University of Otago

New Zealand

Public

University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand

Public

April, September, November

Intakes

14:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

40:60

Male: Female Ratio

April, September, November

Intakes

14:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

40:60

Male: Female Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Otago is New Zealands oldest university, having been established in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. The new university was endowed with 100,000 acres of pastoral land and given permission to award degrees in the arts, medicine, law, and music. The University was originally housed in a building (later the Stock Exchange) on the site of John Wickliffe House on Princes Street, but when the northern parts of the Clocktower and Geology buildings were completed in 1878 and 1879, it moved to its current location. The university is affiliated with Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). The University of Otago School of Business is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, two of the most prestigious international organizations. The University of Otago is ranked #=194 in the QS US University Ranking 2022.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The University of Otago has campuses in five main centers throughout New Zealand. The campuses are Dunedin, Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill and Wellington. The University of Otago main campus is located in Dunedin. It includes Central administration and Four academic divisions - Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. The Invercargill campus hosts education and health sciences students, academic staff, and clinical staff. They have two sites in Invercargill: College of Education Invercargill Campus on Nelson Street and Health Sciences Study Hub at Southland Hospital. They offer over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, many of which are the only ones of their kind in New Zealand.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The Otago Business School is proud of its personnel and students' accomplishments and enjoys celebrating success whenever possible. The university has received numerous accolades, including the Best Paper Award, the Evert Gummesson Outstanding Research Award, the Sir Frank Holmes Prize, the 2015 OUSA Teaching Awards, and others. The Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal will be awarded to Professor Benjamin Schontal and Associate Professor John Shaver in 2021. The list of achievements at the university is endless. The University of Otago has over 100,000 alumni in over 140 countries. Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, Former Governor-General of New Zealand, Jack Lovelock, New Zealand Olympic athlete, and Bill English, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand are among the noteworthy graduates.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of Otago has over 21,000 students and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff enrolled. There are 14,782 students enrolled as undergraduates. Female students account for 60% of the student body. With 72.9 percent Europeans, 11.0 percent Maori, 20.0 percent Asian, 5.5 percent Pacific, and 3.6 percent Middle Eastern students, the school body is remarkably diversified. Throughout the year, the University hosts a number of webinars, events, and seminars to assist students in obtaining employment. Deloitte, PwC, Xero, Google, and Microsoft are among the top employers of university graduates.

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of Otago is New Zealands oldest university, having been established in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council. The new university was endowed with 100,000 acres of pastoral land and given permission to award degrees in the arts, medicine, law, and music. The University was originally housed in a building (later the Stock Exchange) on the site of John Wickliffe House on Princes Street, but when the northern parts of the Clocktower and Geology buildings were completed in 1878 and 1879, it moved to its current location. The university is affiliated with Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). The University of Otago School of Business is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, two of the most prestigious international organizations. The University of Otago is ranked #=194 in the QS US University Ranking 2022.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The University of Otago has campuses in five main centers throughout New Zealand. The campuses are Dunedin, Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill and Wellington. The University of Otago main campus is located in Dunedin. It includes Central administration and Four academic divisions - Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. The Invercargill campus hosts education and health sciences students, academic staff, and clinical staff. They have two sites in Invercargill: College of Education Invercargill Campus on Nelson Street and Health Sciences Study Hub at Southland Hospital. They offer over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, many of which are the only ones of their kind in New Zealand.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The Otago Business School is proud of its personnel and students' accomplishments and enjoys celebrating success whenever possible. The university has received numerous accolades, including the Best Paper Award, the Evert Gummesson Outstanding Research Award, the Sir Frank Holmes Prize, the 2015 OUSA Teaching Awards, and others. The Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal will be awarded to Professor Benjamin Schontal and Associate Professor John Shaver in 2021. The list of achievements at the university is endless. The University of Otago has over 100,000 alumni in over 140 countries. Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, Former Governor-General of New Zealand, Jack Lovelock, New Zealand Olympic athlete, and Bill English, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand are among the noteworthy graduates.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of Otago has over 21,000 students and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff enrolled. There are 14,782 students enrolled as undergraduates. Female students account for 60% of the student body. With 72.9 percent Europeans, 11.0 percent Maori, 20.0 percent Asian, 5.5 percent Pacific, and 3.6 percent Middle Eastern students, the school body is remarkably diversified. Throughout the year, the University hosts a number of webinars, events, and seminars to assist students in obtaining employment. Deloitte, PwC, Xero, Google, and Microsoft are among the top employers of university graduates.

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International Students %

20%

International Students %

20%

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QS

Quacquarelli Symonds (Q.S.) is a corporation based in the United Kingdom that specialises in the analysis of higher education institutions worldwide. Nunzio Quacquarelli launched the company in 1990. It publishes the Q.S. World University Rankings every year. The Q.S. rating, which is considered one of the three most widely read university rankings globally, is approved by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). The institution uses six metrics, namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio, that effectively capture university performance. It also publishes rankings in Young universities, Graduate Employability, and Subject Rankings. Q.S. provides an auditing service to universities, which offers information on the institution's strengths and shortcomings. The Q.S. Stars audit procedure rates universities based on over 50 different indicators.

THE

The Times Higher Education, originally The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), is a British magazine that focuses on higher education news and topics. It annually publishes The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It has received worldwide acclaim for its new and improved rating algorithm. Since 2004, it has provided students and their families, academics, university executives, governments, and businesses with reliable university performance data. The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer). It also produces subject rankings and rankings for Young Universities, Impact, Reputation, And Emerging Economies.

Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper that first appeared in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian and was renamed The Guardian in 1959. The Guardian University Guide is published once a year. The goal of the University Guide is to show how each university's department is likely to provide an overall beneficial experience to future students, and to do so; they look at how previous students in the department fared. A league table was created using nine performance criteria for 54 disciplines spanning all stages of the student life cycle. Entry standards, Student-staff ratios, Expenditure per student, Continuation, Student satisfaction, Value Added, Standardisation, Subject Classification, and Career Prospects are the indicators utilised by the organisation.

USN

U.S. News & World Report is American news, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis publication. It began in 1948 as a merger of the weekly newspaper U.S. News and the worldwide weekly magazine World Report. The company's rankings of Best Global universities are well-known among the wider population and significantly impact admission trends. The inaugural "America's Best Colleges" report was released by the U.S. News & World Report in 1983. Since 1985, the rankings have been produced and published annually. The magazine U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on data collected from educational institutions through an annual survey, government and third-party data sources, and school websites. It also takes into account outside opinion polls of university faculty and administrators.

Rankings

217

Global Ranking

USN-2021

175

Global Ranking

QS-2021

194

Global Ranking

QS-2022

230

Global Ranking

USN-2022

201 - 250

Global Ranking

Times-2022

217

Global Ranking

USN-2021

175

Global Ranking

QS-2021

194

Global Ranking

QS-2022

230

Global Ranking

USN-2022

201 - 250

Global Ranking

Times-2022

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Scholarships

This scholarship recognises the additional personal, academic and financial challenges currently faced by international students and is awarded to support students to pursue their academic goals.

Eligibility

For international students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study in 2022 and 2023.

Applicability

An application is to be submitted by the students.

This scholarship recognises the additional personal, academic and financial challenges currently faced by international students and is awarded to support students to pursue their academic goals.

Eligibility

For international students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study in 2022 and 2023.

Applicability

An application is to be submitted by the students.

These scholarships provide for students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show significant financial need or have life circumstances that present barriers to studying at university.

Eligibility

International students who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

These scholarships provide for students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show significant financial need or have life circumstances that present barriers to studying at university.

Eligibility

International students who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2011 to assist new undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential and leadership capabilities to attend the University of Otago.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2011 to assist new undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic potential and leadership capabilities to attend the University of Otago.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

To encourage excellence in areas of performance including sport, culture, music and the arts, these scholarships are available to academically-able students with demonstrated high-level ability in their chosen area of performance.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

To encourage excellence in areas of performance including sport, culture, music and the arts, these scholarships are available to academically-able students with demonstrated high-level ability in their chosen area of performance.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2006 to assist students who have demonstrated all-round ability and who exhibit leadership potential to attend the University of Otago.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Established by the University of Otago Council in 2006 to assist students who have demonstrated all-round ability and who exhibit leadership potential to attend the University of Otago.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2 endorsed with excellence, or equivalent.

Applicability

In order to apply for a scholarship, students will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Application Process

  • Visit the official website of the institution. 
  • Click on 'Apply Now' or 'Register Here'
  • Complete filling your education history with all the qualifications.
  • Fill in the details of your employment history.
  • Fill in your personal statement.
  • Submit the application form by paying the mentioned fees.

Documents Required

Admission Requirements

FAQs

Otago is New Zealand's first university, having been established in 1869. Otago has prided itself on being a research-led university with an international reputation for excellence in the 150 years since. In the QS World University Rankings for 2020/21, it is placed 184th overall and in the top 100 in 15 subject areas.
Otago is New Zealand's first university, having been established in 1869. Otago has prided itself on being a research-led university with an international reputation for excellence in the 150 years since. In the QS World University Rankings for 2020/21, it is placed 184th overall and in the top 100 in 15 subject areas.
The University now offers 200 undergraduate and postgraduate degree, diploma, and certificate courses throughout its campuses, with over 21,000 students (by headcount) and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) personnel.
The University now offers 200 undergraduate and postgraduate degree, diploma, and certificate courses throughout its campuses, with over 21,000 students (by headcount) and nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) personnel.
On and around the Dunedin campus, Otago offers 14 residential colleges, each with its own community feel and distinct features. Every college is: The University campus is within a 15–20 minute walk.
On and around the Dunedin campus, Otago offers 14 residential colleges, each with its own community feel and distinct features. Every college is: The University campus is within a 15–20 minute walk.
Over 2,500 international students from over 100 countries study at Otago. There are 14,782 students enrolled as undergraduates. Female students account for 60% of the student body. With 72.9 percent Europeans, 11.0 percent Maori, 20.0 percent Asian, 5.5 percent Pacific, and 3.6 percent Middle Eastern students, the school body is remarkably diversified.
Over 2,500 international students from over 100 countries study at Otago. There are 14,782 students enrolled as undergraduates. Female students account for 60% of the student body. With 72.9 percent Europeans, 11.0 percent Maori, 20.0 percent Asian, 5.5 percent Pacific, and 3.6 percent Middle Eastern students, the school body is remarkably diversified.
Governor George Bowen granted his consent to the Otago Provincial Council's University of Otago Ordinance on June 3, 1869, allowing New Zealand's first university to be established. To fund the new institution, the council set aside 100,000 acres (40,500 ha) of "pastoral land of a quality not necessary for settlement." to fund the new institution.
Governor George Bowen granted his consent to the Otago Provincial Council's University of Otago Ordinance on June 3, 1869, allowing New Zealand's first university to be established. To fund the new institution, the council set aside 100,000 acres (40,500 ha) of "pastoral land of a quality not necessary for settlement." to fund the new institution.

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