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Foundation Studies Certificate

As a Foundation Studies student you will develop your English language and study skills as well as gain an introduction to subjects in your chosen academic field.
UCIC Foundation Studies Certificate will pathway students to the first year of their University of Canterbury undergraduate degree.* Students will study 8 courses over the course of 2 semesters. Courses are carefully selected and will depend on a students intended programme of study at UC.

*Please note that entrance to a small number of UC degree programmes may be subject to additional entrance criteria such as Grade Point Average. The experienced UCIC admissions team will advise students if this is the case when issuing offer letters to the UCIC Foundation Studies Certificate and will assist students with their queries on the process for entrance to these programmes.

To learn more about what world class programmes you can study at the University of Canterbury when you complete Foundation Studies Certificate please click here click here:

Your direct pathway to University of Canterbury (UC)

High School


Year 1 at UCIC



Year International Students


NZD$23,720 (per programme)



On Campus - 2 semesters (8 months)

Online - 2 semesters (8 months)


February, June, October

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Core Courses

Three courses**

  • Communication Skills II
  • Communication Skills III
  • Introduction to Computing

Optional courses

Students will choose three optional courses in consultation with the UCIC academic team from the relevant stream. These courses are determined by the student’s preferred UC degree and future career intentions.


Students will choose a further two elective courses relevant to their programme of study in consultation with the UCIC academic team.

Admission Requirements

Note: Course availability is subject to class numbers and availability.

* Additional courses may be added in the future.
** Each course is worth 15 credits.

*** UCIC’s Foundation Studies Certificate is a NZQA approved Training Scheme. This does not lead to a formal qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The Foundation Studies Certificate may be used for progression requirements under a pathway arrangement between UCIC and UC, subject to final approval by the University of Canterbury.

**** Please see the Fees & Payment page for full details on fees. In addition to programme fees, all UCIC students must pay the Student Services Levy, which contributes to the excellent services and facilities on campus. Commencement each semester will be dependent upon enrolments.

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