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Foundation in NZ

Targeted foundation programmes for students intent on degree-level study in New Zealand – or even Australia – expertly prepare students for academic success. Amy Baker finds out more.

With a small population and modest academic infrastructure, compared with its competitors, New Zealand offers a select group of universities for international students to consider, should they be thinking of furthering their academic career overseas. While there is a limited selection, all the tertiary institutions are of high quality, says Derek Chapman, Director of Lincoln University’s Foundation Studies, who details further reasons for selecting New Zealand as a study destination.

He says overseas students consider the country because of its high quality of education, the portability of New Zealand degrees to any country in the world, good reports from previous students and the excellent reputation of New Zealand itself as a country, as well as relative value for money. “All New Zealand universities offer a pathway through foundation studies,” he explains, “[and] foundation courses have proven to be very popular.”

Foundation courses are designed to train overseas students for the rigours of a Western education and enable them to adapt to life and study in the country while also settling in socially. “For international students the foundation course has proven to be better preparation than year 13 at high school,” says Chapman. “It has meant that the international students have been able to study with their peer group in a university environment.”

Typical course content includes analytical assessment, research skills and themed learning modules depending on a student’s future study plans. For example, at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Julie Allan, International Marketing Officer, says, “The course has three focuses – academic English, study skills and content knowledge of academic subjects. We offer three streams depending on what degree students wish to undertake – science, business and arts.”

Allan attests that most of the intake on these courses is from Asia, although students from Latin America, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Eastern Europe also apply in smaller numbers. “We have 17,000 students on campus and 2,000 of those are international,” she describes. “Of those we have students from countries such as the USA and UK who do not generally need to undertake foundation studies and of the rest, some will be going on to postgraduate programmes.” Hence, the sector is relatively small but “it is a very important programme and we absolutely need to have foundation study programmes at New Zealand universities”, underlines Allan.
At Academic Colleges Group in Auckland, two foundation programmes are offered on behald of two separate institutions. Kim Harase explains, “The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies has been taught exclusively by ACG New Zealand International College on behalf of the University of Auckland since 1999. The AUT International Foundation Certificate has been taught exclusively by Norton College, (an independent school managed by ACG), since 2003.”

Harase describes growing enrolments in this sector. “Interest in both the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies and the AUT International Foundation Certificate has grown in the last three years and we expect even larger intakes in 2009,” she says, noting that the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies is recognised by all New Zealand universities and has also been approved for entry to a range of Australian universities, including The Australian National University, Monash University and The University of Adelaide.

At the University of Otago in Dunedin, Grant Hubbard underlines that most foundation students at this institution, however, stay on to continue with their studies. “Our foundation year has an 80 per cent pass rate for international students and of the successful students, 95 per cent enter the University of Otago,” he explains. He is confident of the appeal of this sector: “New Zealand universities are consistently ranked in the top universities worldwide and when this is combined with the New Zealand study/living environment and competitive tuition fees, it is the ideal educational mix.”
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Sara's New York Homestay LLC  

Feltom Malta  
International House World Organisation 
Languages Canada / Langues Canada 
Quality English 


Your World on Monday

Malta Tourism Authority

Alphe Conferences  
International House World Organisation  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
Quality English  

Ecela - Latin Immersion  

Ceran Lingua International (Belgium, France, Spain, UK)

Idiomas To Go  

Applied Linguistics Centre Ltd.  
Camber College  
Camosun College  
College de Jonquiere / AQEF  
College Platon  
English School of Canada  
Eurocentres, Vancouver  
Global Village 
(Australia, Canada,
iTTTi Vancouver  
Language Studies Canada  
MacEwan English Language Institute  
Mount Royal College  
National School of  Languages  
Richmond School District #38  
Saint Mary's University  
University of Regina  
University of Toronto  
University of Victoria  
Vancouver English Centre  

Tandem Santiago  

Alltere Education Group  
IH Xi'an  
iMandarin Language Training Institute  
Mandarin House  

Spanish World Institute  

Yanapuma Spanish School  

IH Cairo  

Ardmore Language Schools  
Bell International (Malta, UK)
Bloomsbury International  
Camp Beaumont  
Concorde International Language Home Tuition  
(Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, USA)
Dudley College of Technology  
English Studio  
International House World Organisation  
Kaplan Aspect  
(Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and Leisure  
(Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, England, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA)
Malvern House College London  
Millfield School  
Regent's College  
St Giles Colleges (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group  
(Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, USA)
Twin Group  (Ireland, UK)
University of Manchester  
Wimbledon School of English  

Alliance Française Paris Ile de France  

International House Berlin - Prolog  

Dilit - International House  
John Cabot University  

Kai Japanese Language School  
Tamagawa International Language School  

Clubclass Residential Language School  
EC English Language Centre (England, Malta, South Africa, USA)
Iels - Institute of English Language Studies  
inlingua Malta  

EAC Language Centres and Activity Camps  (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
University of Edinburgh  
University of Stirling  

EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape Town  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language Training Centre Cape Town  
Interlink School of Languages  
International House Cape Town  
LAL Cape Town  
Shane Global Language Centres - Cape Town  

Esade - Executive Language Centre  
Malaga ¡Si!  
International House San Sebastian - Lacunza  
Malaca Instituto - Club Hispanico SL  

EF Language Colleges Ltd (Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, USA)
Eurocentres International (Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, USA)

ELS Language Centers  
Global Immersions Inc  
inlingua DC  
Johnson & Wales University  
Rennert Bilingual  
University of California Riverside  
University of California San Diego  
University of South Florida  
Zoni Language Centers  (Canada, USA)

CELA (Centro de Lingüistica Aplicada)  



London Metropolitan University  
Queen Ethelburga's College  
University of Essex - International Academy  
Writtle College  

Study Group  

University of Glasgow  

St. Timothy's School