University of Otago - New Zealand

Dunedin Campus,362 Leith Street,DUNEDIN,North Dunedin,New Zealand,9016

Year Of Estabishment



3,788 (Approx)

Acceptance Crireria

Profile Dependent



College Address

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

College website

College Contact

+64 3-479 7000




No.of students

20,942 (Approx)




University of Otago, NZ


The first university of New Zealand, The University of Otago, NZ was founded in the year 1869 and today it has garnered the international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research led studies. University of Otago, NZ ranks in the first 3% of universities globally and it is the real destination for academic excellence where 80% of student population moves from other regions of the country to study at this premier city of education. Academic excellence is at the forefront within the lively community of the university and one in six residents is the Otago Strident.

University of Otago, NZ welcomes a number of international students from over 90 countries. Some of the areas of research strengths that are popular at the university include: software engineering, sustainable living, cancer mitigation, brain health, breeding habits of southern right whales. The business school of University of Otago, NZ holds the European EQUIS accreditation. According to the national survey and data, the university has successful track record and best performance indicators for any university within the nation for successful completion of qualifications and courses, student progression to higher level study and student retained in study.


Apart from its primary Dunedin Campus, the University of Otago, NZ also has small facilities and campuses based at Wellington and Auckland. The university has the largest medical schools located close to Christchurch and Wellington Hospitals. Within the Otago Harbor, the university has its Portobello Marine Laboratory. All the campuses are equipped with modern facilities and amenities to enhance the campus experience and academics of the students throughout their studying years. In total, the university has five campuses sprawling across the country including the Dunedin Campus, Christchurch Campus, Wellington Campus, Auckland Campus and Southland Campus. 


Being the leading undergraduate and postgraduate research institution, University of Otago, NZ offer a wide array of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs through its constituent departments. Some of its major departments include:

·         Accountancy and Finance

·         Division of Humanities

·         Otago Business School

·         Division of Sciences

·         Division of Health Sciences 

·         Economics

·         Information Science

·         Tourism

·         Health Sciences

·         Bioethics Centre

·         Dentistry

·         Medical School

·         Biomedical Sciences

·         Humanities

·         Education

·         Indigenous Studies

·         English

·         Anthropology 

·         Politics

Teaching Standards

The academic staff at University of Otago, NZ holds more national teaching awards and creates more highly cited papers per capita compared to other universities in country. The university has the highest concentration of globally trained staff in New Zealand and 5th largest concentration of globally trained staff in the world. The university reviews the operational and administrative processes regularly to ensure excellence in teaching and research at the university.

University of Otago, NZ also enjoys the international recognition for the quality of its teaching and it is the global leader in different academic fields. Students and academicians from across the world rate Otago’s reputation and quality of education and its study environment as its strongest attractions.


University of Otago, NZ specializes in offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in varied subject areas and disciplines. Some of the popular courses offered at University of Otago, NZ include:

·         Accounting and Finance

·         Business Management

·         Chemistry

·         Criminology

·         Consumer Food Service

·         Archaeology

·         Art, Performing Arts and Design

·         History, Philosophy and Theology

·         Languages and Literatures

·         Biological Sciences

·         Sport Science

·         Communication and Media

·         Economics and Econometrics

·         Geology, Environmental, Earth, Marine Sciences

·         Physics and Astronomy

·         Education

·         Law

·         Medicine and Dentistry

·         Computer Science

·         Sociology 

Student Facilities

University of Otago, NZ is truly the vibrant university to study and live, owing to its wonderful campus life and student facilities that enhance the overall academic experience of the students. The university has best in class teaching facilities and libraries and modern gymnasium that allow the students to get fit and stay fit throughout their academic years. The university has also dedicated Student Service that offers required guidance to students for settling in the university.    

The university also has a large choice of recreational activities including weights, cardio, sports halls, outdoor rental, group fitness, social sport and outdoor adventures. Pastoral Care and Spiritual Support on campus for students is there to support and encourage the students during their academic years in university. The center focuses on accompanying the students to find ways to deal with their religious and spiritual questions. There are also specialized health care services available within the campuses of University of Otago, NZ from where students can access emergency healthcare services during their academic years.


The Student Accommodation Centre would help you to locate the best accommodation facility that you want to rent out for your academic years at University of Otago, NZ. The university comprises a variety of accommodation options for all students studying at the university and it is crucial for the students to decide if they want to lead a independent lifestyle or want to enjoy living within the community with their peers.

There are many character-filled apartments and flats located close to the campus of University of Otago, NZ where students can prefer staying during their academic years.


Apply for a scholarships and gain access to financial support that you need for completing your education at University of Otago, NZ.

·         Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship

·         Bee Bilson Award

·         Campbell White Scholarship   

Notable Alumni

·         Keith Hunter, Marsden Medal Winning Marine Chemist

·         Rui Maria De Araujo, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

·         Nathan Cohen, World Champion and Olympic Champion Rower

Courses Offered

Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese (By Research)

Masters | Full Time (1 year)

27 Feb

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Composition

Masters | Full Time (3 years)


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Sociology

Masters | Full Time (1 year)

27 Feb

Master of Science (MSc) in Physics (By Research)

Masters | Full Time (1 year)


Master of Finance (MFinc)

Masters | Full Time (1 year)

27 Feb

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) in Politics

Bachelors | Full Time (1 year)

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