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Foundation Year - Health Science

University of Otago
26 weeks
Full time/part time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
On campus
27 June 2022

About this program

Foundation Year - Health Science

This 26-week program consists of 10 academic papers. Students who successfully complete the two 13-week semesters are awarded the Foundation Studies Certificate which guarantees possible to their chosen University of Otago first-year course (except those with limited intakes). The certificate is recognised by all New Zealand universities as an entrance qualification.

On campus or online

For over 20 years, this program has been transforming the lives of domestic and international students, both on campus in Dunedin – and from 2020 – online from their homes outside of New Zealand.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed GCE O-Levels with 20 Points and below in 5 subjects; International Baccalaureate with 18 Points in 6 subjects (on a scale of 0-7) or any other overseas equivalent qualifications.

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

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Program content

The Health Science stream may lead you to First Year Health Science.

This may lead you to study towards the following university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Application Details

Applicants must submit the completed application form with the following documents: copy of passport photo page; certified copy of academic transcript in English attached (for Foundation Year only); English Test result number (TRF) or transcript to University of Otago Foundation Year, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. Applicants can also email their application form and documents.


Please contact the university for more information regarding tuition fees for this program.

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University of Otago

The University of Otago is New Zealand's first university, having been founded in 1869. The university enjoys an excellent international reputation for its research and teaching. Otago is among the world’s top 1% of universities according to QS World University...

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Why study at University of Otago

Otago’s approachable, world-renowned teaching staff are dedicated to fostering creativity and independence and helping students achieve their visions for the future.

Otago graduates are globally in demand, with 95 percent of graduates going on to employment or further academic studies. Otago’s Social Impact Studio provides volunteering and leadership opportunities, while programmes like Audacious support start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Otago boasts some of the best completion rates for a doctorate or master’s qualification in the world, with exceptional supervisory support.

At Otago, old meets new, from iconic historic buildings to modern, award-winning laboratories and teaching spaces, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

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