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Victoria University of Wellington
Foundation Studies Programme

The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme is taught by UP International College New Zealand to prepare international students for entry into the Universities undergraduate courses.

The programme ensures you not only meet Victoria University of Wellington undergraduate course entry requirements but that you are fully prepared for the challenges of degree-level study. Classes are delivered by caring, highly-qualified teachers in a supportive and personalised learning environment.

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality* and has eight teaching faculties.

* 2019 Performance-based Research Fund

  • Flexibility

    The programme offers flexibility with options for courses of 6, 8, 12 or 18 months’ duration (two, three, four or six terms), depending on academic background and English language proficiency.

  • University pathway

    Students who successfully complete a Foundation Studies programme are guaranteed entry to an appropriate Victoria University of Wellington undergraduate degree.

  • Two offers of place from the start

    Students who apply for the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme receive two offers of place: a letter of offer for Foundation Studies, and a conditional letter of offer for an undergraduate degree at the University. An unconditional offer of place is issued once you complete the programme and meet admission requirements.

  • Scholarships

    The top student each term completing Foundation Studies receives a NZ$5,000 scholarship towards tuition fees in the first year of their undergraduate degree at Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Free iPad

    Students enrolled in a Foundation Studies programme receive a free iPad for the duration of their course, giving them full access to digital course materials.

  • Academic excellence - the key to success

    UP Education recruits top specialists in each field of study to make sure you achieve the best possible results. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials and self-study periods, with laboratory and practical classes in some modules. Expect around 20–29 hours of contact teaching each week, with another 20 hours on self-study. Each student is assigned a tutor to help with any issues. Victoria University of Wellington staff meet with students to discuss degree options and answer questions.

International student from Victoria University of Wellington

Acknowledgement: Wellington University International – Te Kahupapa Office