Certificate in
Foundation Studies

The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies prepares students for entry into AUT undergraduate degree programmes.

AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies


The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies helps international students transition to an AUT undergraduate degree of choice. The certificate programme is taught by UP International College in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, close to public transport and a wide range of accommodation.

New Zealand’s fastest growing university, AUT is home to 30,000+ students, including 6000+ international students from over 107 countries. 

AUT has a reputation for strong industry links and high graduate employment rate.


University Pathways

Students who achieve required grades in the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies are guaranteed entry into an appropriate AUT undergraduate degree. The programme is also approved for entry into all other New Zealand universities and selected Australian universities.

Two offers of place from the start

Students who enrol in the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies receive two offers of place: a letter of offer for the Foundation Studies course and a conditional letter of offer for an undergraduate degree at AUT. Once students successfully complete their certificate and meet other admission requirements, AUT sends a confirmed offer of place.

Academic excellence – the key to success

UP Education recruits top specialists in each field of study so you can achieve the best possible results. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials and self-study periods, with laboratory and practical classes for some subjects. Expect 20–29 hours of contact teaching each week, with another 20 hours a week in self-study. Each student is assigned a tutor to be on hand to help with any issues. AUT staff also meet with students to discuss degree options and answer questions.


UP International College facilities include well equipped air-conditioned classrooms and computer laboratories and all students have access to the University library, learning centre and sports facilities.

Intakes and Fees

Applying for the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is simple. Applications can be made in person at our UP International College Auckland campus, online, or by filling out a hard copy application form and emailing or posting it to us.

The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies takes 6 to 18 months (two to six terms) to complete, depending on the student’s academic background and level of English. 


The pricing below is only for enrolments in 2021. Fees for 2022 enrolments will be published in due course. 

Course Duration English Level Tuition Fee Resources Fees*
Fast Track 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD18,750 NZD800
Standard 8/9 months (3terms) IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD21,750 NZD800
Standard Plus 12 months (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD29,000 NZD800
Foundation Connect 18 months (6 terms) IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD42,750 NZD1200

*Covers all standard learning resources, including textbooks (paper-based and online), exercise books and access to Blackboard Learning Management System learning resources (past exams and assessments).

Start Dates

These start dates include Orientation, which students must attend.

CourseDurationEnglish LevelTuition FeeResources Fees*
Fast Track6 months (2 terms)IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalentNZD18,750NZD800
Standard8/9 months (3terms)IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalentNZD21,750NZD800
Standard Plus12 months (4 terms)IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) or agreed equivalentNZD29,000NZD800
Foundation Connect18 months (6 terms)IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalentNZD42,750NZD1200
Fast Track24 January, 20 April,
11 July, 3 October
Standard24 January, 20 April,
11 July, 3 October
Standard Plus24 January, 20 April,
11 July, 3 October
Foundation Connect24 January, 20 April,
11 July, 3 October
Fast Track
Duration 6 months (2 terms)
English Level IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Tuition Fee NZD18,000
Resource Fee* NZD800
Duration 8/9 months (3 terms)
English Level IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Tuition Fee NZD21,000
Resource Fee* NZD800
Standard Plus
Duration 12 months (4 terms)
English Level IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Tuition Fee NZD28,000
Resource Fee* NZD800


Foundation Connect
Duration18 months (6 terms)
English LevelIELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Tuition FeeNZD42,750
Resource Fee*NZD1,200

*Covers all standard learning resources, including textbooks (paper-based and online), exercise books and access to Blackboard Learning Management System learning resources (past exams and assessments).

Other fees

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15 percent is inclusive where applicable.

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course-related fees. The levy is currently set at 0.50% of compulsory tuition fees for UP International College New Zealand.

Additional Fees
Registration Fee NZD400
Medical and Travel Insurance** NZD633
Foundation Studies examination fees NZD350
Examination resit fee NZD50
IELTS examination fee (for degrees requiring IELTS) NZD385
New Zealand Government Education Export Levy 0.50% of tuition fees

**International students must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. The UP International College Southern Cross International student travel policy covers students for the duration of their student visa

English I 50% tests/assignments
English II 50% tests/assignments and 50% final exam
Culture and Society 100% tests/assignments (no final exam)
Tertiary Study Skills 100% tests/assignments (no final exam)
Academic Subjects 30% tests/assignments and 70% final exam
Statistics 50% tests/assignments and 50% final exam


In this subject, students will:

  • Engage in academic discussions and improve their presentation skills
  • Develop language and research skills that are necessary for writing academic essays
  • Practise a range of strategies for reading and understanding complex academic texts
  • Develop summary and paraphrasing skills
  • Use citations and references in the APA Style
  • Practise critical thinking and independent study skills that are essential for successful university studies
  • Learn to take effective notes using a range of strategies and techniques
  • Undertake independent research
Topics include:
  • Independent Study Skills
  • Identifying Personal Skills
  • Intelligence and Memory
  • The CREAM Strategy of Learning
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Critical, Analytical Skills
  • Collaborative Skills
  • E-Learning

Topics include:

  • Geographical features of New Zealand
  • New Zealand social customs
  • Consumer issues in New Zealand
  • Education
  • New Zealand politics
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Major historical events
  • Conservation in New Zealand
  • The New Zealand legal system
  • Employment in New Zealand

Topics include:

  • Users of accounting information
  • Forms of business ownership
  • Features of a sole proprietor
  • Financial reports for a sole proprietor business
  • Accounting concepts
  • The accounting equation
  • Processing transactions for a sole proprietor including journals, ledgers and the trial balance
  • Balance day adjustments
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial reports for a sole proprietor

Topics include:

  • Scarcity and allocation
  • Consumer demand
  • Producer supply
  • Market equilibrium
  • Market situations

Topics include:

  • Circular flow of income
  • Money and credit market
  • Government budget and money supply
  • Foreign exchange market
  • Government monetary and fiscal policy

Topics include:

  • Algebra functions
  • Trigonometry conics
  • Geometry
Topics include:
  • Research and Drawing
  • Image Making
  • Typography
  • Posters
  • Individual Project
Topics include:
  • Renaissance (early, mid-high and late)
  • The Enlightenment
  • Modernity
  • NZ and Modernity and Contemporary
Topics include:
  • European Migration
  • Economic Development
  • Social Movements
  • Race Relations
Topics include:
  • Differential and integral calculus with applications
  • Differential equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Graphs of combinations of functions
  • Numerical solutions
  • Numerical integration

Topics include:

  • Sampling
  • Picturing distributions
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Normal distributions
  • Correlation and regression
  • Describing relationships
  • Probability
  • Random variables

Topics include:

  • Periodic table
  • Chemical bonding
  • Formulae and structure
  • Chemical reactions
  • Acids and bases
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Solubility
  • Simple nuclear transformations
  • Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry

Topics include:

  • Classification
  • Ecosystems – factors, trophic levels & nutrient cycles
  • Conservation
  • Population studies
  • Community dynamics
  • Genetics – Mendelian problems and inheritance
  • Evolution – evidence of evolution, natural selection & variation

Topics include:

  • Biochemistry – water, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein & lipids
  • DNA & RNA – structures & replication
  • Protein synthesis
  • Mutation & karyotype
  • Cell structures, processes & division
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Alternation of generations

Topics include:

  • Direct current electricity
  • Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Capacitors in DC circuits
  • Elecromagnetism
  • Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws
  • Alternating current electricity
  • RC,RL and RCL Circuits – Resonance

Topics include:

  • Linear motion
  • Rotational motion
  • Circular motion
  • Work, power and energy
  • The work-energy method
  • Concurrent and Non-concurrent force systems
  • Reaction at beam supports
  • Shear force and bending moment diagrams

Topics include:

  • Arithmetic skills
  • Linear equations and inequalities
  • Percentages, progressions and interest rates
  • Non-linear functions and optimisation
  • Constrained linear optimisation
  • Time series analysis
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Microsoft Excel is also introduced to solve some of the applied problems

Topics include:

  • Role of government in achieving efficient & equitable outcomes for society
  • Resource allocation by Planned & Market economies.
  • Market failure to allocate resources efficiently or fairly. For example:
  • –Monopolies
  • –Merit & demerit goods
  • –Mixed goods
  • Income distribution & inequalities of wealth
  • Economics of immigration


We prepare students for assessments that will get them into AUT’s degree programmes.

Our assessments are benchmarked against international standards and are a stepping stone to achievement.

All assessments are internally assessed. The final mark for subjects is made up of a combination of tests, assignments and the final exam.

Note: AUT has no final examinations in 2021. 



Location & Facilities

The AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies is taught at the UP International college in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, close to public transport and a wide range of accommodation. Students on this programme also have access to the world-class facilities at AUT.

The UP International College is located in the heart of Auckland at 345 Queen Street, close to public transport, accommodation and a vibrant range of entertainment and cultural offerings.

Our modern, air-conditioned classrooms are well equipped with the latest multimedia capabilities, all computers have email and internet access, and computer laboratories are available for independent study from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Other campus facilities include a large student common room, espresso coffee cart and café offering fresh food and drinks. All students enrolled in the AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies also have access to AUT’s library, learning centre and excellent sporting facilities.



NEW NZ School Leaver’s Scholarship
We are pleased to introduce an International School Leaver Scholarship to contribute towards students’ tuition fees reducing the financial burden of up to NZ $5000. These scholarships recognise high achieving international secondary school students living in New Zealand who have narrowly missed the entry requirements for University.

To apply:

Submit a foundation application through Enroller

Email with the information we require, listed here: Subject: School Leaver Scholarship Application-full name-Student ID shown on foundation offer Content: Full name/NSN number/D.O.B Attachment:
  • Passport copy
  • Current student visa
  • NCEA Summary of Result (downloaded from NZQA website) or CIE/IB certificate
  • 2021 End of Year Report from your high school
  • Most recent attendance report
We will contact you to arrange an individual interview (online or face-to-face, conducted in English) will be organised within 5 working days of the receiving the application email and for successful candidates a scholarships certificate will be issued shortly thereafter.
Contact us

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125


Level 3, West wing
Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566

New Zealand has moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. This means onsite learning has resumed for all courses in all locations throughout New Zealand. If you have any questions, contact your tutor. For regular Alert Level updates, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.