Your Auckland Foundation Year

Your pathway to New Zealand's top universities

The Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) helps bright international students get into three leading universities in New Zealand; The University of Auckland, AUT University and Massey University.

AFY improves your English language skills and provides a strong academic foundation for university study and beyond. On completion, you are guaranteed admission to a wide range of degree programmes, provided you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

Why Auckland Foundation Year?

A guaranteed university place

You are guaranteed admission to a range of degree programmes on successful completion of your AFY programme. 93% of students received an offer from a partner university in 2017.

Globally respected universities

Auckland Foundation Year is the gateway to three globally ranked universities at which you'll earn a respected degree, giving you unlimited choices for your future.

Outstanding progression rates

For the last four consecutive years, over 90% of our students received an offer from a partner university.

Discover our courses

Our courses are designed specifically for international students with different levels of English language competency. If you do not meet the entry requirements for AFY, take our Pre-Foundation or English Language Preparation courses first.

Choose a programme

The Auckland Foundation Year

The Auckland Foundation Year prepares you to enter one of our three partner universities in New Zealand.

We offer two different programme options - Standard and Intensive - so you can choose the right one for you, based on your academic grades and English language level. Both options offer guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree on successful completion of the course.

What will I study?

On both the Standard and Intensive Programmes you will study English language and four elective subjects. You will also develop important study skills and employability skills.

Elective subjects: Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Economics, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics.

Pre-Foundation Programme

You’ll study a range of subjects to prepare you for studying the Auckland Foundation Year.

The Pre-Foundation Programme is a 22-23 week programme, designed for students who do not meet the academic or English entry requirements for the Auckland Foundation Year.

On this course you will receive an introduction to the core subjects that you will be studying at foundation level. You will receive high quality academic tuition, as well as one-to-one support from your teachers, to ensure you are ready to begin the Auckland Foundation Year at the end of the programme.

English Language Preparation

Develop your English language skills to meet the entry requirements for the Auckland Foundation Year.

What will I study?

Core language skills

The English Language Preparation Programme focuses on four core English language skills:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

Key study skills

You will develop key study skills that boost your confidence and help you learn faster, including:

  • Exam techniques
  • Critical analysis
  • Note-taking
  • Text scanning

The Auckland Foundation Year


  • Programme length: 4 terms (40/38/35 weeks depending on intake date)
  • Age: 16+
  • Intakes: January, July and August


  • Programme length: 3 terms (31 weeks)
  • Age: 16+
  • Intakes: April and October

Pre-Foundation Programme

  • Programme length: 22 weeks (January), 23 weeks (July)
  • Age: 16+
  • Intakes: January and July

English Language Preparation

  • Programme length: 12 or 24 weeks
  • Age: 16+
  • Intakes: April, July or September

The Auckland Foundation Year


  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent
  • English language requirement: IELTS score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0, or approved equivalent.


  • Academic: Excellent high school graduation grades or equivalent
  • English language requirement: IELTS score of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0, or approved equivalent.

Pre-Foundation Programme

  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent
  • English language requirement:IELTS score of 4.5 (writing no less than 4.5) or approved equivalent.

English Language Preparation

  • English language requirement: IELTS minimum 4.0, with no band less than 3.5.

The Auckland Foundation Year

  • AFY Standard Programme $26,800
  • AFY Intensive Programme $26,800

Pre-Foundation Programme

  • $13,000

English Language Preparation

  • $6,108 (12 weeks/1 term)

Your campus

Located in Auckland city centre, our modern campus has everything to help you achieve your best. Our facilities include science laboratories, computer rooms, art studios and social areas.

Individual support

Our dynamic approach to learning includes personalised timetables and one-to-one tutorials. We are experts in supporting international students and preparing you for university.

Choose where to live

Live in a supportive homestay or in comfortable student residences. Students over the age of 18 also have the option of private rented housing. We’ll help you find the perfect place to live.

Discover New Zealand

New Zealand is an exciting place to live and learn. It has diverse and welcoming people, incredible scenery, and world-class leisure activities like camping, mountain biking and skiing.

Life in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most multicultural city, with green parks and beautiful beaches. Our campus is close to cinemas, shops, restaurants and everything else you need.

"Taylors College gave me the foundation of what I needed to know before I could move on to university. In Indonesia I didn't really get to pursue what I wanted; you have to do certain subjects. But in Taylors College I got to pick the subjects I really like and develop my skills, I wouldn’t be where I am now in architecture without the Taylors College art program."

Thomas from Indonesia

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