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Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme

The Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Foundation Studies is taught by UP International College New Zealand, a registered school, and prepares students for entry into Victoria’s undergraduate programmes.

The programme ensures students not only meet the entry requirements, but are also fully prepared for the challenges of degree-level study. Subject knowledge and skills are developed, and entrepreneurial enterprise, leadership and teamwork capabilities are enhanced. 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.

* 2013 Performance-based Research Fund.

  • Flexibility

    The programme offers flexibility with four intakes per year and 6, 8, 12 and 18-month course options (two, three, four or six terms), depending on academic background and level of English.

  • University Pathways

    Students who successfully complete foundation studies 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 will receive two offers of place when they apply – a letter of offer for foundation, and a conditional letter of offer for an undergraduate degree at Victoria University. An unconditional offer of place will be issued as soon as students have successfully completed the foundation programme and met admission requirements.

  • Scholarships

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

  • Free iPads

    All students enrolled in a foundation programme receive a free iPad for the duration of their course, giving them full access to a complete set of course materials.

  • Academic excellence - the key to success

    UP Education recruits top specialists in each field of study, to make sure students achieve the best possible results. Teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials and self-study periods, with laboratory and practical classes in many modules. Students have 20 to 29 hours of contact teaching each week, depending on their course they are expected to spend another 20 hours a week in self-study. Each student is assigned a tutor who provides counselling and is on hand to help with any problems. Victoria University of Wellington staff also meet with students to discuss degree options and answer questions.

International student from The Victoria University of Wellington

Acknowledgement: Provided by The Victoria University of Wellington International Office