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.

*Registered as UP International College Studies Programme with NZQA and approved by Universities N.Z

Victoria University – Foundation Studies

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

01.

University Pathways

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

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.

Academic excellence

Partnered with Victoria University of Wellington, UP Education has been delivering the foundation programme for over 20 years. All teachers are trained and registered with the Teachers Council of New Zealand. We also place great emphasis on student welfare and ensure a high standard of care. Our dedicated staff are experienced in looking after the educational, practical and social needs of students.

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.

Facilities

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.

02.

Intakes and Fees

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

Course Duration English Level Tuition Fee Resources Fee*
Fast Track 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD18,000 NZD800
Standard 8/9 months (3terms) IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD21,000 NZD800
Standard Plus 12 months (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD28,000 NZD800
Extended 18 months (6 terms) IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent NZD42,750 NZD1,200

Start Dates

These start dates include Orientation, which students must attend.

Course 2021 2022
Fast Track 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October 28 January, 22 April, 9 July, 7 October
Standard 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October 28 January, 22 April, 9 July, 7 October
Standard Plus 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October 28 January, 22 April, 9 July, 7 October
Extended 22 January, 9 July 28 January, 22 April, 9 July, 7 October
Fast Track
Duration 6 months (2 terms)
English Level IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Start Dates 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October
Tuition Fee (NZD) 18,000
Resources Fee*(NZD) 800
Standard
Duration 8/9 months (3terms)
English Level IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Start Dates 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October
Tuition Fee (NZD) 21,000
Resources Fee*(NZD) 800
Standard Plus
Duration 12 months (4 terms)
English Level IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Start Dates 22 January, 16 April, 9 July, 1 October
Tuition Fee (NZD) 28,000
Resources Fee*(NZD) 800
Extended
Duration 18 months (6 terms)
English Level IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) or agreed equivalent
Start Dates 22 January, 9 July
Tuition Fee (NZD) 42,750
Resources Fee*(NZD) 1200

*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

03.

Subjects

Subjects for standard full year foundation studies programmes

  • English for Tertiary Study (I and II, 40 credits)
  • Introductory Mathematics (10 credits)
  • New Zealand Culture and Society (10 credits)
  • Calculus
  • Design and Society (I and II)
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Studies
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Macroeconomics
  • Management Studies
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies (I and II)
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics (I and II)
  • Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics
  • Tourism (I and II)

 

(Not all subjects offered each term)
04.

Location & Facilities

UP International College campus is conveniently located in central Wellington, a short walk from Victoria University of Wellington, and close to public transport, accommodation, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Victoria foundation students have the same rights and privileges as other Victoria University of Wellington students*. Support services include student learning support, health service, counselling, financial advice and disabilities service. University facilities include a recreation centre, extensive libraries, cafes, bookshops and banking facilities, prayer rooms, student associations and more.

* A University Student Service Levy is required for access to these services click here to find out more

05.

Talk to a student

Contact us
Location
AUCKLAND

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

WELLINGTON

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

T +64 4 9795566

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