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University of Otago


University of Otago


University of Otago
Dunedin Campus
362 Leith Street
North Dunedin

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Phone number

+64 3 479 7000

Welcome to the University of Otago – New Zealand’s oldest university and the first choice of more than 21,000 students.


After almost 150 years, we’re still leading the way when it comes to world-class teaching and a legendary student lifestyle – the two core elements that set the University of Otago apart, and the reason students from across the country and around the world choose us for their tertiary education.

Students at the University of Otago hail from 100 countries and form part an energetic 3,000 strong international student community. Students can apply for and benefit from a number of scholarships on offer. A high-quality educational experience is offered at the university and it is ranked first for its educational performance for 6 out of 8 years winning the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Teaching Excellence.

The University prides itself on the quality of its faculty, who are leaders and experts in their respective fields. This is borne out by the placement of the university within the top one percent of institutions worldwide and the award of a five star plus rating by the QS global university performance ratings.

As a world-class teaching and research University, Otago offers a first-class education across more than 195 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.

Rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, the main university campus is based in Dunedin. The institution also has specialist sites in Christchurch, Wellington and Invercargill. Students enjoy a great student lifestyle and facilities such as world-class teaching and research labs, performance spaces, lecture theatres, study areas, and sporting facilities in the safe environment of Dunedin. This also includes a choice of 150 clubs and societies to join, and university accommodation.  Apart from all these, the South Island has some of the world’s most picturesque scenery. Beaches, glaciers, lakes and fiords, and mountain with world-class ski resorts are all easily accessible from your base in Dunedin.

98 percent of students at the university have registered their satisfaction with campus safety and student support, libraries, residential colleges, and sport and recreation facilities. This provides the ideal backdrop for students to develop their skills and graduate ready to make a positive impact in the workplace. This is demonstrated by the fact that 95 percent of students go into work or on to further study after graduation. Otago graduates are recognised for their interpersonal and negotiating skills, conceptual and analytical skills, and independent judgement.

Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 21000

    Total number of students

  • 2700

    International students

  • Multiple Regions

    Multiple Regions

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    Otago Peninsula

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    Dunedin from Signal Hill

  • Tunnel Beach Dunedin

    Tunnel Beach Dunedin

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    Dentistry student

  • City shops

    City shops

  • Airport welcome desk

    Airport welcome desk

  • students at campus

    students at campus

  • University of Otago Campus

    University of Otago Campus

  • Science student

    Science student

  • Dental college

    Dental college

  • University of Otago Campus

    University of Otago Campus

  • Students at a residential college

    Students at a residential college

  • Student flats

    Student flats

  • student and supervisor

    student and supervisor

  • Anatomy lab

    Anatomy lab

  • Medical laboratory

    Medical laboratory

  • Campus at night

    Campus at night

  • Centre of Innovation

    Centre of Innovation

  • Students in a lecture

    Students in a lecture

  • Campus in Spring

    Campus in Spring

  • Student flats

    Student flats

  • Students at Unipol

    Students at Unipol

  • Graduation parade

    Graduation parade

  • Business School

    Business School

  • Mellor Labs

    Mellor Labs

  • Students in a lecture theatre

    Students in a lecture theatre

  • University of Otago Campus

    University of Otago Campus

  • Central Library

    Central Library

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.


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