The University of Otago holds great prestige having been the first university established in New Zealand (1869) and today maintaining the top ranking amongst universities in New Zealand for research quality and intensity.
Why Study at University of Otago?
Students from throughout New Zealand, most from locations with other universities much closer, choose to enrol at Otago for the academic rigour of the programmes offered and the unparalleled lively student atmosphere of Dunedin.
Students find Dunedin to be an extremely safe, friendly and affordable place to live, and an excellent base for exploring the beauty of the South Island and taking part in the adventure activities that lie therein. Did you know much of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in the Otago region? The Hobbit was also filmed near Dunedin! So for a glimpse of the beauty of the region, be sure to check those films out!
The University of Otago is consistently ranked within the top 150 universities in the world, and noted for particular strengths in Psychology, Sociology, Law, English Language and Literature, Modern Languages and more. Otago's School of Business is within an elite group of business schools in the world that are accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.
Main areas of study
The University of Otago is a comprehensive university offering a wide range of subjects including courses within Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. You can study Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Dentistry or what about Dance or Development Studies?
Student life at University of OtagoStudents enrolling for a Bachelor degree are welcome to apply for the 13 residential colleges. Built on an Oxford/Cambridge model, many of these colleges have a strong heritage and culture dating back to the 19th century.
The University of Otago has the very enviable position of being central to the city of Dunedin. Most of the main facilities of the city are no further than a 15 minute walk from the campus and the main neighbourhoods of student housing.
The campus has one of the best gym facility of any university in Australia and New Zealand. The gym features a floor area of 5000m2 and boasts extensive cardio and weight training equipment, and courts for a huge array of sports. The gym is adjacent to Dunedin's new 30,000 seat covered stadium, which hosts students events, concerts, and is a centre-point for students to support the local rugby team, The Highlanders!
The colourful city centre of Dunedin, just a few minutes' walk from the historic campus area, is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping of an international standard. The harbour, a popular place for kayaking, rowing, wind-surfing, fishing and yachting, is also a short distance from the eastern side of the campus. The city's Botanic Gardens, located just a few hundred meters from lecture theatres, is a popular lunch-time venue. The city centre hosts a modern public art gallery housing one of New Zealand's best international art collections, and theatres, museums and libraries which rank among the country's finest.
Study Abroad students and new postgraduate students value the lower living costs of Dunedin. Most students choose to live in self catered accommodation. The most popular option is the University Flats. University Flats offer new students the very unique opportunity to be integrated into the main student neighbourhood, living with local students for a truly authentic kiwi experience. The University Flats are leased by the university fully furnished, and the university also provides a strong social and support network. For postgraduate students there is also catered accommodation available at Abbey College.