Foundation Studies New Zealand


New Zealand Foundation Programmes

Many New Zealand Universities and other Higher Education providers offer a course called a Foundation Programme. A Foundation Programme is a one year course designed for students who do not speak English as a first language.

A Foundation Programme is different to many English language courses. As most English language courses are short term, trying to fit as much information into a short time frame as possible these are usually run through private providers. Foundation Programmes are continuos courses that help students to learn everything they need to know to get them to a stage where they need to be.

These programmes teach students communication skills, as well as integrated reading, writting, listening and speaking. Foundation Programmes are available yearly to all international students.

Students who wish to go to University but do not want to go to secondary school because they may have already completed schooling in their home country and/or may consider themselves too old can qualify for University by taking a Foundation Studies course at one of the Universities who offer these courses.

Foundation Studies is a one year course and start dates may be in March, April, July and September depending on the University. The courses are scheduled to finish shortly before the beginning of the next University semester so successful students can proceed directly into their Bachelor degree studies.

Students need to satisfy English and academic requirements to gain entry to Foundation Studies.

English Requirement - IELTS (General) 5.0-5.5 or TOEFL of 490-530+
Academic Requirement - depending on country. Some examples are:
China – 70% average in Year 12
Hong Kong – D grade average in HK CEE
Indonesia – Grade 6.5 average in SM43
Thailand – Grade 2.5 average in Matayom 6

In Foundation Studies students will study compulsory and optional subjects and must achieve an acceptable grade average and IELTS (Academic) result to proceed to undergraduate studies. A pass in Foundation Studies can qualify a student for entry into any University in New Zealand.

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