Pathway studies

Foundation Studies - Programme delivery

Partnered with the leading university in New Zealand, the University of Auckland International College has been delivering the Foundation programme for more than 20 years on behalf of the University of Auckland. All teachers are trained and registered with the Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Study English at English Language Academy (ELA)

The ELA is part of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand.

ELA teachers use a communicative language teaching approach, where interaction and communication are the main aims of study. Lessons involve active learning through pair and group work, in which teachers facilitate communication and provide you with every opportunity to practice your language skills.

Meet Vi Nguyen from International College

Vi Nguyen (Vietnam), our student ambassador, who is currently studying Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Structural Engineering and successfully progressed from The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies programme at UP International College.

Meet our University of Auckland International College Alumni

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3) programme is your first step towards studying a Bachelor or higher degree with University of Auckland.

Our integrated approach to Foundation Studies means that this is your first step as a University of Auckland student.

The Story of Bew from English Language Academy

Hear from Bew, a current ELA student and a recent graduate with a PhD graduate in Chemical Engineering. Bew shares her experience studying English at ELA and how it has helped her develop her English skills for living in New Zealand.

Jenny's Story from English Language Academy

Jenny is a former ELA Pathway student who went on to graduate from the University of Auckland. Now she is an Accounting Manager here in New Zealand. Watch her story and perhaps someday we can share yours too!

Why Lisa choose to study Foundation programme at UoAIC?

Lisa is now study at University of Auckland in her 3rd year of Bachelor of Arts. She was a student from an international school in China, but she chose to join foundation programme at University of Auckland International College as a pathway to her dream school and dream degree. Why she made such a decision and how she found her experience? Click the video to learn about her journey.

The University of Auckland International College Launch Event

The University of Auckland in partnership with UP Education has launched the University of Auckland International College in December 2021, unveiling a refurbished teaching facility at 345 Queen Street, a stone’s throw from the University Central City Campus.

Craig Jones, CEO of University Partnerships at UP Education says: “To prepare for a new era of international education, we have invested in a purpose-designed education facility with uniquely Aotearoa influences, providing a safe, modern and welcoming space for international students to excel."

ELA - Welcome Message From ELA Director

This is a welcome message from Paul O'Farrell, our Director at the University of Auckland's English Language Academy. We extend our hand of friendship and our manaakitanga to anyone who wants to improve their English skills for further study at the University of Auckland or for everyday life.We know that choosing to study in another country is a huge decision. You can be assured that ELA is here to help you.

ELA University Pathway Courses Introduction

Explore ELA's dynamic English language program at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Learn through online resources, collaborate with peers, and receive valuable feedback for academic success. Enjoy comprehensive support and guidance on your path to English-speaking university readiness. Elevate your language skills with ELA!

ELA Campus & Study Facilities Vlog | Maria (Colombia)

With a background in Human Resources, Maria Fernanda traveled from Colombia to study General English and TESOL (TKT) at the ELA. Follow her around the ELA campus as she takes you through a day of classes and study.



International College Prospectus


Minimum academic and English language requirements


ELA Prospectus


IELTS Test Preparation


ELA course overview



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