Are you planning to study abroad? Well, look no further than New Zealand — a country full of diverse cultures, vibrant cities, beautiful scenery and welcoming people. It’s a place with a great quality of life where you’re set to make greater memories — a fact Chinese student Kyle can confirm.
“Growing up in a big city and living in the concrete jungle, I wanted to try something different. I wanted to try a chilled lifestyle and some outdoor activities — New Zealand sounded like a good destination for me,” says Kyle.
It doesn’t take long for international students to discover how safe, peaceful and happy New Zealand is. According to the Global Peace Index 2021, New Zealand is the second most peaceful country in the world — something you’ll notice the moment you arrive. This is thanks to the country’s unique cultural value — “Kaitiakitanga” — which strives to care for the world. Education, lifestyle, creativity and innovative industries all embrace this forward-looking value — little wonder the country is well-respected and internationally recognised.
In Auckland, you’ll get an exciting mix of city life, relaxed beaches, beautiful surrounds and adventure. Located on the North Island, Auckland is one of the most liveable cities in the world — it is one of the top three cities for quality of life, thanks to its enviable lifestyle and low cost of living. Vietnamese student Clara loves every moment of her time here.
“I really enjoy going to the Viaduct. It’s an amazing place with a lot of food and ice cream. It’s really peaceful and you get to see all the beautiful yachts. I think because we are such a large group of friends, sitting in that busy place, eating ice cream and talking is actually good,” said Clara.
Clara is now pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, after completing the Auckland Foundation Year (now replaced by the Foundation Studies Certificate) at Taylors College Auckland.
Taylors College Auckland offers a modern learning environment and all the academic, technical and personal support you need to join an undergraduate degree at New Zealand’s finest university. Clara can attest to this.
“Taylors College Auckland gave me a really good foundation, friends-wise and education-wise with teaching and study techniques. It helped a lot to get me to where I am now, confident and studying,” says Clara.
The innovative one-year Foundation Studies Certificate programme — delivered on behalf of the University of Auckland — is designed for students who may not meet the admission requirements and are looking for support that will guarantee them a smooth entry to the University of Auckland or other universities in New Zealand, Australia and beyond.
Here, students explore the English language and four elective subjects of interest — depending on what they plan to study at the University of Auckland. They have an extensive range of subjects to choose from, including Accounting, Art, Biology, Classical Studies, Chemistry, Economics Geography, Information Technology, Maths and Physics.
The programme has intakes throughout the year. Students can choose from two programme lengths — standard (four terms) or intensive (three terms) — depending on their academic grades and English level. Students’ success is strong with nearly 80% of students receiving an offer to undergraduate studies.
The offerings continue. Taylors College Auckland has state-of-the-art facilities such as an art and design studio, computer laboratories, science laboratories, and a comprehensive library. In addition, you’ll have access to all the clubs, societies, facilities and learning resources at the University of Auckland too, so you’ll have all you need to achieve your best.
At every step of the way, teachers will be there to support you. They are highly skilled in guiding international students and there is a dedicated team of multilingual student welfare staff.
“I chose to study at Taylors College Auckland because I’ve seen the alumni doing well at university,” says Indonesian student Valerie. “The teachers are supportive and guide you to help solve your problems.”
That’s not all. At the #1 university in New Zealand for graduate employability, you are given a boost to your future career — with a career development programme, you’ll gain highly employable skills. Students also complete CareerQuest — a programme created by the New Zealand government to help them identify university courses and potential careers.
The best part? As a Taylors College Auckland student, you’ll be part of the University of Auckland from your very first day. You have the opportunity to discover more about the world-class institution as students get to visit the campus for lectures, tours and talks, all of which provide an insight into their degree options and university life.
Discover how your story begins at Taylors College Auckland here.