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For over 20 years the University of Otago has offered high quality university preparation programmes to transform the lives of domestic and international students. We firmly believe in supporting students of all backgrounds and experiences to succeed in their study goals.

Our pathway and English language programmes offer a highly supportive, motivating and culturally inclusive study environment that enables students to gain the confidence, academic knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen studies.

The University of Otago offers two main pathway qualifications for entry into university bachelor's degree studies; the Diplomas in Arts and Science, and the Foundation Studies Certificate. We also have English language programmes to suit all levels and study plans.


The Diploma in Arts (DipArts) and Diploma in Commerce (DipCom) are targeted qualifications designed for students who have only just missed university entrance requirements. They enable direct progression into the second year of a relevant bachelor's degree programme.

Pathway diplomas

Foundation Studies Certificate

The Foundation Studies Certificate is a university entrance qualification designed for students who seek a supportive preparation year of study, before starting the first year of bachelor's degree studies.

Foundation Studies Certificate

English language programmes

We are a member of English New Zealand, and are proud to offer quality programmes with some of the best English language teachers in the country. No matter your level of English or future study plans, we have a programme to suit you.

English Language Centre

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