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    University of Otago Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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    University of Otago is the first university of New Zealand. For 2020, 21,000+ full- time students enrolled at the university including around 3,000 international students aspiring to study in New Zealand. University of Otago has five campuses located in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill. 

    The university offers 200+ programs both at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. International students are required to send their English proficiency test scores. International students must keep track of their New Zealand visa applications and complete the visa process in time.


    Application Portal University Online Portal
    Application Fee None
    Application Deadline for International Students October 31
    Intake Sessions Semester wise
    Financial Aid Scholarships
    Work Experience Required for some courses

    Top courses at University of Otago

    Programs Fee (USD) Entry Requirements
    19,322 B+ average in an appropriate undergraduate degree
    Master Finance 28,934 Graduate in mathematically-oriented degree with grade of B+
    Master of Business Administration [M.B.A] 30,750 Undergraduate degree
    Minimum of 3 years of experience
    GMAT Score- 550+
    IELTS Score- 6.5 or equivalent
    Master Economics 28,934 Graduate with Economics with grade of B+
    Master Business Data Science 29,995 B+ average in an appropriate undergraduate degree

    University of Otago Application Deadlines

    University of Otago also has some admission deadlines that all applicants must adhere to. The university does not accept any late applications.

    Semester Details Dates
    Semester 1 Applications Open August 1
    Semester 1 Applications Close September 14
    Semester 2 Applications Open April 1
    Semester 2 Applications Close June 15

    University of Otago Graduate Admission

    University of Otago offers post graduate research programs in a number of fields like Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. Graduate courses at University of Otago has specific admission requirements.

    Where to Apply: University Online Portal

    Application Fee: None

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject
    2. Resume
    Course Academic Requirements
    Masters of Arts Philosophy (Coursework) Research proposal
    Master of Law (LLM) UG Degree in Law

    University of Otago MBA

    Master of Business Administration degree at Otago, is an intensive programme consisting of two phases. Phase One comprises ten months of on-campus study of core papers, followed by a highly flexible Phase Two of on-campus elective.

    Elements Details
    Start date March
    Deadlines Rolling
    Decision Time One Month
    Requirements Bachelor degree
    3 years experience in Management
    GMAT Score- 550+ or equivalent Otago MBA Exam Score
    IELTS Score- 6.5 or equivalent
    Duration Full-time: 20 months
    Part-time: 36 months 

    English Proficiency Requirements for International Students

    All the international applicants not having English as their first language or a degree from an institute where the primary language is English are required to prove English proficiency by submitting one of the scores tabulated below.

    Test Minimum Score Required – Undergraduate Minimum Score Required – Postgraduate
    TOEFL- iBT 80 95
    TOEFL- PBT 550 587
    IELTS 6.0 6.5
    PTE 58 64
    CAE/CPE 176 176

    Visa Process for International Students

    After being granted admission to the university, the international students will be required to apply for a student visa. The students can apply online or through the paper application to the Immigration New Zealand.

    • An acceptance letter from a recognized educational institution
    • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs
    • Your passport and a passport-style photo that is appropriate (s)
    • Proof of funds – NZD 15,000 a year to offset the living costs
    • A copy of your return flight ticket, or evidence that you have sufficient funds to purchase one.
    • If you're under the age of 18, you'll be guaranteed a place to stay.
    • The fees of your visa application
    • A medical certificate and chest x-ray, as well as a police certificate, may be needed.

    University of Otago Undergraduate Admission

    University of Otago offers a number of undergraduate courses in different fields. The basic requirements for all the courses is the same. However, there are some specific requirements which differ with the course as well.

    Where to Apply: University Online Portal

    Application Fee: None

    Admission Requirements: 

    1. Secondary school qualification or High school diploma or equivalent
    2. Transcripts of all academic institutions attended previously.
    3. Letters of Recommendation
    4. International students need to prove English language proficiency by submitting their English Language Proficiency Test scores.
    5. ECE report.
    6. A letter of intent, portfolio or resume may be required for certain specific courses.
    7. Some programs also consider interviewing candidates before admitting them.

    The university has a diverse student base. There are several additional requirements for international students along with the general requirements which are the same as the domestic applicants. The International students are advised to contact the University’s International Office in case of any query.


    Ques. Is Otago a good university?

    Ans.University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and has the highest-possible rating of 5 Stars Plus in the QS global university performance ratings.

    Ques. Is Otago University free?

    Ans.If students meet the eligibility criteria, the New Zealand Government will pay up to NZD 12,000 to cover tuition fees and student services fees for one year of full-time study.

    Ques. What can you study at Otago University?

    Ans.Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA). Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) and other masters programs.

    Ques. How do I apply for medicine in Otago?

    Ans.Online application portal at official website of Otago.


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    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.

    Scholarship :

    There are an end number of scholarships provided by the university such as Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship, The Barbara Heslop Memorial Scholarship, The Brian Hardy Memorial Scholarship, entrance based scholarships, and Bee Nilson Award. I have applied for two to three scholarships whose results are awaited. If I get selected in any of them, it will help me in managing my expenses.

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