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Otago Polytechnic

Institute of Technology and Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is one of New Zealand's top providers of hands-on education with a long tradition of producing exceptional graduates. Student satisfaction ratings are among the highest in Australasia, we achieved the highest possible quality ratings from government, and employers around the world love our graduates for their knowledge, independence and creativity. We offer over 100 programmes - from foundation certificates and English language programmes to postgraduate degrees - at campuses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland. We offer online learning opportunities and can even assess the knowledge you already have to count towards a qualification. Your experience at Otago Polytechnic will be a rewarding investment that prepares you for a successful career. 

Contact Otago Polytechnic
Physical address

Forth St
9054 Dunedin
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Phone numbers

64 3 477 3014

  • Number of students: 7,300+
  • Number of international students: 540
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • English language
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Certificate II
  • Masters Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Bachelor Degree with Honours
  • Bachelor Degree

School features

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


  • Homestay

Our international student support services are extensive and we make sure that you have everything you need to study successfully. With plenty of recreational and social activities organised on all three campuses, you get the chance to make new friends and to experience the New Zealand lifestyle. 

Facilities include*: a well-resourced library, student health services, career advice and support, a Students’ Association, a Learning Centre (to help you adjust to the New Zealand learning system), access to chaplain and counselling services, IT support and gym membership.
*depending upon campus 

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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