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ACG Pathways
The stepping stone to university

About us

As New Zealand’s largest provider of university foundation studies, our pathway programmes* provide an ideal transition to university study and an outstanding opportunity for speakers of other languages to study at an English-speaking university.

*University pathways programmes are delivered by NZQA and Ministry of Education registered providers

Our Programmes

Our exclusive pathways programmes

Move on to successful study at one of New Zealand’s leading universities with our university pathway courses. Successful completion will guarantee students entry into the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) or Victoria University of Wellington.

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The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies will guarantee you entry into your chosen undergraduate degree programme at The University of Auckland.

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AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies

The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is designed to meet the needs of international students, and prepare them for the challenges of an AUT degree programme.

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The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme

This Foundation Studies Programme prepares international students to study an undergraduate degree at Victoria University, providing the necessary language, academic subject matter and learning skills they will need to excel.

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University of Tasmania Foundation Studies Program

This Foundation Studies Program prepares international students for successful study before commencing an undergraduate degree at The University of Tasmania.

With a focus on intensive English, academic subjects and the learning skills needed for academic success at the University.

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A guaranteed pathway to university

Students who successfully complete one of our foundation programmes, and can meet the entry criteria for university study, will have a guaranteed pathway to an undergraduate degree.

  • Exclusive university partnerships

    We have exclusive partnerships with three of New Zealand’s leading universities: The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Victoria University of Wellington. Our specialised foundation study programmes combine academic learning in your chosen subject with English language development and independent study skills.

  • Specialised courses, personal care

    While you study the specialised University Entrance and English language courses required for university in New Zealand, you will receive a high level of personal care and support to make it easier to study far from home. This will give you an excellent foundation for future university study – or any other educational pathway.

  • Tailored programmes for individual learning

    Our programmes are tailored to meet student needs, with four intakes per year and learning periods of 6 to 18 months. You can study in Auckland or Wellington, and enrol in any one of our programmes:

    • The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies
    • The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies
    • The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme.
  • English studies

    Our specialist English schools – ACG English School and The Campbell Institute – will help you learn in an English-speaking academic environment, and give you the confidence to undertake your university studies. Our quality courses can be integrated with your foundation studies programme.

  • Support and studying abroad

    If you aren’t a New Zealand resident, ACG Pathways will help you get established by finding somewhere suitable for you to live, making your travel arrangements, and even helping you find part-time work. This means you can concentrate on your foundation studies.

    Our qualified tutors offer one-to-one attention and encouragement to help you progress in your course and reach your academic goals.

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  • Our Approach to Learning

    Setting you up for success

    ACG Pathways’ supportive, student-centred approach creates an environment where you can focus on your programme and achieve your academic goals. Completion of our programmes provides you with the University Entrance qualification for all English-speaking universities in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Our Approach to Learning

    Support to meet your goals

    Our programmes are designed to give you the skills, not just to enter university, but to succeed once you are there.  Our highly-qualified, experienced and caring teachers will work with you in a supportive learning environment, to stay on track and achieve your goals.

  • Our Approach to Learning

    Focus on digital literacy

    Learning is increasingly conducted digitally, with courses, study materials and even exams being accessed online. Digital literacy is a core part of our foundation studies, so you’ll be ready to learn in or out of the classroom.

  • Our Approach to Learning

    Personal learning and development

    Each of our students is unique. We tailor your programme to enable you to be as prepared as possible for tertiary study. That includes learning to manage yourself and developing a range of learning skills. If you speak another language, our English School can support your development of English to a tertiary, academic level.

    International Students

    Studying in New Zealand

    Students from all over the world participate in an internationally recognised education that helps them make a successful contribution to a diverse global community.

    Our People

    Our People

    A passion for excellence

    ACG Pathways is led by a team of managers with extensive educational and administrative backgrounds. They are united by a passion for excellence in learning and teaching, and a desire to give young people the very best preparation for their future.

    Most of our managers have worked internationally in both public and private sector education. They are family people, who understand the importance of providing the very best care for students, while also helping to develop greater independence in preparation for university life and beyond.


    Our teachers come from diverse backgrounds, and many have themselves experienced living in a new country and understanding cultures different to their own. Their key focus is on students and their needs – they understand that quality teaching is measured by how well a student is able to learn.

    Our teachers are tertiary-qualified in their chosen specialist subjects, and have extensive international and local teaching experience, in both the public and private sectors.

    Mark Haines
    Executive Principal, University Pathways

    Mark Haines

    Mark has been instrumental in building ACG into New Zealand's leading university pathways provider.

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    Student Stories

    Success Stories

    Read about ACG Pathways graduates who have successfully moved onto university and beyond.

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    Contact Us

    Get in contact

    Physical Address

    ACG Pathways Campus
    Address: 345 Queen Street,
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Postal Address

    PO Box 6199 Wellesley Street,
    1141, Auckland, New Zealand

    Phone Number

    International enquiries: +64 9 307 5399
    Support office enquiries: +64 9 306 0440

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