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Welcome from the Foundation Year Academic Manager

I joined the University of Otago Foundation Year as Academic Manager in April 2014 and since the very first day have found it a great pleasure to be working here.  Having been involved in International Education for almost 20 years now, it is something I am passionate about.   Although my past involvement in international programmes has always been extremely positive and exciting, I am still incredibly impressed by the quality of teaching, care, support and facilities here at the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year. The friendly, family atmosphere that exists here and the obvious pride which students and staff alike, take in their daily schedules is palpable as soon as you enter the impressive University Plaza Building.  It is indeed a great pleasure to work amongst such wonderful staff and students. Please take the time to say hello when you see me around.  Dunedin is a great city for students and the University of Otago is one of the world’s best. I believe the education you will experience here cannot be bettered anywhere else. Work hard but take the time to enjoy your experience here in Dunedin. - 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.

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

Classes are taught on campus, with students using 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.


Meet some of our past students



Further information about Foundation Year