The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies prepares international students for entry into the university's degree programmes.

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Successful completion of the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies to prescribed standards guarantees entry to an appropriate University of Auckland undergraduate degree.

The Certificate has also been approved for entry to a range of Australian universities, including the
Australian National University (ANU), the University of Adelaide, La Trobe University and Monash University.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies is taught by ACG New Zealand International College.

Academic Entry Requirements

Successful academic experience and qualifications at Year 12 (NZ) or Grade 12/11 (Asia), Senior High School 3rd/2nd year, or equivalent plus English proficiency as listed below.

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies
Fast-track  8/9 month (3 terms) IELTS 5.5 or equivalent NZ$24,720
Standard  1 year (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 or equivalent NZ$24,720
Extended  18 months (6 terms) IELTS 4.5 or equivalent NZ$37,080


Key Facts:

  • The University of Auckland Certifi cate in Foundation Studies offers guaranteed pathways to the University of Auckland
  • The Foundation Certifi cate is recognised by all New Zealand universities
  • The University of Auckland Certifi cate in Foundation Studies takes 8 to 18 months (three to six terms) to complete, depending on the student’s academic background and level of English
  • The curriculum includes core training in English and independent learning skills
  • Students select four or fi ve subjects plus English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Subjects available include:
    Accounting, Art History*, Economics, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Design, Geography*, Photography*, Painting*, Music*
  • A special course in Study and Information Skills prepares

*The above subjects and course commencement dates are subject to sufficient enrolments.

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and is situated in the heart of Auckland.  

The University of Auckland is ranked 82nd among the world’s top universities,*offering the opportunity to gain an internationally-recognised qualification through a leading research-led university. It is a QS Five Stars Plus institution, having achieved five stars in eight categories including Research, Employability, Teaching, Facilities, Internationalisation and Innovation.**

The University of Auckland teaches more than 30 undergraduate programmes across 125 different subjects. At postgraduate level, there are over 130 programmes and more than 170 subjects.

* QS World University Rankings 2015/2016
** QS Stars rating 2016



  • Arts (including Humanities, Social Sciences, Cultures, Languages and Linguistics)
  • Business School (including Accounting, Management, Marketing, Information Systems and International Business)
  • Creative Arts & Industries (including Architecture, Dance, Fine Arts, Music and Urban Planning)
  • Education (including Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teaching, Social Work and Human Services)
  • Engineering (including Biomedical, Civil and Environmental, Computer Systems, Electrical and Electronic, and Mechatronics)
  • Law (including Commercial, Environmental, International and Public)
  • Medical & Health Sciences (including Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Optometry)
  • Science (including Biological, Chemical, Computer, Earth, Environmental, Food, Marine, Sport and Exercise, and Psychology).



pdfACG International Student Prospectus 2017
pdfACG International Student Application Form 2017



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