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University of Canterbury International College


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Foundation Studies Certificate

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2 semesters
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Start date: 18-October-2021
University of Canterbury International College
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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.

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.

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have completed NCEA 12 credits in each of three university approved subjects at Level 2 or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Entry requirements vary from country to country. Please refer UCIC website for further details:

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall 5.5. All band scores minimum of 5.0
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT): Score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 14
  • Cambridge English Qualification - B2 First or B2 First for schools: Score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET (Occupational English Test): Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • LanguageCert: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with no less than pass in any band
  • Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA): Qualification completed and awarded

Due to COVID-19, we are accepting online versions of the above tests.


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