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Provided by the University of Otago and Queenstown Resort College (QRC), the Foundation Studies Certificate is taught from the QRC Queenstown campus. These two institutions maintain a high standard of excellence in education and are dedicated to exemplary pastoral care.

The Foundation Studies Certificate combines the expertise of both institutions, providing a perfect starting point for students to receive the necessary English language tuition and foundation academic knowledge required for admission into a New Zealand University.

Delivered over two full time semesters, the Foundation Studies Certificate can be completed within one year of study.

Students will study in one of two streams (Arts or Commerce), with each stream containing ten papers. Both streams include the two compulsory papers, Academic English 1 and 2. Students will develop communication and problem solving skills, equipping them with the knowledge required for undergraduate study.

Upon successful completion, students will meet the academic requirements for University Entrance (UE) for University of Otago undergraduate degrees in Business and Humanities.


Located at the University of Otago Dunedin campus, our building has been designed with teaching in mind, and uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure students get the most out of their studies.

The Foundation Year course welcomes students from over 25 countries. It is a pathway course designed to prepare students for degrees in all four of the University of Otago Divisions - Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.

Teaching is conducted in lecture theatres and laboratories to ensure students feel confident and familiar with the university environment. Additional one-on-one consultations with teachers are also available for students when learning new information and study skills.


Founded in 1869, Otago is New Zealand’s first university and the first choice for more than 20,000 students who enrol here each year. The University enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence, successfully balancing traditions of our history with modern scholarships and research. We offer our students a unique campus lifestyle and a commitment to exceptional pastoral care, through a network of 15 residential colleges and student support services. The Otago culture is built on research-led teaching and learning that reflects the special characteristics of New Zealand together with international academic values.

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