Foundation Year

Enrollment Information

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet English language and academic requirements for admission.

Download the application form.

International Academic Requirements:



Minimum Standard

International Qualifications GCE O-Levels 2 B and 2 C grades or equivalent Aggregate
International Baccalaureate 21 in 6 subjects (average 3.5 on 1-7 scale)
Australia NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent TER 50
Year 11 or equivalent Superior grades
Brazil Certificado de Conclusao de 2 Grau Superior pass
Secondary Year 11 Superior pass
Chile Licencia de Educaion Media Good pass
Grades 1-4 in Senior Secondary School Good pass
China (Senior 3)
Year 12
(Senior 2)
Year 11 (completed)
Fiji School Leaving Certificate Form 6 65% in 4 subjects
Hong Kong HKCEE
Form 5
2 C & 2 D grades or equivalent
Score of 11 points over 5 best subjects
Form 5 school based assessment considered
India All India Senior School Certificate Grade C2 in 4 subjects
Indian School Certificate Second division pass
Higher School Certificate (+ 2) Good second division pass
Indonesia SMU 3 70%
SMU 2 80%
Japan General Upper Secondary School Year 3 Grade 3 average
General Upper Secondary School Year 2 Superior grades
Jordan General Secondary Education Certificate 75% average overall
Korea Senior High School Year 3 Grade C
Senior High School Year 2 Superior grades
Malaysia SPM (or Forecast) Grade 4 average over 5 subjects
UEC Grade 6 average over 5 subjects
New Zealand

NCEA Level 2/3 or Form 6/Bursary

Applications assessed on a case by case basis
Oman Secondary School Leaving Certificate 75% overall
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate Grade B in 5 subjects
Russia Certificate Secondary Education Grade 4 average
Taiwan Senior High School Year 3 Grade B
Senior High School Year 2 Superior grades
Thailand Matayom 6 Grade 2.5 academic or Grade 3 vocational
Matayom 5 Superior grades
Vietnam Completion of High School GPA 6

English Language requirements:


Required Result

IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.0)
iBT TOEFL 70 (with a writing score of 15)
TOEFL (Paper-Based) 525
TOEFL (Computer-Based) 196
Cambridge FCE Grade B
Cambridge CAE Grade C
Cambridge CPE Grade C
GCE O-Level English C6
GCE O-Level English D7
HK CEE (English Syllabus B) 3
HK ALE (Use of English) D7
SPM Bahasa Inggeris 4

Admissions will assess your application based on several factors. The application form must be completed correctly and all supporting documents supplied.

Candidates who do not meet the entry criteria for the Foundation Year will be issued a Conditional Offer requiring them to attend the Bridging Programme.

General Information

If you need additional English tuition before starting the Foundation Year, or wish to sit an IELTS, TOEFL iBT, TOEIC[D1]  or Cambridge Mainsuite test in Dunedin, please see further information about English language tuition at the University of Otago Language Centre.

Our Admissions team will assess your application based on several factors.

First of all, the application form must be completed correctly.

Depending on the stream you intend to study, we will check the academic transcripts you have sent us to determine if you have achieved the required level to participate in the programme.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, we will offer you a conditional offer which would require you to go through our Bridging Programme.

If your English language level does not meet the required level then you can join our Bridging program and follow that pathway to Foundation Year.

Along with your application we also suggest sending us a cover letter, written by yourself, outlining why you want to study with us and how you can apply yourself to the academic challenges ahead.

A letter of recommendation from a previous teacher or employer would boost your case too.

  • Apply today

    1. Complete the Application Form and all necessary documentation
    2. Submit via email to the Admissions team via email at 
    3. Complete an interview with the Programme Leader