University Of Otago Foundation Year

I 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.

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