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University of Otago Foundation Year


UOLCFY is located in the beautiful city of Dunedin, a city often referred to as “The City of Education” . The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first and oldest University and our Language Centre / Foundation Year offers a pathway for International Students intending to undertake further tertiary study or for students who just want to improve their English.

There are over 23,000 students on campus including 2,500 International Students from over 90 countries. UOLCFY students can enjoy all of the facilities and services available in our world renowned University. Quality is important at UOLCFY with students impressed with the teaching they receive and also with the world class facilities.

We are also close to Central Otago, New Zealand’s leading adventure playground.

Contact University of Otago Foundation Year
Physical address

University Plaza Building One, 130 Anzac Avenue
9016 Dunedin
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Phone numbers

64 3 479 5250

  • Number of students: 500
  • Number of international students: 380
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • English language
  • Pathways to Undergraduate/ Foundation programs
  • Certificate IV

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Halls of Residence
  • Homestay
  • Onsite apartments

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Mosque
  • Muslim Prayer Space
Dunedin and Coastal Otago is a region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.

The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin. A must see are the mysterious Moeraki boulders.

Start at the north. New Zealand's Waitaki district is a place of haunting natural beauty with green pastures and small picture-book fishing villages. Stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing townscape that towers over a modest community.

Dunedin is New Zealand's city of the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; equally so, the natural attractions. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.

Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te Anau.
Main centres: 

Dunedin, Oamaru


Balclutha, Milton, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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