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Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies is our international bridging programme for students who have completed high school but have not meet the academic entry requirements for entry into degree study.

This Foundation Studies programme is for international students that have not met the academic entry for undergraduate study. Papers in this programme will teach you skills for successful tertiary study within New Zealand.

The programme includes compulsory English language and electives across a range of study areas. Classes include New Zealand students to encourage international students to improve their English and make New Zealand friends.

Why choose the Waikato Pathways College Foundation Studies programme?

  • The programme offers guaranteed entry to most University of Waikato undergraduate degrees upon successful completion
  • The programme is recognised by all New Zealand universities
  • The curriculum develops subject knowledge and skills as well as leadership and team skills to help equip you for university
  • The programme offers flexible intakes, with three points of entry during the year
  • Taught on the University of Waikato main campus so you have access to all services and facilities as degree level students

Apply to enrol

Key information

Years: 0.5 to 1
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February), Semester B (July) and Summer School (November)
Fees (International): $10,120 per semester (Accelerated course = 1 semester; Standard course = 2 semesters)

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Students must be 16 years of age or older. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Entry Requirements

Standard Foundation Programme

  • IELTS score 5.5 or above, with at least a 5.0 in writing
  • Successfully completed Certificate of Attainment in Academic English Level 6

Accelerated Foundation Programme

  • IELTS overall 5.5 or above, and at least a 5.5 in writing with no band less than a 5.0
  • B grade overall and a B grade in writing in Certificate of Attainment in Academic English Level 6

Academic Entry Requirements

  • Have completed secondary school study, equivalent to New Zealand Year 12, or
  • Have a completed secondary school qualification from your country of origin
Country of Origin

For other country entry requirements, contact us at


Waikato Pathways College- Te Huanui

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO or + 64 7 858 5600