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Established: 1869

University of Otago

362 Leith St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest and finest university. Most teaching takes place on the Dunedin campus and the majority of the University’s students have come from outside the Dunedin area to enjoy the unique lifestyle in New Zealand’s only true student city.

  • 20,000+
    Total Students
  • 20%
    International Students
  • NZD 19,374
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • NZD 14,386
    Living On-campus(average per year*)
  • 19.9
    Students Per Staff
  • 70%
    Acceptance Rate
  • 8,000
    Financial Aid

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Overview

Research excellence underpins academic activity at Otago and a strong research culture is fostered across all four divisions – Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. This was highlighted by Otago’s success under the New Zealand Government’s 2012 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) quality evaluation, which confirmed Otago's position as the leading research institution in New Zealand. In the almost 150 years since, Otago has prided itself on being a research-led University with an international reputation for excellence.

Otago is at the forefront of modern scholarship and has a long-established tradition of innovation. It is for this reason Otago is able to attract first-rate academics, and our graduates are renowned for their independence and audacity of spirit. Otago’s annual Foreign Policy School continues to attract leading national and international speakers. For more than two decades, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has used the school to train the new cohorts of New Zealand diplomats.

Otago is known for its vibrant student life, particularly its flatting, which is often in old houses. Otago students (Scarfies) have a long standing tradition of naming their flats.

Campus life: Dunedin is the only true university city in New Zealand and Australia with more than 18,000 young people coming not only to learn, but also to live in beautiful coastal city. In 2013, the Huffington Post listed the University of Otago as one of the fifteen most beautiful university campuses in the world.

The University of Otago has ten libraries: seven based in Dunedin on the main university campus, the Education library in Southland, plus two medical libraries in Wellington and Christchurch. All libraries have wireless access.

The University of Otago owns, or is in affiliation with, fourteen residential colleges, which provide food, accommodation, social and welfare services. Most of these cater primarily for first year students, though some have a sizable number of second and higher year undergraduates, as well as occasionally a significant postgraduate population. While some teaching is normally undertaken at a college, this generally represents a small percentage of a resident's formal tuition.

'O-Week' or Orientation Week is the Otago equivalent of Freshers' Week. O-week is organised by the Otago University Students' Association and involves competitions such as 'Fresher of the Year' whereby several students volunteer to carry out a series of tasks throughout the week before being voted to win.

The OUSA also organises events each night including various concerts, a comedy night, hypnotist plus bigger events at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Typically there is a Highlanders rugby game scheduled during the week. Local bars organise events also with a range of live music and promotional deals. Historically events have included the Cookathon and a Miss O-Week competition hosted by The Outback

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • 82% Students
  • NZD 28,517 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • 18% Students
  • NZD 29,739 International student tuition fee (average per year*)

Programs / Degrees at University of Otago

Bachelor's

Arts and Music

  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Diploma in Global Cultures
  • Diploma in Language
  • Diploma in Language and Culture
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Commerce

  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Dentistry

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dental Technology
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours
  • Bachelor of Dental Technology with Honours

Education

  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Development
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Teaching

Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
  • Health Sciences First Year

Law

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Medicine

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours

Pharmacy

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours

Physical Education

  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Physical Education with Honours

Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours

Science

  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • Bachelor of Science

Surveying

  • Bachelor of Surveying
  • Bachelor of Surveying with Honours

Theology

  • Certificate in Theological Studies
  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Diploma in Theological Studies
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology with Honours

Master's

Arts and Music

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours
  • Bachelor of Music with Honours
  • Diploma for Graduates
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Issues
  • Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Music
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Indigenous Studies
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Master of Planning
  • Master of Politics
  • Master of Social and Community Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Literature
  • Doctor of Music
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Commerce

  • Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
  • Diploma for Graduates
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Data Science
  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Māori and Indigenous Business
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Sustainable Business
  • Master of Tourism
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Commerce
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Dentistry

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dentistry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Therapy
  • Master of Community Dentistry
  • Master of Dental Surgery
  • Master of Dental Technology
  • Master of Dentistry
  • Master of Oral Health
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Education

  • Diploma for Graduates
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Education and Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Teaching
  • Master of Teaching and Learning
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours
  • Bachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Imaging
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Imaging
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Master of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Medical Imaging
  • Master of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Law

  • Master of Emerging Technologies Law
  • Master of Laws
  • Doctor of Laws
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Medicine

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound
  • Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine
  • Master of Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
  • Master of Aviation Medicine
  • Master of General Practice
  • Master of Medical Science
  • Master of Occupational Medicine
  • Master of Ophthalmology
  • Master of Primary Health Care
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Travel Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Pharmacy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy
  • Master of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Master of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Physical Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education
  • Master of Dance Studies
  • Master of Physical Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Physiotherapy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Master of Physiotherapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Diploma for Graduates
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Dietetics
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science Communication
  • Master of Wildlife Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Science

Surveying

  • Master of Surveying
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Tertiary Teaching

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
  • Master of Higher Education

Theology

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theology
  • Master of Chaplaincy
  • Master of Ministry
  • Master of Theology
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Selection criteria

Language test
  • IELTS (Bachelors) 6.0
  • IELTS (Masters) 6.5
  • TOEFL (Bachelors) 80
  • TOEFL (Masters) 95

Academic Life

  • 140
    Student clubs
  • 57 : 43
    Female male ratio

Student Life

  • Public
    Control type

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