Here, at Otago, you will have unprecedented opportunities. You will be taught by international experts in their fields; you will gain a world-class qualification, and you will be able to contribute to ground-breaking research.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence.
  • You will be taught by international experts in their fields
  • You will gain a world-class qualification.

Distance Learning Courses

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About

History

The University was established by the University of Otago Ordinance of the Provincial Council in 1869, the University of Otago Amendment Act 1961 and the Education Act of 1989.It is governed by a Council, which appoints the Vice-Chancellor.

Education

At the University of Otago, you will have the option to study Science, Health Sciences, Humanities and Commerce. 

Research

Research and Enterprise supports and assists researchers in the identification of funding opportunities, partnering with business, grant applications, and the establishment of research contracts. 

Career

Both the Going Global Country Career Guides and the USA and Canadian City Career Guides provide professional advice on such topics as: the current employment outlook, hiring trends, job search resources, executive recruiters, staffing agencies, work permit regulations, salary ranges, resume/CV writing guidelines, professional and social networking groups, trade associations, interview and cultural advice.

Services

Student services

Students and staff at the University of Otago are well supported by a range of academic, electronic, recreational and welfare services:

  • Blackboard
  • Campus Cop
  • Chaplains
  • Childcare
  • Corporate Records
  • Disability Information & Support
  • English as a Second Language
  • Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • International Student Support
  • Justices of the Peace
  • Maori Student Support Services
  • Mediation
  • NewSkills
  • Pacific Island Student Support Services
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Proctor and Campus Watch
  • Property Services
  • Recreation Services
  • Scarfie.com
  • Scholarships
  • Schools' Liaison Office
  • Staff Families Association
  • Student Learning Centre
  • Unipol Recreation Centre
  • Uniprint
  • The Uniprint Shop
  • University Course Advice Service
  • University Union
  • Web Services

Housing services

The International Office provides a guarantee of accommodation placement services to all international students who receive an academic offer.There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer an independent lifestyle or enjoy living in a community. 

Library services

The University of Otago Library offers an outstanding range of information services, quality resources and warm comfortable facilities suitable for individual or group learning. Library offers more than 1,217,737 volumes along with serials, electronic books and many more.

ICT services

Student IT can help you with any computing questions you may have while studying at the University of Otago. We provide a friendly, helpful service tailored to students.

Here are just a few areas where we can provide IT help and advice:

  • Wireless
  • Printing
  • Anti-virus
  • Student Desktop
  • Training
  • …or even a quick check-up if your laptop is running slow!

Medical services

We are a team of professionals providing high quality health care to students of the University of Otago. Student Health is centrally located on campus in a purpose built facility. We have approximately 50 staff, comprising nurses, general practitioners, counsellors, psychiatrists and administrative staff.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Otago has campuses in 5 main centres throughout New Zealand.

  • Campus maps
  • Dunedin
  • Southland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington
  • Auckland
  • Sustainability at Otago

Student clubs

SciCO stands for Science Community at Otago, and is the Science Students Association... they provide you with

  • the Science Ball and other social events
  • friendly advice on how to handle being a science student
  • how to transition from First Year Health Science and
  • a student voice.
The objectives of Te Ropu Putaiao are:
  • To create and foster relationships between Maori students in the Division of Sciences across all year levels with a particular emphasis on Maori principles such as Tuakana/Teina
  • Encourage and motivate excellence in the academic arena through the promotion of tutorials and peer support

Accreditation

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand's eight accredited public universities. Otagos School of Business has both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation for all subject areas.