University of Otago, New Zealand

The university was created by a committee that was led by Thomas Burns, and it was established by Otago Provincial Council in 1989. In the previous years it has topped New Zealand’s Performance Based Research Fund evaluation. It is a collegiate university that is located in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

The university accepted its first students in 1871, making it the 3rd oldest university in Oceania and the oldest university in New Zealand. The university was a part of the Federal University of New Zealand between 1874 and 1961 and it issued degrees in its name. The school’s graduation song acknowledges that University of Otago graduates will continue to live up to the challenge. 

University at a Glance:

Established: Founded in 1989

University Type: Public University

Number of International Students: 8564

Hostel Type: University Hostel

Climate: Temperate climate

Yearly Tuition Fee: USD 5755 

Eligibility: IELTS Exam

ECFMG Approval: Not Approved

Last Date to Apply: 10th December 2020

University Introduction:

University of Otago and Dunedin college of Education merged on January 2007. The main campus is located in Dunedin and it hosts the main administration. The university was the first in New Zealand to permit women to take a law degree. The Auckland campus provides various teaching and distance learning courses and acts as a liaison with the wider Auckland community and Alumni. The Southland campus provides a range of early childhood, primary, primary bilingual and secondary teacher education programs.  The University of Otago department of Marine science operates the Portbello Marine Lab in the Otago Peninsula. 


The university is divided into four academic divisions which include Division of Humanities, School of Business, Division of Health Sciences and Division of Sciences. 

Campus Life:

The university is known for its vibrant student life. The school magazine is the longest running student magazine. There are a variety of activities that bring students together such as intercollege competitions, communal dining, independent student clubs, apartment groups, college events and internal sporting and cultural societies. The university has 10 libraries which have wireless access.


The university of Otago owns and is in affiliation with 14 residential colleges. These residential colleges provide food, accommodation, social and welfare services. They mostly cater to students in their first year.

Why Should I Study at University of Otago, New Zealand?

  • The university has four satellite campuses in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Invercargill.
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