Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (UG:Certificate)

University of Waikato

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About Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies at University of Waikato

This Foundation Studies programme is for students that have not met the academic entry for degree 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.

Standard Foundation Studies Programme


Standard 9 months (A & B semester)

Fast Track 8 months (summer school & A or B semester)

Accelerated 5 months (one semester)

2017 Dates

A Semester - 27 February to 23 June 2017
B Semester - 10 July to 27 October 2017
Summer School - 6 November to 16 February 2018*
*Selected papers

2018 Dates

S Semester - 3 January to 16 February 2018*
A Semester - 26 February to 23 June 2018
B Semester - 9 July to 27 October 2018
Summer School - 6 November to end of February 2019*
*Selected papers

Course Requirements

  • Standard Foundation:  You will study a total of eight papers.  Three compulsory papers (FOUND021, FOUND022 and FOUND001) plus five electives from the list below.
  • Accelerated: You will study a total of four papers - English 2 (compulsory) and any three electives from the list of papers below.
  • Students can have up to 20 hours of class per week (4 papers) with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.
  • Classes are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Compulsory Papers

  • FOUND021 - English for Foundation Studies 1 (Standard)
  • FOUND022 -  English for Foundation Studies 2 (Standard and Accelerated only)
  • FOUND001 -  Introduction to Study Skills (Standard, preferable for Accelerated)


Tuition Fees

  • Standard Foundation Studies approx. NZD $20,240
  • Accelerated Foundation Studies approx. NZD $10,120

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