Programme delivered by Taylors College

Foundation Studies Certificate

Your pathway to the University of Auckland, the top-ranked university in New Zealand.

Your pathway to the University of Auckland

Taught at Taylors College in Auckland from January, 2020, the Foundation Studies Certificate is a comprehensive university preparation programme tailored to international students looking to progress to the University of Auckland.

By studying the University of Auckland’s Foundation Studies Certificate, you will gain the academic and English language skills you need for degree-level study at the University of Auckland. You can choose to study two different programme lengths, standard and intensive, depending on your academic grades and English language level.

The Foundation Studies Certificate is your first step towards joining the number 1 university in New Zealand.

(QS World University Rankings 2020)

Why choose the Foundation Studies Certificate?

Your pathway to a top 100 university

Taylors College, in the heart of Auckland, provides direct progression to your chosen degree at the University of Auckland after successful completion of the Foundation Studies Certificate. You will be part of the University of Auckland from the day you arrive, and have access to the University's facilities, clubs and societies.

Why study at the University of Auckland

  • Ranked 83 in the world and number 1 in NZ in QS 2020.
  • Ranked number 1 in the global inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019.
  • Ranked in the top 100 in the world for 33 subjects, and in the top 50 for 13 subjects.*
  • Placed 59 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019 and ranked number 1 for graduate employability in New Zealand.*
  • Most innovative university in New Zealand according to the Reuters top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities Rankings 2018.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Key facts

  • Standard Length: 4 terms (46/47/42 weeks depending on intake date)
    English Entry Requirements: overall IELTS score of 5.0 or approved equivalent.

  • Intensive Length: 3 terms (33/35 weeks)
    English Entry Requirements: overall IELTS score of 5.5 or approved equivalent.
Intake Length Orientation Start dates
January Standard 46 weeks 17/01/2020 20/01/2020
April Intensive 33 weeks 17/04/2020 20/04/2020
July Standard 47 weeks 10/07/2020 13/07/2020
August Standard 42 weeks 14/08/2020 17/08/2020
October Intensive 35 weeks 2/10/2020 5/10/2020
  • All intake dates: 27,800 NZ$

Why study in Auckland, New Zealand?

3rd best city in the world to live in

(Mercer Quality of Living survey 2019)

4th most cosmopolitan city in the world

(International Organisation for Migration's World Migration Report 2015)

More than 200 nationalities in Auckland – the most ethnically diverse city in New Zealand

28 beaches, 800 parks and reserves

Your Campus

You will be taught at Taylors College Auckland which provides state-of-the-art learning facilities and a high quality learning experience.

  • Art and design studio
  • Computer laboratories
  • Science laboratories
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Library
  • Common room with a piano
  • Pool table
  • Health centre
  • Wi-Fi Internet access, and more.

Take the next step

You can apply to the Foundation Studies Certificate directly or through your local agent. For more information about the programme, contact

The Foundation Studies Certificate programme will be delivered by Study Group NZ Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Auckland.

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