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University Foundation Year in New Zealand

Welcome to the University of Otago Foundation Year

 *  Study at the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university and the top ranked university for research quality

*  Learn in a modern and comfortable building on campus at the University of Otago

*  With over 20,000 students, 2,500 international students from 80 countries on campus, you will meet people from all over the world

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*  The university offers many courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Humanities, Health Sciences, Science and Business

*  Foundation Year prepares you for undergraduate degrees in Humanities, Health Sciences, Science and Business

*  Our academic streams are designed to help you prepare for, and gain the knowledge you will need for undergraduate study

*  The streams are:

*  Arts

*  Applied Science

*  Commerce

*  Health Sciences

*  Life Science

Special features:


*  Highly qualified and experienced teachers

*  Friendly, professional staff

*  Diverse student cultures and nationalities including students from New Zealand

*  Fast processing of applications

*  Three intakes per year

*  February and June  - all streams

*  October * all streams but Health Sciences

*  Five week Foundation Year Bridging Courses - January, May and September

*  Non IELTS pathways from the University of Otago Language Centre to the Foundation Year Bridging Course or Foundation Year

*  Small class sizes - 16 students

*  You will find out what it is like to be taught in lecture theatres and laboratories on campus as well as being taught in our comfortable classrooms

*  You will learn how to work and study independently and in small groups

*  You will develop communication, time management and problem solving skills

*  You will learn how to improve your essay writing and research skills

*  You will build on your English language skills by taking our Academic English course

*  You will have free one-on-one consultation times where teachers help you learn new information and study skills

*  Guaranteed places are offered in first year undergraduate courses if you meet all requirements.

*  Courses that have restricted entry have a small number of places available for international students. These courses are Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physical Education and Land Surveying


*  The Foundation Year Certificate (Foundation Studies Certificate) is recognized by all universities in New Zealand and by most Australian universities on a case-by-case basis. Foundation Year will provide any support and documentation required with an application.

*  An online visa service will renew student visas or change a visitor visa to a student

*  Academic advice on future study pathways and career planning

*  Multimedia language laboratory

*  Access to the Internet, our Intranet and email

*  Wireless campus

*  Student Common Room

*  Welcoming Kiwi homestay families

*  Free airport pick up if you stay with a homestay

*  University owned flats or private flats

*  Comprehensive introduction to study and living in Dunedin

*  Dunedin is a safe, attractive city and most homestays are located on bus routes that link to the city and campus

*  Weekly sports and social activities

*  Student ID card gives you access to University of Otago resources including:

*  Information services

*  24-hour computer suites

*  Student health

*  Clubs and societies

*  Gymnasium

*  Discounts on shopping, entertainment and travel

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 525 or NCEA Level 2

FCE: grade B, CAE grade C, CPE: grade C


Or English pathways through our Language Centre

Tuition Fees:

Arts and Commerce - NZ$ 17920

Sciences - NZ$18690

Other Fees:


  Health and Travel Insurance * NZ$390

  Homestay Placement * NZ$210

Homestay per week- NZ$224

Student Services * NZ$250

*Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, Research and Development in New Zealand (Wellington, 2006)

 Tertiary Education Commission, PBRF Quality Evaluation 2006 (Wellington, 2007)

For further information contact:

University of Otago Foundation Year

PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054

New Zealand

Tel:  03 479 5250, Fax: 03 479 5251



We reserve the right to make changes to this flyer without notice. For the most up to date information please visit our website.


For further information contact: 

University of Otago Foundation Year

PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054

New Zealand

Tel:  03 479 5250,

Fax: 03 479 5251




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