Pre-degree programme admissions

How admissions work for the Certificate in Foundation Studies, the Diploma in University Studies (Pasifika Pathways), and the Tohu Māoritanga.

If you do not have a University Entrance qualification, you can apply to study for a pre-degree programme.

Certificate in Foundation Studies

The Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme is taught by UP International College and offers successful students guaranteed entry into Victoria University of Wellington’s undergraduate programmes.

UP International College is conveniently located in the Wellington Railway Building in Central Wellington, a short walk from the University. The central location allows you easy access to public transport, accommodation, shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Find out more about the Certificate in Foundation Studies programme and details on how to apply.

Diploma in University Studies (Pasifika Pathways)

The Diploma in University Studies/Pasifika Pathways is a one-year full-time diploma programme taught in a shared learning environment that foregrounds Pasifika perspectives. The programme is designed to help you transition to degree study at university.

The programme draws on expertise from the Pasifika community and is intended to develop your cultural knowledge as well as the academic skills required for university.

Find out more about the Diploma in University Studies/Pasifika Pathways programme and details on how to apply.

Tohu Māoritanga

The Tohu Māoritanga/Diploma in Māoritanga is designed to provide students with a foundation in Māori language, culture, and society, and the academic study skills needed for tertiary study.

A University Entrance qualification is not required. The Tohu Māoritanga can be completed in one full year of academic study (February–November).

Find out more about the Tohu Māoritanga/Diploma in Māori Studies programme and details on how to apply.