Zealand students have the right level of English language proficiency to complete Foundation Studies, we offer English language tuition at our Auckland-based English School, and The Campbell Institute, based in Wellington and Auckland.

A student-focused approach

Our student-focused approach to education prepares learners for success at English-language university. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, and are provided with the latest mobile technology to help them navigate the digital world.

Teachers of the highest quality

Our caring, experienced teachers take part in ongoing professional development to stay up to date with the latest innovations in learning and technology. We also have an independent appraisal system for staff that keeps teachers at the top of their field, and ensures the best outcomes for our students.

Strict academic standards

We teach Foundation Studies programmes on behalf of our partner universities, so our courses are set at an approved standard so that students can be successful at university.

While our focus is on seeing our students continue on to our university partners in either New Zealand or Australia, our qualifications help students gain entry into tertiary institutions all over the world.

Well-rounded students

Students come to UP Education to be academically successful but they will also learn about other cultures, including the culture of New Zealand and Australia. Subjects like Geography, History and Culture and Society help students explore local culture beyond the classroom.

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