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University of Otago

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand's first university.

The student experience at Otago is exceptional. You will join a diverse population of well over 20,000 students from around New Zealand and more than 100 nations around the world.

  • Overview
  • Why Study Here
  • Location

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is  New Zealand’s oldest university and is still leading the way when it comes to world-class teaching and student lifestyle.The University of Otago campus is situated in the centre of Dunedin, a city offering the best of both worlds to students. It has the facilities, entertainment and variety of larger cities, with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities.

Otago is New Zealand’s only university offering both academic excellence and outstanding student experience.

Academic departments and schools at the University of Otago are divided into four academic divisions:

1. Division of Humanities
2. Division of Health Sciences (Dentistry)
3. Division of Sciences
4. School of Business

Location: New Zealand

New Zealand is a multicultural South Pacific nation. Aotearoa is its Maori name. The Maori, New Zealand's indigenous population, migrated from Polynesia around 1000 years ago. They comprise 14% of New Zealand's population.

The majority of New Zealanders are of British and Irish heritage, but other European influences are noticeable. In more recent years a large number of Pacific Islanders have come to live here from countries such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. There are also large numbers of other nationalities, including recent Asian and European immigrants, who make up New Zealand's 3.8 million population.

Dunedin campus and Otago region

The main campus of the University of Otago is located in the city of Dunedin, which is the major city within the province of Otago, and is close to all of Dunedin’s cafés,music venues, designer boutiques, stores, museums and galleries.  The vast majority of courses are offered here, including the only dental school in the country. The University of Otago also has campuses in Christchurch and Wellington.

More than 20,000 students make up one fifth of Dunedin’s population, creating an energy and atmosphere that you’ll only find at Otago.


New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. The warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. In Dunedin, Spring and Summer days can become quite warm with temperatures ranging from 58 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (14 to 26 degrees Celsius). It is generally cool in the winter months, averaging 11 degrees Celsius from June to September. There are sometimes frosty mornings, usually followed by clear sunny days, and occasional snowfalls, so be sure to take a jacket!

Why Study at Otago?

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings and houses New Zealand's only dental school. In fact, Otago ranks among the world’s top 50 (QS rankings 2018) for the study of physical education, dentistry, archaeology, anatomy and physiology, and development studies.

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

  • Commitment to pastoral care with extensive student services and support networks.
  • More than 140 student clubs and societies to choose from.
  • Otago teams are highly successful in business case and debating competitions in New Zealand and overseas.
  • Student surveys show overwhelming satisfaction with services provided. (98% with campus safety; 97% with sport and recreation facilities; 99% with libraries; 98% with administration and support; 98% with residential colleges).
  • Annual academic convocation ceremony and orientation programs for students.
  • Director of First-Year Experience helps students transition to university life.

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