Foundation Year

Bridging Programme

The Bridging Programme is a 6 week intensive course designed to increase your chances of success in the Foundation Year programme.

The University of Otago Foundation Year Bridging Programme is suitable for you if:

You have an unconditional offer.

  • This means that you meet our academic and English Language entry criteria, however, you may fit one or more of the following criteria:
  • You have been away from study for more than one year.
  • You are beginning subjects that you have not studied before.
  • You feel that extra time would help you prepare for Foundation Year.

You have a conditional offer.

  • This means that you do not meet our academic and/or English Language entry criteria AND:
  • You need to improve your level of English because you have a 5.0 IELTS and need a 5.5 IELTS or a pass in the Upper-Intermediate or Advanced General English course at the University of Otago Language Centre to enter Foundation Year.


  • You have the 5.5 IELTS required for entry but your academic grades are 10% less than what is needed for you to enter Foundation Year. You need to take a Bridging Programme.


  • You do not have a study background in the stream you have indicated you wish to study.

Course outline

Arts and Business/Commerce papers

Course Weekly time allocation
BP601 Academic English 5 - 6 hours
BP602 Computing 2 hours
BP605 Arts 4 hours
BP606 Commerce 10 hours
Total 21-22 hours