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University of Otago


The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university, founded 1869. Otago’s main campus is in Dunedin (population 121,000) with further campuses for medical and health sciences in Christchurch and Wellington. Undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are offered across Business, Humanities, Health Sciences and Sciences 

Otago has the highest satisfaction scores of any New Zealand university for the international student experience (International Student Barometer 2013).  Otago is one of only two New Zealand universities to be ranked in the top 200 universities on the QS World University Rankings. In the 2014 QS subject rankings Otago has 11 subjects in the top 100, including Psychology (19th), English Language and Literature (28th), History (30th), and Law (38th).

Contact University of Otago
Physical address

Archway West, 90 Union Place East
9016 Dunedin
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Phone numbers

64 3 479 8080

  • Number of students: 22,000
  • Number of international students: 2,700
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Masters Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • MBA
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Bachelor Degree with Honours

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Halls of Residence
  • Homestay
  • Onsite apartments

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel
  • Mosque
  • Multi-faith
  • Muslim Prayer Space
  • Synagogue

The University of Otago has high quality services and facilities to complement the wide variety of courses it offers. The International Office is a focal point for international students at Otago. The Office provides information, support and advice to future and current international students and to students wishing to study overseas on exchange programmes. It runs on-campus orientation programmes for new students, operates the International Mentor programme and Language Match, and offers a visa renewal service, and assistance with insurance and US Financial Aid.

Dunedin and Coastal Otago is a region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.

The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin. A must see are the mysterious Moeraki boulders.

Start at the north. New Zealand's Waitaki district is a place of haunting natural beauty with green pastures and small picture-book fishing villages. Stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing townscape that towers over a modest community.

Dunedin is New Zealand's city of the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; equally so, the natural attractions. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.

Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te Anau.
Main centres: 

Dunedin, Oamaru


Balclutha, Milton, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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