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    University of Otago, Dunedin, Courses, Rankings, Admission Criteria, Fees & Scholarships

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    Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is the first and oldest University in New Zealand. It is counted among top 1% Universities worldwide (QS World Rankings), enrolling over 18,000 students along with 3,000 international student from 100 countries. It offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across four academic divisions: Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. Otago Business School is internationally accredited by AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. University of Otago has partnered with the National Centres of Research Excellence and New Zealand’s National Science Challenges.

    Dunedin campus, one of the four campuses of Otago, is recognised as one of the most-beautiful campuses in world. Otago campus houses New Zealand’s first medical school and New Zealand’s only schools of Dentistry and Surveying95% of graduates at Otago are generally employed at work or further study within 6 months of graduation. University of Otago reviews show 98% satisfaction of students with administration and support; 98% with campus safety; 99% with libraries and 98% with residential colleges.

    University of Otago Ranking

    • Awarded 5 stars plus – the highest-possible rating for teaching and research
    • New Zealand’s #1 university for educational performance
    • #184 by QS World University Rankings 2021
    • #14 in QS WUR Ranking 2021 by Subject
    • #251-300 in Graduate Employability Ranking 2021
    • 201–250 th by World University Rankings 2021
    • =57 th in Impact Rankings 2021


    University Type Public University
    Campus Setting Urban
    Establishment Year 1869
    No. of Campuses 5
    No. of Residential Colleges 15
    Graduate Job Rate 95% (full time)
    Research Funding 170 Million NZD
    Cost of Attendance 35,500 NZD pa
    Applications Accepted Online (through eVision)
    Work-Study Available
    Intake Type Semester wise
    Mode of Program Full time and online

    University of Otago Programs

    • University of Otago offers over 195 programs through its four academic departments; Otago Business School, Division of Health Sciences, Division of Humanities and Division of Sciences.
    • Some of the programs offered at University of Otago include medicine, pharmacy, law, arts, social sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, zoology, botany, and computer science.

    Top courses at University of Otago

    University of Otago Campus

    University of Otago houses five campuses throughout the New Zealand.

    • Dunedin Campus. The University of Otago main campus is located in Dunedin. The Dunedin campus houses Central administration along with four academic divisions including Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.
    • Christchurch campus. The University of Otago’s Christchurch campus is home to Health Sciences, Otago Medical School, Clinical training, School of Physiotherapy and Clinical education.
    • Auckland Cmpus. Auckland Centre administrates Children’s Issues, Course Information and Liaison and Distance Education
    • Invercargill campuses. These include College of Education Southland Campus and Health Sciences Southland Study Hub.
    • Wellington campus. The University of Otago’s Wellington includes Research, Distance education and Postgraduate education.

    University of Otago Accommodation

    University of Otago provides guaranteed accommodation facilities for freshmen students in residential colleges. Some of the housing options for studnets in New Zealand are mentioned below:

    Residential College Fee (NZD)
    Aquinas College 16,340
    Selwyn College 18,021
    Caroline Freeman College 16,340
    Carrington College 16,340
    Te Rangi Hiroa College 17,860

    University of Otago Admission Process

    Application: Online application can be made on eVision, the official portal of University.

    General requirements: Academic transcripts, ECE report, ID proof. For PG/Doctoral programmes, research proposal, CV, along with a complete application are required for University of Otago admission.

    Additional requirements: Passport copy, Student Visa for New Zealand, Work Visa (part-time workers).

    English Proficiency Test

    English proficiency tests Minimum Scores
    IELTS (Academic) 6.0
    TOEFL iBT 80
    TOEFL PBT 550
    CAE/CPE 176
    PTE Academic 58

    University of Otago Living Cost

    An estimated cost of living in New Zealand for international students is mentioned below:

    Elements Cost (NZD)
    Accommodation Fee 15,846
    Average rent 7,280
    Food 3,600
    Gas/electricity, internet 1,300
    Personal costs 2,640
    Entertainment 2,200
    Medical and travel insurance 620

    University of Otago Financial Aid

    Annually, international students (both UG and PG) are offered scholarships in New Zealand worth 15 million NZD and above. Some of the popular international scholarships offered by University of Otago are:

    Scholarship Name Amount (NZD)
    Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships 10,000
    New Frontiers Scholarships 5,000
    University of Otago Entrance Scholarship 5,000
    Otago International Excellence Scholarships 10,000
    University of Otago International Master's International Research Scholarship 15,000 stipend
    Otago International Pathway Scholarships 4,000
    New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) Varies

    University of Otago Alumni

    The alumni may avail benefits such as, library membership, stay at campus at subsidized rate, IT training courses, career development opportunity, and discount on publication with the University’s press. Some of the notable alumni are Nathen Cohen, Janet Frame, and Silvia Cartwright.

    University of Otago Placements

    Career Development Centre at University of Otago helps students to explore career options and establish future career. Otago helps students with:

    • Career planning: Explore various career and related study options.
    • Job Applications: CV and cover letters, interview skills and applying for work in New Zealnd.
    • Gaining Experience: Learn the right skills and volunteer.
    • Finding Employment: Job search strategies, career events and looking for work.
    •  It’s a great time for international students to find work in New Zealand. New Zealand was less affected by the global financial crisis than many other countries, and employment conditions are strong.

    The University of Otago is a very well-known and successful university that has served over 150,000 students during its year of operations. It is a good option for international students willing to study in New Zealand. The university offers various scholarships and other financial aid options for its students.


    Ques. Is Otago a good university?

    Ans. University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% universities of the world and is rated 5 Stars Plus in the QS global university performance ratings.

    Ques. What is Otago University ranked in the world?

    Ans. University of Otago is ranked 184 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and in the top 100 in 15 subject areas.

    Ques. How much does it cost to study at Otago?

    Ans. At Christchurch campus NZD 280 per semester and at Wellington campus NZD 212.89 per semester.

    Ques. What is Otago known for?

    Ans. Otago is famous for the gold rushes and wool, which helped make Dunedin New Zealand's largest and wealthiest town.

    Ques. Is there an income limit for the entrance scholarships for those with financial hardship?

    Ans. No. There is no income bracket for students wishing to be considered for scholarships.

    Ques. How do I apply for accommodation?

    Ans. Applications for Residential Colleges or University Flats may be made online.

    Ques. When can I apply for accommodation?

    Ans. For full year accommodation and Semester 1, apply from 1 August. For Semester 2, please apply after the 1 April.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.Bus Data Science
    Semester1 (31st Oct 2020)
    $19,322 /Yr
    Master Finance
    Semester1 (31st Oct 2020)
    $28,934 /Yr
    B.Com Accounting
    Semester1 (31st Oct 2020)
    Semester2 (30th Apr 2020)
    $18,274 /Yr
    B.Sc Computer Science
    Term 1 (12th Jan 2019)
    Term 2 (30th Apr 2019)
    $2,105 /Yr
    Postgraduate Diploma Commerce - Tourism
    Semester1 (31st Oct 2020)
    Semester2 (30th Apr 2020)
    $19,322 /Yr
    Postgraduate Diploma Commerce - Accounting
    Semester1 (31st Oct 2020)
    Semester2 (30th Apr 2020)
    $19,322 /Yr

    Master of Business [M.Bus] Data Science

    1 year
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 19,322/Yr
    Ranked #201 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Application Deadline: 31 Oct, 2020

    Master Finance

    1 year
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 28,934/Yr
    Exam Scores: TOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Options Available:
    Application Deadline: 31 Oct, 2020

    Master of Business Administration [M.B.A]

    16 months
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 30,750/Yr
    Exam Scores: GMAT550|TOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Application Deadline: 31 Oct, 2020

    Doctorate Business Administration

    3 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Exam Scores: TOEFL95|IELTS6.5

    Master Economics

    1 year
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 28,934/Yr
    Exam Scores: TOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Degrees Available: M.Com
    Application Deadline: 31 Oct, 2020


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    8.5 /10

    As I always wanted to pursue my bachelors from New Zealand so, right after completing my schooling with 95% marks I applied at the various colleges that provided my course. Then I was selected at the University of Otago. I applied to the college with the help of an application. After getting selected at the college I was also called for the skype interview.

    Fees :

    The student placement fee for $410 and an activity fee for $330.00 is paid by me. Along with these miscellaneous expenses I also paid around $10,000 as the fee for the course.

    8 /10 academic/food
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    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular

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    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $17,095 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $24,305 / Year

    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


    Otago Business School

    Address: Otago Business School 60 Clyde St Corner of Clyde Street and Union Place East PO Box 56 Dunedin 9054
    362 Leith St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Book Store
    • Airport
    • Shopping Mall
    • Super Market

    Bus Station

    Otago University (Dunedin)0.13 km
    Otago University (Dunedin)0.14 km
    Cumberland St, 5940.23 km
    Clyde St, 660.23 km
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    Dunedin Hospital Heliport0.59 km
    Helipad2.02 km
    Dunedin City Heliport2.05 km

    Super Market

    New World0.89 km
    New World Centre City0.90 km
    Countdown Dunedin Central1.21 km
    City Mini Market1.51 km
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    Book Store

    University Book Shop On Campus0.23 km
    Otago Heritage Books0.29 km
    Galaxy Books0.82 km
    Kmart - Dunedin0.92 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Kaikorai0.71 km
    Meridian Mall0.92 km
    Golden Centre Mall0.98 km
    Wall Street Mall1.03 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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