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Study at the University of Otago - this is how we help you!

We offer free study guidance and the answers to all of your questions if you wish to study a:

  • Semester/Study Abroad (for those taking a gap year and those enrolled in a university in their home country)
  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Diploma/Certificate
  • Summer School
  • Ph.D.

...at the University of Otago in Dunedin in New Zealand. Contact us and let us tell you how you can finance your studies in New Zealand, what you can study, where you can live, and everything in between. We make it easy to become a student at the University of Otago whether it's for a semester or an entire degree.

Free study guidance

What can I study at University of Otago?

University of Otago offers courses within almost all areas of study. How about:

  • Arts and Music
  • Commerce
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Science
  • Surveying
  • Tertiary Teaching
  • Theology
  • And much, much more. 


University of Otago has a strength in Performing Arts, particularly music. The University of Otago holds great prestige having been the first university established in New Zealand (1869) and today maintaining the top ranking among 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 enroll 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!

Academic reputation

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 Otago

Students 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 neighborhoods of student housing.

Campus

The campus has one of the best gym facility of any university in Australia and New Zealand. The gym features a floor area of 5000 m2 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 colorful 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 harbor, 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 theaters, 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 theaters, museums and libraries which rank among the country's finest.  

Accommodation for international students

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 neighborhood, 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.

Apply to the University of Otago

The academic entry requirements for programmes at Otago vary by level of study and your academic background. Our study advisors will be happy to give you all the information you need and help you with the application process.

Why KILROY?

Free study guidance

We answer all your questions about studying abroad. Receiving our help is free of charge and there are no stupid questions and no hidden fees written in small print anywhere.

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You will have your own personal study advisor. Together, you tailor your education abroad based on your dreams, wishes and opportunities, and our experience.

We guide you from A-Z

We help you with your very first questions to telling you everything you need to know about subjects, financing, housing, scholarships, visa, and everything in between. You won’t miss any important details.

Degrees

At University of Otago you can study: 

  • Study Abroad (1 or 2 semesters)
  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Diplomas/Certificates
  • Ph.D.
  • Summer School

Academic calendar:
Summer School: January - February
Semester 1: Late February - Late June
Semester 2: Early July - November

Financing

When it comes to tuition fees, it all comes down to what you are studying and at what level. Different programs have different price tags and the costs of your studies are also affected by your choice of accommodation. Our study advisors are happy to help you out with any budget questions. 

Moreover, they will also advice you on your eligibility for government loans, scholarships, student benefits and whether your student visa allows you to work during your studies. Note that our study counselling is free, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

Application deadline

Apr, Oct & Dec

Location

Dunedin, South Island

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