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The University of Otago Queenstown Resort College Foundation Year Certificate is delivered over two full time semesters. Successful completion of the programme will meet the academic requirements for University entrance for undergraduate degrees in Business/Commerce and Humanities.

In the Foundation Year students will study in one of two streams (Arts or Business/Commerce), with each stream containing ten papers. Both streams include Academic English, Foundations of Computing and Introduction to Marketing.

Being delivered in Queenstown, Foundation Year allows for a world leading study experience.

Term 1 Term 2
Arts Course
Academic English I Academic English II
Foundations of Computing Applications of Computing
Ecomonics Geography
International Studies - Historical Perspective International Studies - Contemporary Environment
Term 1 Term 2
Commerce Course
Academic English I Academic English II
Economics Business
Mathematics for Commerce Applications of Computing
Introduction to Managment Introduction of Marketing
Introduction to Business Finance Introduction to Accounting
Extra English 3 hours both terms.
Extra Mathematics 2 hours term 1 ONLY.
Consultation time 1 hour per week per subject.


Students will develop communication and problem solving skills equipping them with the knowledge required for successful undergraduate study.

The Arts stream may lead to these university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Education

The Business/Commerce stream may lead to these university degrees:

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Tourism
  • Bachelor of Arts

If there are insufficient numbers to run a paper, students will be offered other options or they may withdraw from the course with a full refund of fees.

Please find a copy of the Otago University QRC Foundation Year Policy here.

How will I be assessed at Foundation Year?

Precise assessment details are different for each paper, and students will be given full information when the paper starts.

General Assessment

  • Every paper is assessed using a mixture of internal assessment and a final exam.
  • The proportions of internal assessment to exam assessment are different for each paper, but the final exam will always count for at least 60% of the final mark.
  • For each paper, you will receive a final percentage, and a corresponding grade.
  • Each grade has a points value, and this is used to calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Your GPA is the final result for your programme of study.
  • To gain entrance to university, you must achieve a final GPA of 6.5 or more, and achieve a C grade or better across Academic English I and Academic English II. This equates to a “C” average in every one of your papers.
  • At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Results. This will list all of your papers and the results, along with your GPA.
  • Throughout the course you will receive regular feedback to indicate your progress.

Internal assessment

Each paper is different, but internal assessment may include:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Final exams are usually formal, written exams, and most are two hours long. Types of questions may include multiple choice, short answer, and long answer.

Queenstown Community

Both QRC and Otago University have a reputation for excellence and are bound by the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care. World class facilities, including a purpose built campus, Halls of Residence’s along with industry leading faculty and operational staff means that students are equipped with the resources and support services to ensure positive outcomes are attained.

A key advantage to an education in Queenstown is the opportunity to gain part time employment while studying. Employment options for multi lingual speakers are plentiful. QRC has exceptional connections with the business community to assist with this.


  • Computer suite
  • Resource and research library
  • Student café
  • Executive facilities
  • Modern software applications
  • High speed wireless network throughout the campus

Services and Accommodation

QRC is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved Category 1 Provider. The College strives for continuous improvement, meaning special attention is given to enhancing the student experience. All students have access to facilities and services, including library, computer suite, café, student discounts and memberships.

Assistance is always on hand if help is required with:

  • Student Visas
  • Insurance
  • Study Support
  • Pastoral Care
  • Organising activities
  • Accommodation

Queenstown offers a range of accommodation options, including – Halls of Residence, Home Stays, or independent living for all students.

QRC’s Student Relations Manager helps students identify what option is best for them.

The Halls of Residence offers comfortable, warm studio apartment accommodation for students which contain either 1 king bed or 2 single beds on request. Rooms will always be warm and comfortable, with central heating. Public transport helps students to the campus.

Entry Requirements

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

Download the application form.

International Academic Requirements
Country Qualification Minimum Standard
International Qualifications GCE O-Levels 2 B and 2 C grades or equivalent
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 Second division pass
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 Grade
Malaysia SPM (or Forecast) Grade 4 average over 5 suvjects
UEC Grade 6 average over 5 subjects
New Zealand NCEA Level 2/3 or Form 6/Bursary

Applications assessed on a case by base 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
Test Required Results
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 admissions@qrc.ac.nz
  3. Complete an interview with the Programme Leader

Tuition Fees

(International Students)

Bridging Programme Cost
Tuition $2,699
Compulsory Health and Travel Insurance $186
Student services fee (non-refundable) $135
Total $23,771
Foundation Year Cost
Tuition $22,670
Compulsory Health and Travel Insurance 9 Months $351
Student Service Fee (Non-Refundable) $750
Total $23,771

All fees are in New Zealand dollars. This information including dates and fees is subject to change. All fees are inclusive of the NZ GST rate of 15%.Fees are required to be paid before the first day of classes. Student Services fee includes use of QRC facilities including campus WiFi, library, textbooks and printing.

If you have submitted your application and have been accepted in to the programme, we will send you an “Offer of Place” which confirms your place, the cost of the course and our bank account details.

You can pay through electronic banking, money transfer, cheque, or cash.

How to pay your fees

Our preferred method of payment is direct transfer through internet banking.

Our bank details are:

Account: Queenstown Resort College
Bank: ANZ
Branch: Beach Street, Queenstown
Account number: 06-0949-0254875-000
Swift Code: ANZBNZ22

However, you may pay by one of the following methods:

  • Credit card (please note bank charges apply for credit card transactions)
  • International Money transfer
  • Cash

Insurance information

Insurance for international students

Medical and travel insurance

The New Zealand Government requires that all international students have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This includes students on a Work Permit/Visa with a Variation of Condition to study part time.

Our Student Relations Manager will arrange your insurance for you prior to course commencement. If you prefer to arrange your own insurance with a different provider, that is acceptable, as long as the policy used is in accordance with Immigration NZ conditions, and a copy of this is provided prior to course commencement.

Insurance information for international students

Queenstown Resort College’s preferred insurance provider is Orbit Protect.

Orbit Protect Student Insurance is specially designed to meet the needs of international students in New Zealand and fully complies with the New Zealand Code of Practice insurance guidelines. For the schedule of benefits check the Orbit Protect website www.orbitprotect.com

Orbit Protect policies are available for Foundation Year.

Students must take the package that will cover their length of visa. Please refer to the latest Immigration New Zealand conditions.

Cover will begin automatically when the student leaves home to travel to Queenstown, so long as this occurs no earlier than 30 days prior to the commencement date of the period of study.

The end of cover occurs at the expiry of your current visa. If you do not hold acceptable insurance until the expiry of your visa you will be responsible for arranging an extension to your insurance policy to cover the remainder of any time you spend in New Zealand after your course ends.

Other insurance policies

The following New Zealand policies are regarded as meeting the The University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College Foundation Year’s requirements:

  • Uni-Care NZ Student Plan
  • Southern Cross Student Max

All policies must meet all the conditions of the Guidelines for the Code of Practice.

When you pay for your tuition fees you must also pay for the medical and travel insurance that is stated on your invoice.

Accident insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website.

How to Apply

To apply for the Bridging Programme or Foundation Studies program

  1. Download and complete the Application Form
  2. Return Application Form and all supporting documentation to admissions@qrc.ac.nz
  3. Admissions will review your application and provide a Conditional or Unconditional offer letter

You can hand-deliver it to:

7 Coronation Drive
New Zealand

Or post it to:

The Admissions Office
PO Box 1566
New Zealand

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