Pacific Foundation Programme (PFP)

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What is the Pacific Foundation Programme (PFP)?

The Pacific Foundation Programme (PFP) supports New Zealand high school leavers of Pacific descent as they prepare for the academic and social challenges of their first year at university, and a future career in health. Students in the PFP study the Health Science course at the University of Otago Foundation Year which runs for 33 weeks. The next course begins on Monday 24 February 2014.

The PFP prepares and equips students with the knowledge and tools that will assist them in either Health Sciences First Year the following year, or other health-related programmes. Students are given the opportunity to practise material they might have covered at high school, while slowly being introduced to material similar to that at university level. Students also learn to address the many barriers that Pacific students face when they leave home for the first time to study at Otago.

This pre-university year provides students with the grounding needed to smooth the transition from high school to university. They are supported throughout the Foundation Year to build on study techniques, learn new coping strategies, become familiar with university life and most importantly build their confidence.

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What are the benefits?

PFP StudentsSuccessful applicants for the Pacific Foundation Programme receive financial assistance towards their Foundation Year tuition fees and accommodation costs. Students are given a guaranteed place in a University of Otago residential Hall.

As part of the Pacific Foundation Programme students study the Foundation Year Health Science course with a group of Pacific students with the hope that this support group continues throughout your university studies.

The Pacific Foundation Programme can help prepare you for a pathway into:

Who can apply for this programme?

New Zealand Pacific students with:

How do you apply?

Applications for 2014 have now closed.

For further information please contact:

Talai Mapusua
Pacific Foundation Programme Coordinator
University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year
0800 80 80 98 (Ext 5256)
03 479 5256 (Direct)


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