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Welcome from the Foundation Year Academic Manager

Garry_thumbnailI warmly welcome you to the University of Otago Foundation Year, a place where you can make a fresh start in order to gain the confidence, academic skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen undergraduate degree.

At Foundation Year the staff are committed to providing you with the highest quality education, provided by expert teachers who support every student to develop to their full potential. A feature of our lecture and tutorial classes is the pleasing blend of both international and domestic students. You will make friends for life during your ‘foundy experience’.

Teaching staff are complemented by a strong student support team, who understand that every individual has unique needs. They also offer a varied programme of social activities.

The University of Otago campus lifestyle is second to none. As a Foundation Year student you have full access to campus facilities such as state of art libraries, modern gymnasia and student cafes.

Your academic success is our top priority. Our pathway programmes have transformed the lives of thousands of students from New Zealand and around the world for more than 20 years. Why not come and join us?
- Garry Chronican, Foundation Year Academic Manager

Foundation Year will prepare you for the academic world

The University of Otago Foundation Year offers a university entrance qualification, called the Foundation Studies Certificate (FSC), which is recognised by all New Zealand universities.

We have always taken pride in delivering high quality education to both international and domestic students.

Foundation Year will prepare you for all undergraduate degrees offered at the University of Otago through the four academic divisions – Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences.

Students who join us on our beautiful campus enjoy the same facilities as University of Otago students. Our main building is world-class and you will be impressed with the facilities, teaching and support given to all Foundation Year students.

Online Foundation Year

From 2020, you may be able to start your pathway to the university by studying Foundation Year online.

While classes will continue to be taught on campus as usual, online study is available to international students who are not residing in New Zealand.

As an online student, you will experience the same high-quality teaching and learning as your on-campus classmates. You will develop the academic skills and confidence to succeed in your future studies at Otago.


Meet some of our past students


Further information about Foundation Year