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Foundation Studies in Full Foundation, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #287 (QS) Auckland, New Zealand
If you do not have the academic requirements for admission to Massey University, you can apply to enrol in the Certificate in Foundation Studies in Full Foundation. Successful completion of this two-semester qualification will give you admission to University and prepare you for undergraduate study.
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To complete the Certificate you will do eight courses - four compulsory courses that focus on academic language, study and research skills and four elective courses from your area of academic interest. Elective courses can be chosen from Business, Science, Health and Humanities/Social Science pathways (subject to academic approval).

On successful completion of the Certificate in Foundation Studies you will be eligible for admission to unrestricted undergraduate programmes at Massey University and other New Zealand universities. If you are intending to take an undergraduate degree with additional subject or portfolio requirements, you should contact the University for advice.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Academic Language and Writing 1
  • Academic Language and Writing 2
  • Study Skills and Strategies
  • Critical Academic Skills
  • Academic Language and Writing 
  • Study Skills and Strategies
  • Academic Language and Writing
  • Critical Academic Skills
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Before enrolling for the Certificate, candidates shall: 
  • satisfy the Academic Board that they have completed the equivalent of Year 12, NCEA Level 2
  • have a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each band or 14 literacy credits at NCEA level 1 or higher.
For more information, please visit programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29230 USD per year and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    6480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6480 USD per year and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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