University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand
Established in the city of Dunedin in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealandís oldest. Now ranking in the top 3% of universities in the world1, the University of Otago is a true education destination where some 85% of the student population move to Dunedin from other regions of New Zealand and the world to further themselves in this premier education city.
  • #201 Ranking
  • 37 Masters
  • 17000 Students


The University of Otago holds great prestige as the first university to be established in New Zealand (1869), and today being New Zealandís top ranked university for research quality and intensity. Students from throughout New Zealand and the world choose to enroll at Otago for the academic rigour of the programmes offered, coupled with the unparalleled sense of student identity and community that the city of Dunedin and the university provide.

Otago is located in Australasiaís true university city, Dunedin, where 1 in 6 of the residents are students. Dunedin is also perfectly located for accessing many of New Zealandís famed outdoor and adventure destinations, all an easy weekend trip from the city.

Otago offers a comprehensive range of degrees and diplomas from the undergraduate level through to PhD. Otago is a research led university, with an enrolment of over 4000 postgraduate students.

Students can enrol in four academic divisions:

  • School of Business
  • Division of Health Sciences
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Sciences

Master's Programmes

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's premier research university, attracting academic leaders from around the world to take up positions in the university. The academic departments are thus equipped with equipment and facilities to be able to research and teach to a very high standard.

Students are well supported on campus through many means, including a dedicated team of international student advisors, a healthcare centre, active students association with associated advocates, student learning centre and careers centre.

The University of Otago offers free access to the university gym, a huge facility built just two years ago. The gym is located on campus and within the Dunedin's sports precinct consisting of New Zealand's only covered stadium, cricket field, track and field stadium, tennis courts, and hockey, soccer and rugby playing fields. In addition, the university offers a huge range of day and weekend trips, courses, and rents out sports equipment, including camping, snow and surfing gear, at reduced student prices. The Otago University Students Association (OUSA) also offers day and weekend trips and weekly classes at discounted student rates, plus they manage over 100 student-run club and societies.

Student Life

Dunedin is New Zealand's Education City, with the University of Otago contributing 20,000 students to the city's population of 120,000. With such a large student population, and a city where the urban centre, campus and student accommodation are all within 15 minutes walk of each other, this places Dunedin as the #1 student city in Australasia. With the student city comes a fantastically active students association and an incomparable student-vibe. Dunedin is a city centred on, and intrinsically linked with, the University of Otago. Students find this warm and welcoming environment the perfect place to cultivate their academic and extra-curricular pursuits.

Dunedin is also a very safe, friendly and affordable place to live, and is an excellent base for exploring the beauty of the South Island and taking part in the adventure activities that lie therein.

On campus, students will find fantastic facilities housed in a seamless range of buildings, from the grand Victorian-era clock tower to the modern central library and gym. Both the Huffington Post and Daily Telegraph listed Otago as one of the worlds 16 most beautiful university campuses!

Just 15 minutes drive from the city you can find hillsides crossed with great biking and hiking trails, and white sand beaches that are home to a wide array of wildlife, including penguins! Further afield in the Central Otago region is the Southern Hemispheres #1 skiing resort area and a fabulous wine region centred around the tourist hotspots of Queenstown and Wanaka. Otagos position in the South Island of New Zealand is perfect for the lover of the outdoors, while providing a great urban culture environment in Dunedin for those preferring immersion in the arts and music of New Zealand.


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.

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