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Gain the confidence, academic skills and knowledge to succeed in your undergraduate studies at the University of Otago, or at another New Zealand university.

The University of Otago Foundation Studies Certificate is a university entrance qualification that can be completed within two 13-week semesters and is open to domestic and international students. This is a NZQF Level 4 qualification.

The Foundation Studies Certificate is the ideal pathway programme for students who do not meet university entrance requirements, but who have a strong desire to achieve a university degree and seek a supportive environment to achieve that goal.

The Foundation Studies Certificate comprises a carefully paced series of courses which give students a solid foundation of academic knowledge, study skills and the confidence to succeed at university.

Foundation Studies Certificate subject areas and intakes

There are four main subject streams for the Foundation Studies Certificate. Each stream prepares you for a smooth progression from pathway studies into your chosen undergraduate degree.

  • Health Sciences – February and June intakes
  • Sciences – February, June and October intakes
  • Business – February, June and October intakes
  • Arts/Humanities – February, June and October intakes

Details about the subject study options

Entry requirements

The academic and English language entry requirements for the Foundation Studies Certificate are listed on this webpage:

Foundation Studies Certificate entry requirements

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, the Bridging Programme may be an option for you. This is a short course to support students who require additional preparation and confidence before starting the Foundation Studies Certificate.

Bridging programme

Our English Language Centre offers a range of courses to help students who need to improve their English language proficiency before commencing pathway studies.

English Language Centre

Dates and tuition fees

Dates and fees – Pathway and English Language Centre

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