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Foundation Studies Certificate - Arts/Humanities

This course is available


Level of Study

Foundation Course


26 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre


Gain the confidence, academic skills and knowledge to succeed in your undergraduate studies at Otago, or at another New Zealand university. In the Foundation Studies Certificate, you will focus on one main area of study – this is your stream. Within each stream you will take ten papers, including two compulsory English papers.

On campus or online

For over 20 years, this programme 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.

Whether online or on campus, Foundation Studies Certificate students enjoy the same high-quality teaching and learning experience, where all students are supported to develop the academic skills and confidence to succeed in their future studies.

The Arts stream may lead you to study towards the following university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Performing Arts

There are limited places available in the second year of the Bachelor of Laws. Entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Laws is competitive and is based on the grades achieved in the Bachelor of Laws (First Year).

This programme is conditional upon you fulfilling the various academic, English and other requirements specific to the programme.

The Bridging programme is available which is a 6 week course designed to increase your chances of success in the Pathway programme. It is run three times a year (February, June or October).

Entry criteria

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 - 5.5 (without any band below 5.0); IELTS Online - 5.5 (without any band below 5.0); iBT TOEFL - 70 (with a writing score of 15). TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2023 intakes; 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 A-Level English - D7; HK CEE (English Syllabus B) - 3; HK ALE (Use of English) - D7; LanguageCert - B2; SPM Bahasa Inggeris - B+; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36. Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 22022 and 2023 intakes; English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment - Level 1; NZCEL - NZCEL 3 Academic endorsement.

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