social sciences

Certificate of University Preparation

Foundation Certificate CUP
social sciences

The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a one-trimester full-time programme taught at the University of Waikato College on the Hamilton campus.

We offer a $2,500 CUP bursary for new applicants. This bursary is available to domestic students who successfully complete CUP and go on to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Waikato, in the next available intake. Find out more about the Certificate of University Preparation Bursary.

60 points, 6 months


Trimester A (March), Trimester B (July), and Summer School (November)

Why study a CUP?

CUP is for students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic or who left school sometime ago.

This programme will give you the equivalent of University Entrance and will help you transition into degree-level study.

You will take two compulsory and choose two electives from a range of options.

60 points, 6 months


Trimester A (March), Trimester B (July), and Summer School (November)

Degree information

Subjects Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Course requirements

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 9 am and 6 pm 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

All papers are available in Trimester A, B, or C.

Elective papers

Any two elective papers are required.