Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme (Standard)

Wellington - 14 October 2024

UP International College NZ

NZQA Level: 3
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
4 terms
Start Date:
End Date:
19 September 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who want to get ready for under-graduate study at university, and learn important foundational skills like academic writing, academic referencing, critical thinking skills, basic mathetmatics, and how to study independently. This programme enables learners to feel more confident about successful study at an under-graduate level, and allows learners to choose what they study in addition to the core subjects listed.

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

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.

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.

Level 3, West Wing, Wellington Railway Station, 2 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

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Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme (Standard)

Academic Requirements

Requirements are country specific, check the requirements of your country here.

Applicants are also assessed on the basis of:

  • Current and previous academic reports

  • Comments on academic reports

  • Attendance rates

  • Medical issues


English Requirements
IELTS: 5.0 and no band less than 4.5

Check accepted equivalents here.

Tuition Fee: NZD29,000

Resources Fee: NZD800*

Additional Fees:

  • Registration fee: NZD400

  • Medical and travel insurance (12 months): NZD697

  • Foundation Studies examination fee: NZD350

  • IELTS examination fee: NZD385

*Discounted by 50% for students who are studying online.


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