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University Of Auckland Certificate In Foundation Studies – Engineering

University Of Auckland Certificate In Foundation Studies – Engineering

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies programme is your first step towards studying a Bachelor or higher degree with us.

Our integrated approach to Foundation Studies means that your first step is as a University of Auckland student.

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

Be a student of University of Auckland from day 1!
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 70% (B grade), or 50% in English (EAP) with IELTS 6.5 overall and no band below 6.0 (or equivalent)



For a smooth transition to the University of Auckland, it is important to select the right subjects based on your intended undergraduate degree. Learn about the different degrees available under each faculty and the recommended or compulsory subjects for each.

Recommended subjects are those that are useful for degree preparation, but not required to gain entry. Compulsory subjects are those that are needed to gain entry to a degree.


The Faculty of Engineering/Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha provides internationally recognised qualifications to equip innovators and creative problem solvers with the tools required to build a better tomorrow. As New Zealand’s leading Engineering faculty*, we offer a wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across five departments.

Knowledge and Practice

  • Demonstrate and apply a breadth of knowledge across disciplines, as well as specialist knowledge within one or more of them, while recognising the relevancy of this knowledge within a global context.

Critical thinking

  • Analyse and critique theory and practice to develop well-reasoned arguments. 

Solution seeking

  • Identify and frame problems using analytical skills to create and evaluate innovative solutions.
  • Communication and engagement
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively in diverse business contexts using multiple formats.
  • Independence and integrity
  • Respond professionally and ethically, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought and learning.
  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Recognise the significance of the principal 

Interactive self-study
Complete the pre-learning tasks that are assigned on Blackboard and Microsoft Teams to prepare for your live lessons. 

Live Microsoft Teams video lessons (full class)
Your teachers will conduct classes in real time via Microsoft Teams and work through the assigned tasks together. 

Self-directed learning
Work on broader learning tasks such as reviewing recorded classes, making notes and undertaking additional reading.

Blackboard is our core platform for the University of Auckland International College’s online delivery. It is a versatile application that offers several tools including video, interactive quizzes and tests, student journals and discussion forums – all live and fully interactive with the teacher.


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

What will I learn?

Instructions will be in English.
Timetable includes approximately two hours of live lessons, two hours of homework, one hour of flexible learning activities and two hours of self-directed learning per week, per subject.

You will have ongoing support and interaction with your teachers using Microsoft Teams or email.

Homework – all assignments and information are provided privately and submitted securely via Blackboard or Microsoft Teams.

It’s not all study – expect guest appearances, some surprises and a bit of fun as well!

<p>Enrol in a Foundation Studies programme and receive:</p><br>
<li>An offer of place for the Foundation Studies programme</li>
<li>A conditional offer of place for an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Auckland</li>
<p>To enter a University of Auckland undergraduate programme:</p>
<li>Complete the Foundation Studies programme successfully</li>
<li>Score the required aggregate mark set by the faculty of your degree choice across four academic subjects in Foundation Studies</li>
<li>Achieve a minimum English (EAP) score of 70% (B grade), or 50% in English (EAP) with IELTS 6.5 overall and no band below 6.0 (or equivalent)</li>
<p>The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies takes 6 to 12 months (two to four terms) to complete, depending on your academic background and level of English.</p><br>
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<p>Entry requirement</p><br>

<p>Successful completion of Secondary School education - Year 11/ HSC/ Senior High school/ Bachillerato and so on.Requirements vary and are country specific.</p><br>

<p>Contact us for further details at ecert@edvantageinternational.com</p><br>

<p>English language requirements</p>
All students need to provide evidence of their English proficiency upon application.
<ul><li>If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of your English proficiency.</li>
<li>English is considered the first language of citizens of Canada, Ireland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.</li>
<li>If you are a domestic applicant and your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.</li></ul><br>
<th>Programme option</th>
<th>IELTS scores</th>

<td>6.0 and no band less than 5.5</td>
<td>5.5 and no band less than 5.0 (preferred overall score: 6.0)</td>
<td> 5.0 and no band less than 4.5


<p>Other accepted equivalents to IELTS are also accepted.</p><br>
<p>We also have The UP English Language Test (UPELT) has been developed to help provide prospective students with obtaining their English language scores prior to enrolment</p><br>
<p>Contact us for further details at ecert@edvantageinternational.com</p>

<p>Apply well before the semester starts</p>
<p>Applications will be processed up to the start of the semester depending on programme availability. We recommend applying as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing a place in your preferred programme.</p>
<b>Late applications –</b>
<p>if your application arrives after the dates above Your application will be processed if places are available in the programme.</p><br>
<p>If there are no available places, your application will automatically be processed for the following intake, and you will be advised accordingly.</p><br>
<p>Contact us at ecert@edvantageinternational.com for further information</p>

<ul><li>Full-time: 4 years</li>
<li>Part-time: Varies</li></ul>
480 points depending on duration of the course
<ul><li>Online and blended Learning</li>
<li>Pathway program</li></ul><br>
<p>A reliable Computer/ Laptop with microphone and webcam, Internet access preferably Broadband</p><br>

<p>Class hours</p>
<p>Scheduled Microsoft Teams classes are held from 12.30pm to 5.10pm, New Zealand Standard Time, from Monday to Friday. Actual period times with the teacher will vary depending on your timetable for the subjects you are studying.</p><br>

<p>You will be notified about your schedule when you begin your programme. Outside of scheduled classes, you will self-study using our range of tools – Blackboard, Education Perfect, Nearpod, Microsoft Teams etc.</p>
<p>The pricing below is only for enrolments in 2022.</p><br>
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<p>Foundation scholarship</p><br>
<p>High Achiever Award</p>
<p>These awards are competitively assessed and only awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance in their previous studies. Students will need to undergo an interview with our Regional Representative to have their eligibility assessed.</p><br>

<p>Awards of up to $5,000 are available and this will go towards the fees for the Foundation course.*</p><br>

<p>Undergraduate scholarship</p><br>
<p>University of Auckland Foundation Pathway High Achiever Award</p>
<p>The main purpose of the Award is to recognise high achievers from our Certificate in Foundation Studies course, who wish to enrol in undergraduate study at the University of Auckland.</p>

<p>Upon successful completion of the Foundation course, the University of Auckland awards the top 2 students of each semester with a Top Achievers Award, which is a $5000 scholarship on first year tuition fees.</p>

<p>If you are interested in applying, please enquire with us – contact us at ecert@edvantageinternational.com</p>

<p>*Note that it will take some time to credit the Award to your account, so please read the instructions carefully when you accept your offer.</p>

<p>Contact us at ecert@edvantageinternational.com for further information</p>
<p>Student benefits</p>
<p>As soon as you are enrolled in the Certificate in Foundation Studies course, you are a University of Auckland student. </p><br>

<p>This means you can take advantage of:</p><br>
<p>A packaged offer and Visa</p>
<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p><br>

<p>A smoother transition to your Bachelor degree</p>
<p>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.</p><br>

<p>A University of Auckland student ID </p>
<p>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. </p>

<p>For any late starters, your student ID card will be sent to you within your first semester of study</p>

University Library
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.

<p>Student Services</p>
<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p><br>

<p>Clubs and Societies</p>
<p>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.</p><br>

<p>Sport and Recreation </p>
<p>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</p><br>

<p>University Accommodation<p>
<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>If you are under 18, it is mandatory that you book your accommodation through the International College.</p><br>

<p>What’s On Newsletter</p>
<p>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.</p><br>
<p>95% of Foundation students who qualify for the University, accept their offer of place from the University of Auckland.</p><br>

<p>Bachelor Progression</p><br>
<p>Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)</p>
<ul><li>Duration: 4 years</li>
<li>Intake: Semester one and Semester two (Semester Two intake subject to availability)</li></ul><br>

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<p>Transition support</p>
<p>The University of Auckland offers a wide range of undergraduate courses for you to choose from for your packaged offer. Our Education Counsellor is available to offer their expertise if you want to learn more about your chosen undergraduate degree.</p><br>

<p>There will be regular opportunities for you to get a glimpse of University life through campus tours. You will also hear from staff, current students and alumni of the University so you get early insights into your faculty and degree options. You may even get a chance to take part in actual classes and visit faculty specific facilities such as the laboratories and design studios.</p><br>

<p>Towards the end of your Foundation course, there will be a transition session conducted by the International College and the University. The session will cover the next steps you should take to accept your degree offer and advice to stay on track with your progression plan to University</p><br>

<p>Once you successfully complete your Foundation course, you will be awarded with a completion certificate from the University. You will get to celebrate your graduation alongside family and friends at the University, where the next part of your study awaits.</p>
<p>EdVantage E-Cert brings you a plethora of opportunities and a selection of Foundation and Pathway courses progressing to higher courses Bachelor or Master degrees worldwide opening up various career opportunities for you! </p><br>
<p>We provide a One-Stop-Shop solution servicing all your needs from</p>
<ul><li>Admission application</li>
<li>Tuition fee payment, </li>
<li>Visa application (for your next On-campus course),and</li>
<li>Other destination services - insurance, forex, accommodation arrangement etc.</li></ul><br>

<p>through our parent company EdVantage International Consulting Limited. </p><br>

<p>Enjoy FREE or Discounted services when you book through EdVantage E-Cert!</p>
<p>Book your Foundation or Pathway course today on Edvantage E-cert.</p>

The University of Auckland International College

About Us

University of Auckland International College is a new endeavour and partnership offering between Up Education and University of Auckland strengthening their 30 year old partnership further!

UP Education

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.

The University of Auckland 

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.

Why study with us

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 Certificate in Foundation Studies is delivered by UP Education on behalf of the University of Auckland under the brand name University of Auckland International College.

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.

Why our online delivery works well

No need to waste a moment! 

Our online delivery provides a full and enjoyable learning experience. Make the most of your time at home to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for University and your future.

Wherever you are, we are here to support and set you up for success. With our rich online learning environment, you will get access to all the expertise, guidance, tools and resources you need.


You will still be able to communicate with your teachers, collaborate with other students and participate in class activities.

Live sessions

Live Microsoft Teams classes and interactions with teachers – learn in real time with your class of fellow students, both onshore and offshore.

Modern, digital learning environment

Fully guided as if you were in a classroom rather than left alone. Resources, conversations, collaboration and more are available from anywhere at any time.

Qualified teachers

Extensive experience in helping international students prepare for university.


Receive guidance and set expectations to ensure you stay on track.

Online teaching and learning

Delivered through proven purpose-designed platforms like Microsoft Teams, Blackboard, Education Perfect and Nearpod.

Accreditation / Recognition


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