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Foundation studies are normally offered by universities. The programme is aimed for international students and mature students who do not meet the university entrance requirement. The programme enables students to gain sufficient English language proficiency and academic skills. Upon completing the foundation studies, students will be awarded a certificate as a university entry qualification for undergraduate study, recognized by all New Zealand universities.

Generally, the programme is a one year course from February to November. Some universities however do offer mid-year (July) and summer (December) intakes. The program emphasizes in two major aspects, academic English preparation and specialized academic knowledge such as accounting, chemistry, mathematics etc. Some subjects are compulsory but students will still have to choose some optional subjects. Needless to say, the chosen subjects should be relevant to the degree that they wish to pursue.

Typical tuition fee is in the range of NZD$11,000 to NZD$14,000

Entry Requirement

The applicant should be 18 years old or above at the time of applying.

English Proficiency
Applicants are normally required to provide proof of English proficiency level. This is normally done by attempting a recognized English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum requirements for both tests are as follow:
  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 (with 5.0 or better in each band)
  • TOEFL 520
If you do not meet the above requirement, you are advised to attend English language school to gain better English proficiency to meet the requirement.

Academic Requirement
The following table depicts the typical academic requirement for applyying university foundation course.

Country of Education Qualification Minimum Standard
Australia Higher School Certificate Year 11 or equivalent
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate Grade C average
Brazil Certificundo Conclusao de 2 Gmu Grade 7 average
Brunei GCE O-Level Pass in 4 subjects
China Graduation from High School (year 12) 70% average
Fiji School Leaving Certificate Form 6 65% in 4 subjects
Hong Kong HKCE Grade D in 4 subjects
India All Indian Senior School Certificate Grade D in 5 subjects
Indonesia SMU 3 Grade 7 average
Japan General Upper Secondary School (year 3) Grade C average
Korea Senior High School (year 3) Grade C average
Malaysia SPM Grade 4 in 5 subjects
New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate Grade 4 in 5 subjects
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate Grade B average
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate Grade B average
Philippines Secondary School (year 4) Grade B average
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education (year 11) Grade 4 average
Singapore GCE O-Level Grade 4 in 5 subjects
Sri Langka GCE O-Level Credit grade in 5 subjects
Taiwan Senior High School (year 3) Grade B (70%) average
Thailand Matayom 6 Grade 2.5 average academic or Grade 3.0 vocational
UK GCSE or GCE O-level 2B and 2C grades or equivalent in 4 subjects
USA High School Graduation Diploma
Vietnam Completion of year 12 Grade 7 average

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