FAQs

Admission and Visa

What does AFY stand for?
Auckland Foundation Year.

What is the minimum age limit to apply for AFY?
Students must be 16 years old to enrol.

What is the minimum age limit to enter the universities?

  • AUT: Minimum age when study begins: 16 for domestic students, 18 for international students. Additional conditions apply for younger students. For more information, click here.
  • Massey University: Students should be 16 years of age by the start of their study. Special permission for exceptionally able and mature students younger than 16 years of age may be granted by the Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) but this is very unusual. Prospective students and their parents or guardians should contact the University for further information.
  • The University of Auckland: You normally must have reached the age of 16 years by 31 December in the year preceding that in which admission is sought to be eligible for admission to the University of Auckland. For information on the criteria for consideration for applicants under the age of 16, see Underage applicants.

Can I enrol in AFY after completing Year 11 at high school in my home country?
We have academic entry requirements for each country. Find out more about the application process.

What is the process for students whose English is less than IELTS 5.0?
If your IELTS score is 4.5 and you meet the academic entry requirements (link) you will be able to enrol in the Extended Foundation programme, which consists of two academic terms of preparatory coursework inclusive of five compulsory subjects. The final four terms consist of the standard foundation programme.

If your IELTS score is lower than 4.5 but you meet the academic entry requirements for foundation, you can enrol in the English Language Programme (ELP) to improve your English level. Once you pass the ELP course you will transfer into the AFY course the following intake.

Can New Zealand citizen and PR holders enrol in the AFY program?
Yes. Universities New Zealand has approved that permanent residents and citizens can pathway from AFY to university. However, there are some entry requirements for domestic applicants. As well as the regular requirements, the student must be either be:

  • 18 years of age at the start of course or;
  • Have completed NCEA Level 3 (Year 13) at a NZ high school.

Fees for domestic students are different than those from domestic students. Please contact the campus for more the most up-to-date fees for domestic applicants.

Can Australian citizen enter AFY?
Yes. Australian citizens and PR holders have the same rights as New Zealanders. See above for entry requirement.

Can students package their visa with the university degree?
No. In New Zealand this is not permitted. The student needs to change their visa for the university course. All universities have an online visa renewal service which is very quick, affordable, and easy so they can change their visa at the university campus.

If a student is studying at a high school in New Zealand or another institution, is it easy to transfer to the AFY program?
Yes. If the student has good attendance (over 95%) and accepts the AFY offer, we can help them transfer their visa to AFY through our online visa renewal service. This service is quicker and cheaper (NZD) than going directly to Immigration New Zealand.

Is there any other option when students are not able to meet the English requirements for the foundation programme?
The Taylors ELP English Programme is structured to prepare students for Foundation. If a student does not meet the English requirements for Foundation study, they should take ELP English before the Foundation programme.The ELP is delivered in 12 week blocks with set start dates. However students can enter ELP during a block (charged on a weekly basis) but must be followed by a 12 week block. ELP cannot be studied for less than 12 weeks.


Application Procedure

Can you issue a conditional offer based on exam result of Senior Year 2 (China)?
Yes.

For tuition payment, how much do we charge when a student confirms their offer? What are the instalment amounts?
For the most up-to-date information about fees and instalment dates, visit our “Fees” page.

Who are the key Admissions contacts for AFY applications?
To apply directly to the AFY program, complete the application form and send it to our Admissions Centre at the address below, along with the supporting documents.

If you have an enquiry about the application process, contact the Admissions department by sending an e-mail to anziscadmissions@studygroup.com


Recognition and Benefits of AFY

Do other NZ and Australian universities recognise AFY?
Yes. AFY prepares you to enter one of our three New Zealand partner universities – AUT University, Massey University and the University of Auckland – where you can successfully complete the undergraduate degree of your choice. As well as our three partner universities, all other universities in New Zealand and Australian universities recognise the AFY qualifications.

Can students’ pathway to universities in UK, USA or other countries outside Australasia?
AFY students have progressed to institutions in the UK, USA, Europe, amongst others. We are happy to help by sending information to the university about our programme and a letter of recommendation for the student.

Why should I do the Auckland Foundation Year program?
We have high success rates every year. In 2014, 96% of AFY students received an offer from a tertiary institute. Among them, 95% graduates received offers from our three partner universities – AUT University, Massey University, or the University of Auckland.


Courses and Campus

What is the average class size?
We have small classes. Art class is the smallest, which is between eight and 12, Classical Studies is up to 20, both Economics and Accounting have a maximum of 25 students in a class.

What time will I start and finish school?
The time you start and finish depends on your individual timetable. You will study five hours a day except Wednesday (tutorial in the morning or afternoon), with classes usually starting at 9.00am and finishing at 5.00pm

Will I have a chance to visit universities?
Absolutely! During your year with us, you will become familiar with our partner universities by touring their campuses and attending lectures and university open days. Staff from each university visits Taylors College New Zealand to talk to you about their courses and answer any other questions you may have. This first-hand experience will make it easier for you to decide which university you want to attend once your AFY programme is finished.

Can I change a subject or my timetable once I have started the AFY programme?
Requests will be individually assessed and are not guaranteed. We will, however, do our utmost to accommodate your request if possible to do so.

How many credits do students need to gain?
AFY uses a scoring system. The AFY score includes the best four subjects, with the maximum score being 400. In order to be accepted by each university partner, you will have to achieve an AFY score specific to the course you are aiming for at university, as well as the English level entry requirement.

For further information on the minimum academic and English entry requirements for entry to degree programmes at our partner universities, please check the links below:

Can I repeat the course if I don’t make the grade required for university admission?
Yes. We have a 20 week post-foundation programme. The Academic Director must approve your entry based on attendance and your motivation to study. You can start in July (join the January Standard program) or January (join the July Standard program).

If I only need to repeat a few subjects in post-foundation, can I do that?
Yes. If you have passed some subjects but not others, you can re-enrol for those subjects. Your score will then be calculated from the best scores across the required subjects.

Who will teach the course?
The AFY programme symbolises academic quality and on-going professional support – continuously demonstrated by our annual success rate.

All teachers are qualified with many years’ experience. Many of our teachers have been Heads of Departments, Senior Teachers, Deputy Principals and Principals at high schools before coming to teach at the Auckland Foundation Year program. In addition to that, personalised timetable, smaller tutorial sizes, online learning, and well-equipped are provided.

Our staff is also highly skilled in dealing with the needs and requirements of international students.


Welfare and Support

What is the Code of Practice?
The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 provides a framework for education providers to ensure a high standard of care and wellbeing is maintained for international students while they live and study in New Zealand. Education agents are also required to follow the Code.

Taylors College takes the Code of Practice very seriously and always follow the guidelines.

Download a copy of the Code of Practice

Why should I stay with a Homestay family?
Homestay is the perfect option for students who want to experience New Zealand culture and lifestyle, and the security of home surroundings. You will benefit from a warm family environment by living with carefully selected hosts who are experienced in looking after overseas students. All hosts have been given police clearance, and their homes are inspected before students are placed there.

Homestay involves staying in a private home as the paying guest of a host. In addition to being provided with meals, you will also receive your own room with a bed, wardrobe, desk, lamp and chair. A telephone and laundry are also available for you.

You will travel between 20-40 minutes to school by public transport depending on the family’s location. If you’d like to ensure you are a little closer to campus then Homestay Central is a great choice for you.

What if I don’t like my homestay, can I change?
If you are unhappy in your homestay or have any issues, please come and talk to the Homestay Coordinator. She will talk through the issues with you and if needed contact the homestay family. If you are still not happy or the problem cannot be resolved we will of course change you to a new family. Many issues are minor and can be resolved by communication with the homestay family.

If you want to change or leave the homestay but have no good reason, you will have to give the family two weeks’ notice.

As I am under 18 years of age do I have to stay in homestay arranged by Taylors College New Zealand?
Yes, however if you have a close relative who lives in Auckland and you wish to arrange accommodation, an application with a completed Designated Caregiver (DCG) Nomination form, a copy of the DCG’s passport and a completed Police vetting consent form must be sent through to before your arrival.  

Taylors College has an obligation to meet the requirements in accordance with compliance of the Code of Practice. We prefer to contact your parents directly rather than your agent when we can. At times we do require the assistance and cooperation of the agent, as the school and agent have joint responsibilities for your wellbeing.

Can a student under 18 years of age stay in Unilodge, Empire Apartment or City Lodge?
No.

How do I go about requesting accommodation?
Our enrolments officers will present you with all the options and pricing. You will then need to complete an Accommodation Booking Form.