University of Otago

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

Brief information

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university. At first only three professors taught here, but over the years the range of courses has grown.

Today, students can earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in fields such as science, health sciences, humanities, and business. Alternatively, they have the opportunity to spend a semester in New Zealand, complete language courses or attend the Otago International School.

According to AbbreviationFinder, the University of Otago is one of only two medical schools in the country and its dentistry degree is the only one in New Zealand. Especially in the field of research, the university has been able to develop a very good reputation and has been awarded several times Voted the best university in the country in rankings.

The motto of the university, which also adorns the coat of arms, is “Sapere Aude!” , which means something like “Have the courage to use your own mind!” It is aimed directly at students who should actively engage in acquiring knowledge, i.e. their own further education.

  • Website der University of Otago

University facts

Year of foundation: 1869

Type of university: State university

Number of students: total 21400, international 2700

Accreditations:

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)

Academic year:

The academic year at the University of Otago is divided into two semesters. There is also a summer school.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • Promotion
  • language courses
  • Summer Sessions

Campus

The main campus of the University of Otago is in Dunedin, while there are two smaller campuses in Wellington and Auckland . In addition, the University Medical Schools have facilities near Christchurch and Wellington Hospitals.

Finally, at the port (Otago Harbour) there is the Portobello Marine Laboratory, where marine research is carried out.

Many of the buildings on the main campus are Gothic in style, such as the Clock Tower Building, completed in 1879. Externally, the campus is based on the Scottish University of Glasgow.

  • University of Otago campus maps

Housing

International students at the University of Otago typically live in university-owned housing. The following link provides more information.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus

The specific availability of the individual accommodation options may vary depending on the study program. Detailed information can be found via the links or in the “free brochure” for the respective program. If you have any questions, we are at your disposal.

The university city of Dunedin

Dunedin (meaning “city on the hill”) is located in the province of Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. It has around 120,000 inhabitants and is considered one of the four most important cities in New Zealand. Education is the largest industry, with two major universities and a number of high schools and colleges located here. Due to the many students who live here, the average age of the population is quite low.

The harbor and mountains surrounding Dunedin are the remains of an extinct volcano, while the hinterland consists of flat plains and other landforms. The numerous suburbs of the city extend up to here and along the coast. Because of these geographic features, the climate here is temperate, but can vary greatly within short distances.

The city has a lot to offer culturally, including the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Fortune Theatre, many choirs and orchestras, ballet performances etc. There are also many festivals throughout the year such as the Whare Flat Folk Festival in December and January, the University of Otago Capping Week in May or the Otago Festival of the Arts in October, held every other year.

In general, the range of leisure activities is geared towards the young urban population, i.e. the students. Many well-known bands have emerged from Dunedin’s music scene. The city is also a popular eco-tourism destination, home to seal and penguin colonies and the world’s only continental royal albatross colony.

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Geology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Computational Modelling
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Consumer Food Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Design for Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Innovation
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Forensic Analytical Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Process Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Telecommunications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought and History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in European Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Information Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Maori Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Island Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Culture
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Drugs and Human Health
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Functional Human Biology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Infection and Immunity
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Nutrition, Metabolism and Human Health
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Reproduction, Genetics and Development
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Economics
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Finance
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Information Science
  • Bachelor of Commerce in International Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism
  • Bachelor of Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Physical Education in Exercise and Sports Science
  • Bachelor of Physical Education in Exercise Prescription and Management
  • Bachelor of Physical Education in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Physical Education in Sport and Leisure Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Structural Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Botany
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology – Marine Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Energy Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Genetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Land and Spatial Information
  • Bachelor of Science in Land Planning and Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience
  • Bachelor of Science in Oceanography
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Surveying
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Surveying
  • Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Teaching in Primary
  • Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Theology in Christian Thought and History
  • Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Studies

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Master of Applied Science in Applied Geology
  • Master of Applied Science in Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Master of Applied Science in Computational Modelling
  • Master of Applied Science in Consumer Food Science
  • Master of Applied Science in Design for Technology
  • Master of Applied Science in Energy Management
  • Master of Applied Science in Environmental Management
  • Master of Applied Science in Food Innovation
  • Master of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Master of Applied Science in Software and Knowledge Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science in Telecommunications
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Art History and Theory
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Thought and History
  • Master of Arts in Classics
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts in Computer Science
  • Master of Arts in Development Studies
  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies
  • Master of Arts in Geography
  • Master of Arts in German
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts in Indigenous Development
  • Master of Arts in Information Science
  • Master of Arts in Japanese
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Māori Studies
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Master of Arts in Pacific Island Studies
  • Master Of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Politics
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Statistics
  • Master of Arts in Theatre Studies
  • Master of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business in Accounting
  • Master of Business in Economics
  • Master of Business in Finance
  • Master of Business in Information Science
  • Master of Business in International Business
  • Master of Business in Management
  • Master of Business in Marketing Management
  • Master of Commerce in Accounting
  • Master of Commerce in Economics
  • Master of Commerce in Finance
  • Master of Commerce in Information Science
  • Master of Commerce in International Business
  • Master of Commerce in Management
  • Master of Commerce in Marketing Management
  • Master of Commerce in Tourism
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Dietetics in Diabetes
  • Master of Dietetics in Gerontology Nutrition
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies
  • Master of General Practice
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Indigenous Studies
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Ministry
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Physical Education
  • Master of Planning
  • Master of Primary Health Care
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Master of Science Communication in Popularising Science
  • Master of Science Communication in Science and Natural History Filmmaking
  • Master of Science in Anatomy and Structural Biology
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Botany
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Clinical Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Master of Science in Cognitive Science
  • Master of Science in Community Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Ecology
  • Master of Science in Electronics
  • Master of Science in Energy Studies
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Science in Food Science
  • Master of Science in Genetics
  • Master of Science in Geography
  • Master of Science in Geology
  • Master of Science in Geophysics
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Immunology
  • Master of Science in Information Science
  • Master of Science in Marine Science
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology
  • Master of Science in Physics
  • Master of Science in Physiology
  • Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Statistics
  • Master of Science in Surveying
  • Master of Science in Toxicology
  • Master of Science in Zoology
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Surveying
  • Master of Teaching
  • Master of Theology in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Theology in Christian Thought and History
  • Master of Theology in Pastoral Studies
  • Master of Tourism

University of Otago