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Certificate of University Preparation

The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a one-semester course which will give you University Entrance as well as the tools and skills you need to confidently transition into degree-level study.

Adult Learners

The Certificate of University Preparation has been designed to help students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation, or left school some time ago and are looking for a career change.

This programme will introduce you to an adult learning situation including lectures, tutorials and workshops. CUP is an academically approved qualification that covers skills such as note-taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.

Taught on the Hamilton campus, students have full access to University facilities and services, enabling you to adapt to this new environment prior to starting your degree. Following your successful completion of CUP, you'll be eligible for entry at all New Zealand Universities and most undergraduate degrees.

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Key information

Years: 0.5
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February), Semester B (July), and Summer School (November)
Fees (Domestic): $3,247 (four papers) per year
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Fees (International): $11,000 (four papers)
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Entry requirements

Any school-leaver who has at least 30 NCEA Level 3 credits in university-approved subjects with numeracy and literacy will gain an automatic offer of entry to CUP for 2018.

Any other applicants will be decided on a case-by-case basis.  Please include a student statement with your application.

Scholarships and prizes

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For a full-time student, there are up to 17 hours of class, and around 20 hours of self-directed study a week. Students are required to take four papers (two compulsory and two electives).

Classes are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Students have the option to study part-time with approval.

Students are required to take a total of four papers: two compulsory and two electives. Options are listed below.

Compulsory papers

Both papers are available in Semester A, B, or C.

Elective papers

Any two elective papers are required. Unless otherwise noted, papers are available in Semester A, B, or C.


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