University of Otago


The University of Otago was first established in the year 1869, the result of the efforts of the Otago association, formed by followers of the Free Church of Scotland who wanted to establish a colony in Otago which followed their beliefs, this process included the establishment of an university, as a needed resource in the future years of the community, eventually a plot of land was set aside in the 60s for this goal, and on july 5 of 1871 the University of Otago properly opened it’s doors to the public.

Initially the institution could only confer a single degree, but it eventually became an affiliate college to the University of New Zealand, gaining more freedom in it’s degree granting, which it kept even after the dissolution of it’s associated university.

Programs Offered

Through it’s 4 main faculties, the University of Otago currently offers well over 50 unique courses meant for Undergraduate Students.

Due to this large selection, the following will only be a small sample of the full catalog available at the University of Otago:

  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Consumer Food Science
  • Energy Management
  • Forensic Analytical Science
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Technology
  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Thought and History
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English and Linguistics
  • European Studies
  • Film and Media Studies

Admission requirements

In general application to the University of Otago isn’t a very complex matter, high-school qualifications and proof of English proficiency are the main requirements, and in both areas they aren’t too exclusive either, while most qualifications will be from New Zealand Institutions or Australia’s ATAR system, International Students can also freely apply with their original score system, making sure scores are preserved intact for application.

Student Life

The University of Otago is world famous for it’s beautiful and vibrant campus, and this comes with more than just beautiful architecture, various events are held in campus that get students together, like floor missions which gather students in the same area for a common purpose, or thematic fairs which help introduce the student body to New Zealand’s culture.

Part-time work

The University of Otago’s career development centre is the main source for work hunting and support at the institution, while it isn’t directly aimed at connecting students with part-time work, and is mainly aimed at building a future career, it does hold job listings and employment fairs, as well as helping with minute details like work resumes, making it an invaluable tool.


The average Tuition Fee for a full time student on the University of Otago is around $8,000, it’s important to note however that prices are completely determined from school subject to subject, so certain areas like Medicine can see price increases up to $16,000.

When it comes to International Students there is even more variation in costs from course to course, but in average an International Student at the University of Otago will pay $30,000 per year of tuition.


The University of Otago is currently ranked as the 329th best college level institution in the world, making it the overall second best university in it’s home country of New Zealand.

University Contact

Address:  362 Leith Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Phone: 0800 80 80 98

Email: [email protected]


The University of Otago is one of the most competitive and recognized institutions in New Zealand, prices however do raise considerably for international students, so locals and those who can apply for a fee-free tuition will be the most interested in aplying to it.