UP International College Foundation Studies Programme

Intakes and fees

Applying for the UP International College Foundation Studies Programme is simple.
Applications can be made in person at our UP International College Wellington campus, online, or by filling out a hard copy application form and emailing or posting it to us.


The UP International College Foundation Studies Programme takes 6 to 18 months (two to six terms) to complete, depending on the student’s academic background and level of English. These start dates include Orientation, which students must attend.

Foundation Connect is a comprehensive six-month extension programme that provides targeted preparation for Foundation. Students at the end of the 6-month Foundation Connect programme will be individually appraised to check that they have achieved the set criteria of entry into Standard Foundation.

Pathways Link Programme is a one-year programme will offer successful students entry into Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies programmes. There are two intakes in 2024 – February and July.

2024 Start Date (incl. Orientation)

On Campus Orientation Day

  • 7 February 
  • 22 April
  • 16 July
  • 8 October 


Accelerate, Fast-track, Standard and Foundation Connect programmes commence each term

February Intake: 12 February – 12 April

April Intake: 29 April – 28 June

July Intake: 22 July – 27 September

October Intake: 14 October – 13 December


Course Duration English Level Tuition Fee (NZD) Resource Fee (NZD)
Accelerate 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 6.0 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) $19,500 $900
Fast-track 8/9 months (3 terms) IELTS 5.5 (a minimum of 5.0 in all bands) $24,250 $900
Standard 12 months (4 terms) IELTS 5.0 (a minimum of 4.5 in all bands) $31,250 $900
Foundation Connect* 6 months (2 terms) IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) $16,750 $450
Pathways Link Programme (PLP)* 12 months IELTS 4.5 (a minimum of 4.0 in all bands) $32,000 $2,000

Additional fees(NZD)

Enrolment fee $450
Exam fee $400
Assessment re-sit fee $50
Medical and travel insurance (12 months)# $789
*International students must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. Enrolled international students will be charged Allianz’s Studentsafe Inbound Learners insurance premium when enrolment is completed.