University of Otago Foundation Year

The Foundation Year certificate is a university entry qualification recognised by all New Zealand universities. There is a strong emphasis on English language skills while preparing you for undergraduate degrees in Humanities, Health Sciences, Science and Business.

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Pacific Foundation Programme Scholarship

Lauhala MatThe University of Otago Foundation Year offers a Pacific Foundation Programme Scholarship for New Zealand high school leavers of Pacific descent. The scholarship is to study the health science course at Foundation Year to prepare students for further studies at University in the Health Science First Year or other health related programmes.

Tū Kahika Programme Scholarship

Tu Kahika ProgrammeThe University of Otago Tū Kahika Scholarship is a two semester (from February to October) Health Sciences programme. Tū Kahika is run within Foundation Year, and prepares Māori students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Māori health. As a Tū Kahika student, you will receive guaranteed accommodation in a Residential College, and financial assistance towards your tuition fees and accommodation costs. The name Tū Kahika comes from a southern variation on the name of the kahikatea tree, which grows well with the support of others around it.