Pathways to degree study for international students: foundation programmes

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry into an AUT programme, you can study a foundation course here to meet those requirements.

If you successfully complete the foundation programme and the get the required grades, you are guaranteed entry into an appropriate AUT programme.

NCUK pathways

AUT has established a partnership with NCUK, enabling you to study at a NCUK Study Centre in your home country, and then come directly into your chosen AUT degree. The NCUK pathways to AUT are:

  • International Foundation Year (IFY)
    The IFY can help you bridge the gap between your current qualification and university study.
    International Foundation Year (NCUK website)
  • International Year One (IYOne)
    The IYOne is a credit-bearing qualification enabling you to study the first year of an undergraduate degree at an NCUK Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you will enter the second year of a number of AUT bachelor degrees.
    • International Year One in Business
    • International Year One in Engineering
    International Year One (NCUK website)
  • The Pre-Master's Programme (PMP)
    The PMP will provide you with the research skills and the English language knowledge you require to succeed in a postgraduate qualification at AUT.
    Pre-Master's Programme (NCUK website)

Find out more about NCUK

AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies

This course is delivered by UP International College, which has one of the best NZ records in international education.

  • Curriculum includes essential training in English and independent learning skills
  • Choose from a range of subjects
  • You can use AUT facilities while you are studying at UP.

AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies (UP Education website)
Download prospectus for AUT Certificate in Foundation Studies
Course start dates (UP Education website)

Certificates and diplomas at AUT to prepare for studying a bachelor's degree

Interested in studying a bachelor's degree? AUT offers a range of certificate and diploma qualifications that can also be used to gain entry to AUT’s bachelor degrees. For details visit your chosen study area on the AUT website.

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