Preparing for degree-level study

There are study options available if you have not achieved University Entrance or do not meet undergraduate entry requirements or English language requirements.

Pre-degree programmes

Diploma in Māoritanga/Tohu Māoritanga

Get a foundation in Māori language, culture and society, as well as the academic study skills you need for starting an undergraduate degree.

Diploma in University Studies (Pasifika Pathways)

Engage with Pasifika perspectives and get the foundational skills needed for undergraduate study.

Foundation Studies Programme

Our Foundation Studies Programme will help international students who don’t meet our entry requirements to prepare for undergraduate study.

Introductory courses

If there are courses you want to take but you don’t have the right background from your school studies then we offer introductory or bridging courses.

You don’t need to have completed any previous courses to apply—they’re available to both new and current students, and you’ll gain the necessary requirements and be better prepared for further study in your chosen subject.

To find out if you need to take an introductory course for your degree, contact our liaison officers.

Secondary school students

If you wish to enrol for an introductory course while waiting for your NCEA results, you’ll need to make an application for Discretionary Entrance. Your enrolment for the next year will still depend on you gaining University Entrance and getting the Guaranteed Entry Score.

English language preparation

If English is not your first language, we offer the English for Academic Purposes programme (EAP) to help you become fluent enough to succeed in your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

The EAP is offered both on campus and online, and it is open to international students and domestic students.