Foundation programmes

Our foundation programmes have been specifically developed for international students and students whose first language is not English, to offer the best preparation for bachelors degree study.

Foundation programmes are taught on behalf of the University by the ACG Group and Taylors College (Auckland). Foundation study usually takes a year, although accelerated six month programmes are available to suitably qualified students. Foundation programmes are designed to develop skills in:

  • The style of study at university
  • Critical and independent thinking
  • Computer use and research
  • Essential subject knowledge. For example in accounting, calculus, chemistry, computer science, design, economics, English, geography, physics and statistics.

Students who successfully complete foundation studies will satisfy the minimum requirements for entry not only to The University of Auckland, but to all other New Zealand universities.

Visit the Academic Colleges Group website

Visit the Taylors College website

Entry to specific undergraduate degree programmes at The University of Auckland will depend on achieving:

  • A set academic mark
  • English language proficiency at a level equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 6.0 overall (with no single band below 5.5), and
  • Meeting any additional programme entry requirements for International Students, such as interviews, auditions or portfolios (current specific requirements by programme are detailed on the International Entry requirements page).

For further information on the requirements for admission into undergraduate degree programmes, see Entry requirements.

For more information, contact:

The Academic Colleges Group
ACG Queen Street Campus
345 Queen Street
Auckland 1141
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 307 5399
Fax: +64 9 377 7125

Taylors College (Auckland)
75 Karangahape Road
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 306 2600