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Focused approach. Bright futures. Preparation for Foundation 1 and 2 for students aged 14-17 years An exciting, immersive programme that guarantees international students entry to a prestigious university in Australia and New Zealand.



A powerful headstart to a successful future And it all begins in the safe and secure environment of New Zealand “Younger students deserve a programme that gives them the best possible opportunities for further study. Our expert educators from around the world go above and beyond to ensure all our younger students are ready to study a foundation programme that will lead them to a top-ranked university.� Mark Haines Executive Principal UP International College

The future starts here

Preparation for Foundation

Preparation for Foundation is a specialised two-year programme that gives ambitious young students a powerful head start to a successful future. It’s designed to fast-track international students aged 14-17 years to an UP Education Foundation Studies programme, from where they transition smoothly to one of our three prestigious university partners in New Zealand. The benefits of the programme are exceptional. It offers streamlined, flexible, highly focused learning and an immersive and supportive environment, with guaranteed access to a superior university education from an early age.

This is the start of an exciting, full UP Education journey that brings more than academic success. At UP International College we really understand international students, valuing the diversity that all young people bring to our student culture. Our whole-person focus means that students in our care thrive and grow as people as they learn.

How the programme compares Preparation for Foundation is equivalent to the New Zealand national curriculum taught in New Zealand secondary schools, and offers the same key curriculum subjects: English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Business Studies, Music, Art, Drama and Physical Education.

Preparation for Foundation 1 = New Zealand National Curriculum for Year 10 Preparation for Foundation 2 = New Zealand National Curriculum for Year 11 using NCEA assessment

Offer of place: Please note, our offer documentation will be worded as “study at Year 10 or Year 11” not “Preparation for Foundation”

Features that shape futures The incredible benefits and outcomes of the UP Education Preparation for Foundation programme:

• Guaranteed pathway to academic success, through highly-ranked university partners • Opportunity for shorter pathways and further advancement for high-performing students • Highly flexible – students study between two and eight terms, depending upon age, academic and English proficiency • Accelerated English proficiency is a key focus, supporting improved outcomes • Curriculum is focused on achieving academic success and progression to foundation and university • Strong connections with our university partners allow for student immersion in future university life and subject choices • Small class sizes and one-on-one attention from exceptional teachers with extensive experience in teaching international students • International students study together, developing lasting friendships • Homestay options create a welcoming, authentic experience • Big-city feel in a safe, stunning country, with new experiences and plenty to do • Open to international and New Zealand domestic students • UP Education is an established provider of pathway programs for over 20 years, with quality student care and accommodation options • Preparation for Foundation is hosted at UP International College’s central city campus, a short walk to both The University of Auckland and AUT University campus locations. • UP International College is a registered school and all teaching staff are registered and qualified by the Teaching Council of New Zealand (

The University of Auckland

Together we make bright futures a reality

Our University Partners UP Education partners with three prestigious universities in New Zealand to offer international students the range of innovative and effective Foundation Studies programmes that follow on from our Preparation for Foundation programme: • • •

Victoria University of Wellington

AUT University

The University of Auckland

• • • • •

Ranked #1 university in New Zealand 25 subjects in the Top 50 worldwide #1 in Global University Impact rankings 60+ research centres with top-ranked researchers 8000+ international students from 130+ countries

The University of Auckland AUT University Victoria University of Wellington

Foundation Studies programmes equip international students with academic and social skills plus the confidence to progress to their degree course of choice. Successful completion of a programme guarantees a student entry into a university undergraduate programme.*

AUT University

• • • • • •

* Individual undergraduate programme entry requirements may apply, please refer to the relevant University Foundation Prospectus for more details.

Victoria University of Wellington

• • • • • •

Top 1% of universities worldwide #1 in New Zealand for Global Research Impact #1 Millennial University in Australasia 5 out of 5 stars for employability 3 campuses + 3 specialist facilities 5,000+ international students

New Zealand’s top research university (PBRF 2019) Top 2% of world 18,000 universities Top 1% of world universities in 19 subject areas 864+ world-class researchers on staff 196 partner universities in 39+ countries 3,700 international students from 114+ countries

The University of Auckland COMPLETED China Junior High Last Year Rest of World New Zealand Year 9 or equivalent

Preparation for Foundation 1

Preparation for Foundation 2


GPA >90% Equiv IELTS 5.5 No bands less than 5

Foundation Programme Fast-track 8 months

GPA >70% Equiv IELTS 5.0 No bands less than 4.5

Foundation Programme Standard 12 months

GPA >50% Equiv IELTS 4.5 No bands less than 4.0

Foundation Programme Extended 18 months

The University * of Auckland **

China Senior High 1st Year Rest of World New Zealand Year 10 or equivalent

Pathways to the future

AUT University and Victoria University of Wellington COMPLETED China Junior High Last Year Rest of World New Zealand Year 9 or equivalent

Preparation for Foundation 1


Preparation for Foundation 2

China Senior High 1st Year Rest of World New Zealand Year 10 or equivalent

GPA >90% Equiv IELTS 6.0 No bands less than 5

Foundation Programme Fast-track 6 months

GPA >80% Equiv IELTS 5.5 No bands less than 5

Foundation Programme Standard 8 months

AUT University*

Student Study Pathways

GPA >70% Equiv IELTS 5.0 No bands less than 4.5

Foundation Programme Standard Plus 12 months

Victoria University of Wellington*

Students can take various routes to a foundation studies programme, and onwards to university study in Australia or New Zealand.

GPA >50% Equiv IELTS 4.5 No bands less than 4.0

Foundation Programme Extended 18 months

For young students in Years 10 and 11 at New Zealand secondary schools, the Preparation for Foundation programme is an effective, and sometimes shorter, alternative path to both our Foundation Studies programmes and to university undergraduate study.

Preparation for Foundation – Entry points Students can enter a Preparation for Foundation programme at several different points throughout the year:

Beginning of Term 1 Term February-April

Beginning of Term 2 Term April-June

Beginning of Term 2 Term July-September

Note: It may be possible to enter the programme in Term 4, if necessary and dependent on individual circumstances

*Students who do not meet English language requirements will be able to study a dedicated course of English at UP International College before beginning a Preparation for Foundation programme. ** The University of Auckland pathways vary from those offered by AUT University and Victoria University of Wellington.

High performing students excelling in Preparation for foundation 2 may also be able to take a shorter Foundation study programme before entering University. The diagrams to the left detail the various pathway options for AUT University, Victoria University of Wellington, and The University of Auckland.

Programme details MINIMUM AGE

Student must turn 14 during first term




Preparation for Foundation 1: IELTS 4.0 (no bands lower than 3.0), or equivalent Preparation for Foundation 2: IELTS 4.5 (no bands lower than 4.0), or equivalent



Combination of internal projects and end-of-year exams


Term 1 – Attitude and Effort Term 2 – Academic Term 4 – Academic + Graduation Certificate


Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4**


8.30am – 3.30pm


• The

Applicant must have completed: Preparation for Foundation 1: • China: Ideally completed the last year of Junior High School • Rest of world: Completed the equivalent of New Zealand Year 9


University Certificate of Foundation Studies – Standard (>70% GPA)

Preparation for Foundation 2: • China: Ideally completed the first year of Senior High School • Rest of world: Completed the equivalent of New Zealand Year 10 TUITION (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

NZD 20,000


NZD 13,000


NZD 700


4 x terms per year over 2 years (max)


10 weeks


2 terms


8 terms (2 years)


Preparation for Foundation 1 English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Business Studies, Physical Education, Art, Music, Drama and Speech Preparation for Foundation 2 English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Business Studies, Physical Education, Drawing and Design, Music, Drama and Speech

University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies – Standard (>70% GPA)

• Victoria

University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme – Standard (>70% GPA)


Students must complete Preparation for Foundation 2, and meet academic, English and attendance requirements


• Unconditional

Offer of Place in Preparation for Foundation programme (Year 10 and/or Year 11)

• Explanation

sheet for how Preparation for Foundation programme (while similar to secondary education delivered in New Zealand schools) focuses on success for speakers of English as a second language

• Conditional

Offer of Place in a university Foundation Studies programme (Extended) (Conditions: student must meet graduate requirements in Preparation for Foundation course)

* Students who do not meet English requirements may be able to study English at UP International College before they begin their Preparation for Foundation programme ** Students who commence in Term 4 may be required to complete 5 terms prior to graduation

• Conditional

Offer of Place to the named university undergraduate degree (Conditions: student must meet graduate requirements in Foundation Studies programme specific to the named undergraduate degree)

• Pathway

visa support letter – so student can be considered for a five-year Student visa by Immigration New Zealand

UP International College Term dates

UP International College

Teaching staff

Preparation for Foundation classes are taught at UP International College campus on Queen Street, in the vibrant heart of downtown Auckland. The campus offers a warm and welcoming environment where students quickly feel at home. It’s just a short walk from both The University of Auckland and AUT University, with excellent public transport and accommodation options close by. Students enjoy modern, well-equipped and air-conditioned classrooms, a cafeteria, and a student learning centre and library. A dedicated student common room is their place to relax with new friends who are all sharing the same experience. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus.

Orientation Orientation is an essential opportunity for students to collect their Student Handbook and learn more about the program, timetable, IT support, banking advice, student life on campus, life in New Zealand, and what they can expect during their time with us. Attendance is compulsory for all new students.

Our innovative flipped learning approach incorporates a tutor system for student mentoring, and a parent portal for progress monitoring. We supply students with purpose-created iPads.


26 JAN - 01 APR


28 APR - 24 JUN

19 APR - 23 JUN


15 JUL - 18 SEP

14 JUL - 17 SEP


02 OCT - 10 DEC

04 OCT - 10 DEC

Timetable Classes run from 8.45am–3.20pm, Monday to Friday. The majority of a student’s lessons will be taught in their ‘home’ classroom, however some subjects may be taught outside the home classroom during the study week.

Student support The wellbeing of our younger students is of paramount importance. We make every effort to ensure students feel happy, settled and comfortable in their new surroundings and can concentrate on their academic progress. Our student support services include: Tutor system – one staff member is assigned to each student to provide personalised support

International student support team – to assist with accommodation, health, banking, insurance, visa renewals, etc

Orientation – helps students transition into college life and the programme

Academic learning support – helps students keep on track

Parent portal – allows parents to check student progress online


These dates are inclusive of orientation.

UP International College is a registered school and all our teachers are fully qualified and registered with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council. They’re inspiring, experienced specialists who provide a caring and supportive learning environment, working in small classes, and using interactive lessons. Teachers provide students with plenty of personal attention to help them advance quickly, achieving their learning goals.

Learning approach


Homestay accommodation with a New Zealand family – all homestay families are police-checked and visited once per term to ensure the highest standards of care

Why choose UP? UP Education offers a range of exciting university pathway programmes through our six university partners across New Zealand and Australia. We shape futures, preparing international students for success at university and beyond. With innovative programmes, world-class teachers and supportive environments, bright minds from all over the world have been achieving exceptional graduate outcomes and global careers for more than 20 years.


Study abroad country in the world 2019*

Prestigious university partners are just the beginning

Whole-person focus equips students with skills and confidence for study, improving their English language skills, and preparing them for life

Flipped learning approach incorporates a tutor system for student mentoring, and a parent portal for progress monitoring – purpose-created iPads are supplied

Small, friendly campuses foster a sense of community, helping students connect, feel safe and welcome


All UP Education foundation programmes provide guaranteed entry to our partner universities

highest performing graduates (ahead of the UK, US and Canada)* **OECD program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

Homestay accommodation helps students to live like a local while feeling fully supported

Academic success is paramount, but choosing UP Education also means joining the growing number of students heading to Australia and New Zealand for our enviable way of life, spectacular scenery and safe cities with low stress.

20+ years

Our international students enjoy a full and fantastic experience and are provided with the highest level of care and support from the moment they’re accepted to the day they graduate. At UP Education we consider it our privilege to support youngsters in their education journey, helping them grow as people as they learn.

Studying in Australia or New Zealand allows students to learn about new cultures, better preparing them to be truly global citizens


Range of scholarships make a successful university education more accessible

proven performance, with 11,500 international students educated and supported by 120+ staff


How to apply


Homestay Plus

Step 1: Application

Young students far from home need to feel comfortable and secure while they study, so we help arrange accommodation with a friendly, local homestay family. Homestay is a great way for students to settle into a new country and live like a local, yet receive all the support they need. They’ll experience real New Zealand culture, and with the opportunity to practice speaking English every day they’ll quickly build confidence.

Homestay Plus families can accommodate up to two students at a time, providing a separate bathroom.


Students have their own room with a bed, desk, heating and Wi-Fi, with breakfast and dinner Monday–Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends and public/school holidays. Laundry is also included. •

Homestay Plus weekly fee (NZD) Auckland Central 370* Rest of Auckland

*Auckland homestays are arranged in Auckland Central, incorporating the City Centre, Mt Eden, Epsom, Freemans Bay, Grafton, Greenlane, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Kingsland, Newmarket, Newton, Parnell, Pt Chevalier, Ponsonby, Remuera, St Mary’s Bay, Sandringham.

All homestays are thoroughly checked – each homestay family is interviewed for suitability, and the home is inspected All homestay providers sign a contract agreeing to rules and standards and undergo a vetting procedure by New Zealand police

Other accommodation options

All payments to the homestay provider are made via the UP Education Student Fees Trust

Additional fees

A 24-hour call centre number is provided for help in case of emergency

Under 18 Accommodation Guarantee and Services Fee**

Auckland Central 335* Rest of Auckland


• Review your application and issue an Offer of Place and an Enrolment Acceptance form • Arrange an English test for students needing to demonstrate English language proficiency


• Living with parents • Living with a residential caregiver (relative/family friend)

All students are visited in their accommodation a minimum of three times per year by homestay staff

Homestay weekly fee (NZD)

UP Education

Step 2: Enrolment


• Submit completed application form, copy of most recent school report, copy of passport and evidence of previous English study. Students who have previously studied in New Zealand or Australia should provide an attendance report.

• Pay tuition fees UP Education

Accommodation placement fee $350

- Student living with residential caregiver (per year)


- Student living with residential caregiver (per term)


- Student living with parent (per year)


- Student living with parent (per term)


Change of Homestay Fee^ (per change)


Homestay retainer rate ^^ (per week)


Airport pickup/transfer (one way per person)


- Transfer between terminals (Auckland Airport)


- Transfer of additional passenger (subject to approval)


* If UP Education co-ordinates student accommodation ** Allows for homestays with students under 18 to be checked once per term to ensure Code of Practice requirements are being met ^ Charged when student requests a change of homestay for reasons deemed unacceptable, or if student frequently changes homestays (fee charged at discretion of Director of Admissions and Student Services) ^^ Charged when a student is away and requests room at homestay be held (rate charged after fifth day)

• Complete and return the Enrolment Acceptance form

• Issue a Confirmation of Enrolment letter and confirm your place

Step 3: Completion Student • Apply for a student visa (if you are an international student) • Send us your arrival details (if you are an international student) UP Education • Arrange homestay accommodation and send details (if requested) • Organise an airport pickup/transfer (if requested)

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students CODE: UP Education and its schools have agreed to observe and be bound by the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available on request from the New Zealand Qualification Authority website at IMMIGRATION: Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through ImmigrationNew Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH SERVICES: Most international students are not entitled to publiclyfunded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at ACCIDENT INSURANCE: The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE: International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. It is a requirement for all international students studying with UP Education to have comprehensive medical and travel insurance cover. Students can either have the cover arranged by UP Education or produce evidence at the time of application that they have insurance cover from another company that meets the approval of UP Education. New Zealand Government Export Education Levy will be added to all International Tuition Fees - the current rate is 0.50%. As at November 2019, every attempt was made to present accurate information in this prospectus. UP Education reserves the right to change without notice programmes, terms and conditions both before and after students’ admission. For the most up to date course information, please refer to UP.Education.

All enquiries and applications to: UP International College 345 Queen St Auckland 1010 New Zealand

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Focused approach. Bright futures  

Preparation for Foundation is a specialised two-year programme that gives ambitious young students a powerful head start to a successful fu...

Focused approach. Bright futures  

Preparation for Foundation is a specialised two-year programme that gives ambitious young students a powerful head start to a successful fu...