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University of Otago

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first university. Otago has gained an excellent international reputation for its research and teaching.

Ranked among the world’s top 1% of universities according to QS World University Rankings, Otago students can choose from more than 200 study options at undergraduate and postgraduate level covering areas such as health science, business, science, and humanities.

Why study here?

Otago is renowned for its research, academic excellence, and unmatched student experience.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS World Rankings)
  • #1 in NZ for educational performance (Tertiary Education Commission)
  • 95% of graduates go into work or on to further study (Graduate Opinion Survey)
  • Highest-possible university rating of 5 Stars Plus (QS Stars Rating)
  • Home to a total of 21,000 students, including international students from over 100 countries.

Life on Campus

The University of Otago main campus is located in the city of Dunedin – New Zealand’s student capital. Students make up one-fifth of Dunedin’s population, creating an energy and atmosphere that you’ll only find at Otago. Dunedin offers a wide range of accessible leisure activities. Ride the waves at some 30 nearby beaches, take on excellent mountain biking tracks, paddleboard, kayak or sail on the harbour, or head to Central Otago for a weekend at New Zealand’s top ski fields. It’s just part of life in Dunedin.



Programs

Bachelor's degree
Art & Design
Performing Arts Delivery method Length Location
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majoring in Music On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majoring in Theatre Studies On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Music (MusB) On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) On campus 3 years Dunedin
Business
Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr) On campus 1 year Dunedin
Finance
Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) On campus 4 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Accounting On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Finance On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) On campus 4 years Dunedin
Human Resources
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Human Resource Management On campus 3 years Dunedin
International Business
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in International Business On campus 3 years Dunedin
Management
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Management On campus 3 years Dunedin
Marketing
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Marketing On campus 3 years Dunedin
Computer Science & IT
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Majoring in Computational Modelling On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majoring in Computer Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Computer Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Data Science & Analytics
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Majoring in Data Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Information Technology
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majoring in Information Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Majoring in Information Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Information Science On campus 3 years Dunedin
Software Engineering
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Majoring in Software Engineering On campus 3 years Dunedin
Engineering & Technology
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Energy Science and Technology On campus 3 years Dunedin
Biomedical Engineering
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majoring in Sport Development and Management On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) Majoring in Functional Human Biology On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) Majoring in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease On campus 3 years Dunedin
Health & Well-Being
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Physiology On campus 3 years Dunedin
Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) On campus 5 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech) On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) On campus 3 years Dunedin
Medicine
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) On campus 6 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) On campus 4 years Dunedin
Nutrition
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) Majoring in Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Human Nutrition On campus 3 years Dunedin
Pharmacy
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (BPharmSc) On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) On campus 4 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Majoring in Pharmacology On campus 3 years Dunedin
Public Health
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) Majoring in Infection and Immunity On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) Majoring in Community Health Care On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) Majoring in Maori Health On campus 3 years Dunedin
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc) Majoring in Pacific and Global Health On campus 3 years Dunedin

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Scholarships & funding

International applicants (both in New Zealand and offshore) are eligible for a dedicated international scholarship – the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students. This scholarship supports all eligible international students commencing study at Otago.

Videos

Events

University of Otago Business Study & Scholarship Options 2023

📣📣 Otago Business School is proud to be placed in the top 1% of business schools globally, and home to the #1 ranked MBA programme in New Zealand. Learn more about study opportunities, entrance requirements, career paths, and scholarships related to this area. Our experts will be there to answer any questions you have.
To register, visit: bit.ly/OtagoBusinessWebinar
This event will also be available on Facebook livestream. We look forward to speaking with you soon. 🧑‍💼📈🤝

Event dates:

Date:   5/31/2022    Time:   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   New Zealand Local Time

University of Otago Health Sciences Study & Scholarship Options 2023

📣📣 Recognised internationally for the high standard of our graduates and research, the Division of Health Sciences at Otago prepares graduates for careers in health, biological sciences, and professional programmes. Learn more about study opportunities, entrance requirements, career paths, and scholarships related to this area. Our experts will be there to answer any questions you have.
To register, visit: bit.ly/OtagoHealthSci
This event will also be available on Facebook livestream. We look forward to speaking with you soon. 🧑‍⚕️💉💊

Event dates:

Date:   6/3/2022    Time:   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   New Zealand Local Time

University of Otago Study Abroad Options 2023 (for US/Canadian students)

📣📣 Considering study abroad? Eager to visit New Zealand and experience the natural beauty while learning from the best? Join us for a semester or two at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first University.
Learn more about Dunedin and New Zealand, life on campus, scholarships, and study options at Otago. Our experts will be there to answer any questions you have.
To register, visit: bit.ly/OtagoAbroadNA
This event will also be available on Facebook livestream. We look forward to speaking with you soon ✈️ 🌎 📚 

Event dates:

Date:   6/21/2022    Time:   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   New Zealand Local Time

University of Otago Pathway & English Language Options 2023

Seeking New Zealand University Entrance? The University of Otago offers online and on-campus pathway programmes for domestic and international students.
Join our webinar to learn more about our study options at the University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre.
You will have a chance to talk to our experts who can help you design a strong foundation from Pathway to the University of Otago.
To register, visit: bit.ly/OtagoUniPELC

Event dates:

Date:   6/22/2022    Time:   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   New Zealand Local Time

University of Otago Study Abroad Options 2023 (European/UK Students)

📣📣 The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, with fantastic graduate outcomes. Join us for a semester or two and experience New Zealand while gaining a world-class education.
Learn more about Dunedin and New Zealand, life on campus, scholarships, and study options at Otago. Our experts will be there to answer any questions you have.
To register, visit: bit.ly/OtagoEU
This event will also be available on Facebook livestream. We look forward to speaking with you soon ✈️ 🌎 📚 

Event dates:

Date:   6/23/2022    Time:   7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   New Zealand Local Time

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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.

Awards & Accreditations

top 1% of universities worldwide

QS World Rankings

#1 in New Zealand for Educational Performance

Tertiary Education Commission

5 stars plus University rating

QS Stars Rating

#1 MBA programme in New Zealand, with equis and accsb Accreditations

Accredited

Student services & facilities

  • AskOtago – central help service for all questions!
  • International Student Support (Pastoral Care) & Visa & Insurance team
  • Otago University Students Association (OUSA) and Otago University International Students Association (OISA)
  • Social Impact Studio – University Volunteer Centre
  • Chaplains/ Muslim staff member/ Mosque/ Halal meals
  • Campus Watch
  • UniPol (Gym centre – free for students)
  • 7 Libraries – largest sits over 2000 students
  • Student Learning Development
  • Career Development Centre
  • Disability Information and Support
  • Student Health
  • Fellows at the residential colleges
  • PASS program
  • Academic and Pastoral support from departments
  • Residential college tutorial programs

Campuses

Otago’s main campus in Dunedin is recognised as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, situated in the city precinct with cafes, galleries, museums, and shops within walking distance. On the doorstep are forested hills, beaches, a natural harbour, and incredible wildlife, with lakes, mountains, and world-class ski resorts only a few hours’ drive away. Otago also has campuses in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Invercargill.

Student lifestyle

As the only truly residential university in New Zealand, Otago’s student lifestyle is unmatched, and supports a diverse and inclusive student community with a population of 3,000 international students.

Accommodation

Find your perfect flat or room with the help of the University of Otago Student Accommodation Centre. Otago is famous for its residential college communities. We have 15 diverse colleges catering mostly to first-year students.

Flatting is also an important part of university life, offering both responsibility and independence. Dunedin has a wide range of rental accommodation from historic houses to multi-unit, purpose-built complexes.

The Student Accommodation Centre's accommodation advisers are available to talk to you Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, or you can talk to a school’s liaison officer.

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