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OTAGO BUSINESS SCHOOL, DUNEDIN, SOUTH ISLAND - ADMISSION

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Otago Business School 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Ranked among the top 1% of business schools in the world, Otago Business School has its admission open to both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Otago MBA program is internationally recognized and ranked #1 in New Zealand. 

The admissions for Otago Business School are open twice a year requiring students to complete an application online. It is advised that students complete and submit their applications at least four months before the start of the program to be able to apply for a student visa to New Zealand. 

Highlights

Application PortalOnline
Acceptance RateVery low
Mode of PaymentOnline
The student to Class Ratio10:1
Application DeadlinesDepends upon the Course
Academic CalendarSemester
Work ExperienceNot mandatory
Financial AidScholarships

Otago Business School Admission Deadlines

The admission deadlines for Otago Business School depend on the program of enrollment. The admissions at Otago Business School are open twice a year- Semester 1 with classes starting in February and Semester 2 with classes starting in July. 

The admission application deadlines for international students at Otago Business School are:

IntakeDeadline
Semester 1October 31
Semester 2April 30

Otago Business School International Admission

The international students can choose any of the undergraduate or postgraduate programs offered by Otago Business School. Applicants are required to meet all the admission requirements and complete their admission applications on time so that they can also apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand.

The international applicants are required to submit their language proficiency test scores in English. Some of the tests which are accepted by the business school include IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, and PTE. The minimum score requirement is different for graduate and undergraduate courses.

Otago Business School Undergraduate Admissions

Otago University Business School offers undergraduate courses in various subjects including Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing, and International Business. The Bachelor of Commerce is a three-year course consisting of a set of compulsory papers along with the subject of your choice.

Where to apply: Online

Application Fee: None

Academic Requirements: 

  • Completed application form
  • Completed secondary school transcripts
  • International students need to submit Educational Credential Evaluation Report of their educational qualification
  • English Proficiency Test scores 
  • Resume
  • Proof of Identity- birth certificate
  • Copy of passport

English Proficiency Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

English Proficiency requirements for undergraduate students are:

ExamMinimum Required Score
IELTS6.0 with no band score below 6.0
TOEFL (iBT)80 (writing 20)
TOEFL (PBT)550 (TWE 4.5)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)176 with no band score below 169
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)176 with no band score below 169
PTE58 with no communicative skills score below 50
India70% in English for the All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

Country-specific Requirements

International students need to submit the following country-specific requirements:

CountryAdmission Requirements
Bangladeshcompletion of a high school certificate and a satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.
Hong KongHong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with achievement at Level 4 or higher in English and at least two elective subjects, and Level 3 or higher in two other subjects (excluding Chinese language)
IndiaMinimum 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English.
Nepala high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution

Otago Business School Graduate Admissions

The postgraduate courses offered at Otago University Business School include master and doctoral programs such as Master of Business Data Science, Master of Business Management, Master of Economics, Master of Commerce, MBA. 

Where to apply: Online

Application Fee: None 

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college
  • International students need to submit Educational Credential Evaluation Report of their degrees
  • English Proficiency Test scores 
  • Resume
  • Proof of Identity- birth certificate
  • Copy of passport

English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Admissions

English Proficiency requirements for graduate student are:

ExamMinimum Required Scores
IELTS6.5 with no band score below 6.0
TOEFL (iBT)95 (writing score 22)
TOEFL (PBT)587 (TWE 4.5)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)176
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)176
PTE64 with no communicative skills score below 57

Academic and Program-specific Requirements

CourseCourse DurationAdmission Requirements
Master of Finance12 months (February to February)An average grade of B+ in final year major subject
Full-time MBA16 monthsAn undergraduate degree; Min. 3 year professional work experience &GMAT score or Otago MBA entry test
Master of Economics12 monthsAn average grade of B+ in third-year papers
Master of Tourism12 monthsThree years of full-time study on certain specific disciplines with an average grade of 70% or grade B
Master of International Business12 monthsApproval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Completed graduation with an average grade of B+

Visa Process for International Students

If an international student wishes to be a part of the University of Otago’s Business School, he/she must have a valid student’s visa. The full-time students can apply for their visa through Student Visa Services on their campus itself. For that, the student will have to fill up a Student Visa Application form which is available online. The time taken for the process ranges from 5 to 30 days. The students are advised to submit their application forms during the busy period (in February, March, and July). 

For an application to get a student visa to New Zealand, students must provide:

  • Completed Application to Study in New Zealand Form
  • Copy of passport
  • Student visa application fee
  • Proof of finances in the form of-
    • Personal bank statement
    • Bank passbook
    • Financial undertaking of student form
  • Guarantee of Accommodation
  • Evidence of onward travel arrangements
  • Offer of Place from Otago Business School

Otago Business School has a diverse student base with around 15% international students. In case of any admission queries, international students can contact the university for the details. 

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