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    EStd 1869established year
    7.7/10

    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

    Highlights

    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
    GCE A/ GCE AS/EUAP/ELA/ FCertEAP Grade C
    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.

    FAQs

    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.

    $ 19,3221st YEAR
    FEES

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Oct 31

    Application Deadline

    EXAM SCORESTOEFL95|IELTS6.5

    COLLEGE STUDENT REVIEWS

    P
    7.5 / 10

    Master Finance

    full time | Course Based
    $ 28,9341st YEAR
    FEES

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Oct 31

    Application Deadline

    EXAM SCORESTOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Options Available

    COLLEGE STUDENT REVIEWS

    G
    7.8 / 10
    $ 30,7501st YEAR
    FEES

    16 months

    Course Duration

    Oct 31

    Application Deadline

    EXAM SCORESGMAT550|TOEFL95|IELTS6.5

    Doctorate Business Administration

    full time | Thesis Based

    3 years

    Course Duration

    EXAM SCORESTOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    $ 28,9341st YEAR
    FEES

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Oct 31

    Application Deadline

    EXAM SCORESTOEFL95|IELTS6.5
    Degree Available

    University of Otago Overview

    Insitution type
    Public
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $24,305 / Year

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Graduate
    GMAT630---

    Attendance Cost

    $24304.95

    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

    School

    Otago Business School

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

    Ranking

    20212020201920182017
    Times Higher Education logo

    Times Higher Education

    RANKED  #201 - #250

    Overall(International)

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    RANKED  #501 - #600

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    College Rating

    Based on 7 Students Rating

    7.7 out of 10
    8.6/10Academic
    9.1/10Accommodation
    8.6/10Faculty
    8.1/10Infrastructure
    8.3/10Placement
    8.2/10Social Life

    Reviews

    PN
    8.0 /10

    I came to know about this college through study abroad sites, after which i did my own research and understood the admission process. I then filled up a few forms through the official college portals. Out of the three colleges I had applied, Otago offered me a seat and there was no application fee charges as well.

    Course Curriculum :

    I like the topics that are in my syllabus and the way it is taught. The approach is very practical.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    MD
    6.3 /10

    Here, at Otago, I had unprecedented opportunities. I was taught by international experts in their fields, and further gained a world-class qualification, and was able to contribute to ground-breaking research. My GPA was 8 that helped me to get admitted here. I had to submit a common application form for an application fee of $100.

    Course Curriculum :

    While studying Chemistry at Otago, I looked at how chemicals interact with each other, with light, and with the environment; how to synthesize novel materials and measure trace amounts of pollutants. Research interests in the Department of Chemistry include nanotechnology and marine chemistry, the development of smart polymers and anti-cancer drugs.

    8 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 extracurricular
    GS
    7.8 /10

    One of my father's friends recommended this university as his son has done his bachelor's from this university and he was quite successful in his life. I was required to pay a nonrefundable application fee and apply through the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    I was taught a lot about finance from a very basic to an advanced level. I was taught about technical and fundamental analysis in it.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 extracurricular
    PS
    7.5 /10

    After completing my bachelors I decided to do my Masters's in the field of data science and shift to New Zealand so my cousin recommended me to test University as it has a very amazing infrastructure and good security. I was required to pay an application fee and applied to the online portal of the college.

    Course Curriculum :

    Through my course, I was taught about Data Science from a very basic to an advanced level I was taught about various programming languages.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 extracurricular
    NS
    7.5 /10

    Before applying for this college, I had applied in two different colleges as well, but since there was no confirmation, I decided to apply for this college. I came to know about this college through a friend of mine. There were no application fee charges.

    Course Curriculum :

    It was much better than I had expected.

    7 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    +64-3-479-7000
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    362 Leith St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
    ADDRESS

    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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    Airport

    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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