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FAQs

 

1. What is ACG?

2. Where are the ACG Schools located?

3. Where are the university foundation programmes delivered?

4. How many students study at ACG?

5. What courses does ACG offer?

6. Why would I take a University Foundation course?

7. How many starting dates are there each year?

8. What is the difference between The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies and The AUT University

Certificate in Foundation Studies?

9. When do I choose which University Foundation Course I'd like to take?

10. What is the difference between the University of Auckland Standard and Fast-track Entry requirements and course?

11. What qualification will I graduate with?

12. May I work while I study Foundation?

13. What are the unique features of the University of Auckland?

14. What are the unique features of AUT University?

15. What is the application process?

16. How long does it take to receive an offer letter?

17. I do not have an IELTS result, can I still apply?

18. Which are ACG’s partner schools?

19. How and when do I get my visa?

 

1. What is ACG?

ACG (Academic Colleges Group) is a leading independent provider of educational services. ACG consists of 7 schools in New Zealand as well as 2 international schools in Vietnam and Indonesia. 

In New Zealand, ACG Schools include:

ACG is authorized to deliver:

 

2. Where are the ACG Schools located?

The ACG Schools are situated in five different locations in Auckland.

  • ACG Parnell College and Primary School is located in Titoki Street and George Street, Parnell.
  • ACG Strathallan is situated 30 minutes from Auckland City, in a peaceful rural setting ideal for studying.
  • ACG Senior College is located in downtown Auckland in Lorne Street, close to both AUT University and the University of Auckland.
  • ACG Sunderland is located in west of Auckland, 15 minutes from Auckland City.
  • ACG English School, ACG New Zealand International College and ACG Norton College are located at the ACG City Campus, 345 Queen Street, Auckland.

 

3. Where are the university foundation programmes delivered?

The foundation programmes are delivered at the ACG City Campus, 345 Queen Street, Auckland.

 

4. How many students study at ACG?

Across the whole ACG Group, there are approximately 5,000 students from more than 40 different countries. In New Zealand, there are over 850 students who are studying towards their University Certificate in Foundation Studies at any given time.

 

5. What courses does ACG offer?

  •  University foundation programmes for the University of Auckland and AUT University. The foundation programmes are recognized for admissions to all New Zealand and some Australian universities
  •  New Zealand preschool, primary, middle and senior school programmes
    o All ACG colleges offer internationally‐recognized qualifications accepted throughout the world: The University of Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE, AS/A Levels and AICE. 
    o ACG Senior College commenced the delivery of a Pre‐IB programme in July 2013 and subject to approval will commence the 2‐year International Baccalaureate in July 2014.
    o ACG can now deliver students choices:
             January academic year – Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
             July academic year – International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • English language courses: Intensive Academic English and IELTS preparation.

 

6. Why would I take a university foundation course?

A university foundation course provides students with solid preparation and a focus on study skills which are required for success at a New Zealand university.

Foundation is equivalent to New Zealand Year 13 and necessary for all international students for admission to university:

  • if they have not completed high school in New Zealand; or
  • if they have not completed one year of tertiary study in their home country; or
  • if they have not met the academic entry requirements for undergraduate studies in New Zealand.

Students who have completed less than 12 years of schooling may be considered for entry to a foundation programme if they have a good academic record. Qualifying students could be offered a place in an Extended Pathway.

 

7. How many starting dates are there each year?

There are four starting dates per year for each foundation programme:


2014 Starting Dates

Thursday 23 January

Monday 5 May

Monday 28 July

Monday 13 October

2015 Starting Dates

Thursday 29 January

Monday 20 April

Monday 20 July

Monday 12 October

 

8. What is the difference between the University of Auckland Certificate of Foundation Studies and The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies?

Students looking to obtain a degree from a more traditional-style, research-based university would choose the University of Auckland, and students wanting to get a degree from a more progressive style university with strong industry links would select AUT University. To recommend the right university foundation programme, it is important that students have a clear idea of the type of degree they are interested in. 

 

The main differences between the two University Foundation programmes are highlighted below:

 

 

The University of Auckland
Certificate in Foundation Studies

The AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies

Focus of University

Academic excellence and preparing students for theoretical and research-based undergraduate studies. Well-known for its professional degrees, such as engineering, law, architecture and medicine. The Business School offers a number of majors.

Combines academic excellence with a focus on preparing students for working in industry. Applied degrees which often include practical work experience. Popular degrees include international hospitality management & tourism, communication studies, art & design, education and health science. AUT offers a total of 12 majors in business.

 

Pathways

Successful completion of the university foundation course guarantees students entrance to an appropriate University of Auckland undergraduate degree.

Successful completion of the university foundation course guarantees students entrance to an appropriate AUT University undergraduate degree

English Requirement

• Fast-track: 8/9 months (3 terms) IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
• Standard: 1 year (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
• Extended: 18 months (6 terms) IELTS 4.5 or equivalent

• Fast-track: 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 5.5/6.0 or equivalent
• Standard: 8/9 months (3 terms) IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
• Standard Plus: 1 year (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 or equivalent

Academic Requirement

Academic transcripts from senior high school 2nd or 3rd year showing pass grades or higher, or equivalent.  Applications may be considered from Year 11 students with excellent grades.  Grades may vary between countries

Academic transcripts from senior high school 2nd or 3rd year showing pass grades or higher, or equivalent.  Applications may be considered from Year 11 students with excellent grades.  Grades may vary between countries

Length of Time

The University of Auckland Foundation course takes 8-18 months to complete:

• Fast-track – 8/9 months (3 terms)

• Standard – 1 year (4 terms)

• Extended – 18 months (6 terms)

The AUT University Foundation course takes 6 to 12 months to complete:

• Fast-track: 6 months (2 terms)

• Standard: 8/9 months (3 terms)

• Standard Plus: 1 year (4 terms)

Course Content

Students will all study:

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • 4/5 subjects

  • IELTS preparation

  • Study & Information Skills

Subjects include: Accounting, Economics, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Design, Photography*, Painting*, Music* and Geography (*subject to sufficient enrolments

All students study English, Tertiary Study Skills and Culture and Society.

Optional subjects include:

Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design Studio, Drawing, Economics, Algebra, Calculus and Statistics. Please note that all subjects may not be available.

Requirements to earn a certificate

Students must achieve:

  • a pass of B in English for Academic Purposes or

  • provide an IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 to gain the certificate and pass 4 subjects

(NB: Only students entering the  University of Auckland degrees which require an English level of IELTS 6.5 or higher that must provide a qualifiying IELTS). Assessment is ongoing during the course with a final exam at the end of the course, with 80% weighting on the exam and 20% on internal assessments. Design is internally assessed. The final result is based on the graduation examination at the end of the course and an EAP result of B or a qualifying IELTS.

Students must score:

• 65% in English studies and

• a minimum of 200 out of 400 in four academic subjects and

• a minimum of 50% in Culture and Society and Tertiary Study Skills

Some degree pathways require higher results to gain entry into AUT. Assessment is ongoing during the course with a final test at the end of each trimester with 70% weighting on the exam and 30% on internal assessments. IELTS is required for Health Sciences and Education. Students may repeat the course with the permission of the Academic Registrar.

Hours in class

20-25 contact teaching hours per week

+ 20 hours per week of self-study recommended;

70 to 85 minute lessons.

20-25 contact teaching hours per week

+ 20 hours per week of self-study recommended;

85 minute lessons.

Start Dates

• Standard and Extended: Late January and July
 Fast-track: April and October

•  Fast-track: Late January and July

•  Standard, Standard Plus: Late January, May, July and October

Fees (2014)

• Fast-track: 8/9 months (3 terms) IELTS 5.5: NZ$22, 280
• Standard: 1 year (4 terms) IELTS 5.0: NZ$22,280
• Extended: 18 months (6 terms) IELTS 4.5: NZ$33,420
• Post-foundation: 6 months (2 terms): NZ$11,140

• Fast-track: 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 5.5/6.0: NZ$16,000
• Standard: 8/9 months (3 terms) IELTS 5.5: NZ$18,000
• Standard Plus: 1 year (4 terms) IELTS 5.0: NZ$24,000

Minimum Age

Recommended minimum age is 17 years old

Recommended minimum age is 17 years old

 

9. When do I choose which university foundation course I'd like to take?

  • First students need to have an idea of what degree they would like to study.  
  • After deciding this, we can recommend the university foundation course best suited to their needs. 
  • Students must choose a specific university foundation course upon making their application to ACG, as the programmes are taught separately. It is important to note that the AUT foundation course has 3 areas of focus. At Orientation students must select which area they would like to focus on. The focus areas are Business & Mathematics, Electronics & Engineering, and Science. Each of these focus areas prepare students for particular undergraduate degrees at AUT University.

 

10. What is the difference between the University of Auckland Standard and Fast-track entry requirements and course?

The differences are:
  • Students applying for the Fast-track entry must obtain a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. 
  • Fast-track entry students who have obtained IELTS 6.0 are exempt from the study of English for Academic Purposes in the Fast-track programme allowing them to focus on the academic modules.
  • The pace of the course is faster in Fast-track.  Students study a similar number of hours per subject in Fast-track but in only three quarters of the time.  This means students with just average academic grades would be recommended to apply for the Standard Entry. The Fast-track option covers the same one year of academic content of the Standard Entry in only three quarters of the time.
  • Year 11 applicants will not be accepted to Fast-track.

 

11. What qualification will I graduate with?

The course studied is the University’s own qualification, delivered by ACG, so students will graduate with The University’s Certificate in Foundation Studies. The course is equivalent to New Zealand Year 13.

 

12. May I work while I study Foundation?

Students on a student visa who have an IELTS 5 or greater are able to work for 20 hours per week during their study terms and full time during the December/January holidays, with parental permission. 

 

13. What are the unique features of the University of Auckland?

The University of Auckland was established in 1883 – one of the oldest in New Zealand. It is consistently ranked in the Top 100 of the ranked by QS World University Rankings and is the only New Zealand university to be a member of the prestigeous Universitas 21 group of top universities. It is a traditional research university, so ideal for students motivated to study in a rigorous academic environment. Around 40,000 students study here annually making it the largest university in New Zealand.

 

14. What are the unique features of AUT University?

AUT University is a cutting-edge University offering a wide range of both modern and traditional study options. The University is ideal for students who are focusing on work opportunities and practical work experience. With very small classes – average 20-25 per class compared to a traditional lecture theatre of 300 – students receive a lot of personalized attention. With close links to industry most degrees include either a period of practical work experience or a project based in industry. Most of these placements are unpaid. Around 60% of students get offered work opportunities on graduation, as a result of this work experience during their studies.

 

15. What is the application process?

Students need to supply the following:

  • A completed and signed ACG Application Form.
  • A copy of your most recent school reports (If you have studied national examinations, please include a copy of these results if available).
  • A copy of your passport and if you have been to New Zealand, a copy of your most recent visa.
  • Any documentation confirming that you have met the stated English language requirements.

Students need to select between the University of Auckland and AUT University foundation programme at this time.

If the student provides all the necessary documents and meets the academic requirements, the student will receive an offer of acceptance into the Foundation programme as well as a conditional offer of acceptance from the University.

 

16. How long does it take to receive an offer letter?

Within 24 hours when we have received a complete application.

 

17. I do not have an IELTS result, can I still apply?

Yes and we accept other international test results, such as TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge and the evidence of some national examinations. If you are already in New Zealand, you can sit the ACG English Language Test (ACGELT) and use this result instead of IELTS. Otherwise you can enroll in an English course at ACG English School or one of ACG partner schools* and use the English result achieved there instead of sitting IELTS.

 

18. Which are ACG’s partner schools?

  • AUT International House
  • Dynaspeak English
  • EF English First
  • English Language Academy - The University of Auckland
  • Kaplan Aspect
  • Languages International
  • Queens Academy
  • Worldwide School of English
  • Auckland Edinburgh and
  • Unique NZ
  • Others are added from time to time.

Others are added from time to time. Please apply with your school's English evidence for us to assess.

 

19. How and when do I get my visa?

When you receive a letter of offer, we will also supply a schedule of fees.
The fee schedule advises the amount in NZ Dollars and also a rate in either US Dollars or Euros and the details of our bank account in New Zealand.
For students in China we can also provide a fee schedule in RNB and the details of our Trust Account in ANZ China.
This means for students from China you only need to transfer funds to a Chinese bank account.
When your payment has been received, ACG will issue a receipt, a reconfirmation of the offer of place letter and an accommodation guarantee for the visa application. The accommodation guarantee is given when we receive the student's accommodation fees.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is responsible for issuing permits and visas to enter New Zealand. Students should contact the nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission to obtain information on visa regulations and an application form. Most information is also available on the Immigration New Zealand website:

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/


Please note that New Zealand has agreements with a number of countries which means that a student visa is not normally required for one single course of study or training of not more than three months. This means if you are from one of these countries and you have been accepted into a course that is less than 12‐weeks you can travel to New Zealand and obtain a visa on arrival.
Please do not travel to New Zealand for a longer period of study prior to obtaining a Student Visa – if you don't you may be turned back at the border.
Please also do not apply for a Working Holiday Visa and then expect to transfer to a Student Visa upon arrival in New Zealand – this may not be possible and you should check with Immigration New Zealand.
Students from certain countries, such as India, China, Vietnam, CIS Countries and Turkey, should not send fees until a Visa Approval in Principle has been obtained from Immigration New Zealand.