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Source: UC International College and CCEL

There are many reasons why Australia and New Zealand are proving to be popular among international students. 

One powerful factor is the selection of high-quality pathway programmes that both countries offer.

With more than eight ANZ universities featured in the Top 100 QS World Universities 2020 ranking, to study here is to potentially kickstart their education in these exemplary institutions. 

Secondly, New Zealand and Australia both offer stunning natural landscapes and thriving capital cities to explore.

For instance, New Zealand is home to the renowned Tongariro National Park which has three active volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings” films) and Ruapehu. 

And Australia is where students get to explore the world’s largest coral reef system, otherwise known as the Great Barrier Reef, among many other natural wonders. 

In addition, a total of nine student ANZ destinations were featured in the Top 100 QS Best Student Cities in the World for 2019

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Source: University of Adelaide College

These student city rankings were based on indicators such as: university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and student view. 

Their strong performance in these rankings underscore the overall popularity of ANZ study destinations, and their suitability for international student pathway programmes.

Here are four pathway programmes that are currently available at ANZ universities:


UC International College (UCIC) and CCEL College of English take pathway-style programmes one step further by offering a truly embedded and supportive experience for international students looking to study at the world-class University of Canterbury (UC).

Designed for student support and academic success, UCIC’s flagship University Transfer Programmes (UTP’s) in Commerce, Science, Engineering and Product Design allow students to begin the first year of their degree direct from high school.

These UTPs are equivalent to the first year of University of Canterbury’s Bachelor degrees.

After successfully completing your chosen UTP, you’ll carry on with the second year of your degree at the University of Canterbury.

For Sarra Amalia Binti Zainurin from Malaysia, the UTP programme matched her study aspirations perfectly.

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Source: UC International College and CCEL

“I just finished high school and the UTP enabled me to start my Bachelor’s studies straight away,” she says.

UC International College also offers the Foundation Studies Certificate and short Study Abroad options for students looking to transition to a University of Canterbury degree.

Students who require English Language support prior to entering UC or UCIC can do so through CCEL College of English, one of New Zealand’s premier English language schools.

All programmes are delivered on the University of Canterbury’s campus, so students not only have access to world-class facilities and services, but also benefit from the personalised attention and support of an international college.

So, if you’re searching for a fast-track degree pathway into one of New Zealand’s most prestigious universities, find out how to apply to UCIC or CCEL today.


The Foundation Year at Monash College Australia is a pathway programme that prepares you for success at Monash University.

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Source: Monash College

This is where students can find a highly supportive study environment where learning skills advisers, student counsellors, careers advisers and library staff are always ready to help.

For Monash College graduate Sovannlee Jimmy Bunche from Thailand, the Foundation Year’s variety of subjects turned out to be a big plus for him.

“I definitely recommend studying maths as part of Foundation Year, because it opened up many choices for my destination degree,” he said.

“The teachers have also been very encouraging and supportive. They have taught me to be more of an independent learner.”

For further information about this Foundation Year at Monash College, click here


The Foundation Studies Certificate at Taylors College in Auckland, New Zealand is another popular choice among international students.

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Source: Taylors College Auckland

One reason is that once you’ve acquired this Certificate, you will go on to study at the University (provided you meet the entry requirements for your intended degree programme).

Another reason is the opportunity to join the English Language Preparation scheme before starting your Foundation programme. This scheme boosts your confidence and your English language skills before you enter university. 

As Foundation Year graduate Thames from Thailand says, “The teachers at Taylors College are really helpful. If you don’t understand anything, you can always ask them, and they’re always there to help.”

The Taylor’s Foundation Studies Certificate also grants you the opportunity to visit the university campus for a day of lectures, tours and talks

So if you want to be introduced to student life at The University of Auckland, click here for further information about the Certificate.


Heard good things about and want to study at the Australian city of Adelaide? Then this Foundation Studies Programme (FSP) may be the perfect choice. 

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Source: University of Adelaide College

It’s a one-of-a-kind partnership with the University of Adelaide – this means once you’ve successfully completed this programme, you’ll be guaranteed a direct pathway to all Bachelor degrees at the University of Adelaide, which is part of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight.

According to Axia Tiara Sura Tilletson from Malaysia, the FSP was the ideal start to her Australian study abroad ambitions. 

“The classes helped me create a strong foundation for university and to improve my English and confidence in public speaking. It was great preparation for university presentations and class participation,” she says.

To find out more about the University of Adelaide pathway programme, click here

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International

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