About University of Otago

The University of Otago was established in 1869 and was New Zealand’s first University. Otago has a reputation for teaching and research excellence and also for the high quality of its graduates. Achieving high approval ratings in employer surveys, Otago graduates are sought after and appreciated with many occupying influential positions in industry, government and their communities across the world.¬†

Three of Otago’s brightest young minds were selected for the prestigious Rhodes and Woolf Fisher scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge. Otago scholars won two of the three Rhodes scholarships offered in New Zealand, bringing the University’s overall tally of Rhodes scholars to 59.

Campus Life
Dunedin is the only true university city in New Zealand and Australia. Dunedin, with a population of 122,000, is a city of culture and learning in the scenic southern region of Otago, New Zealand. ¬†Education is Dunedin’s main “industry”, - one in six of Dunedin’s population is a university student and over 80% of Otago’s students come from outside the city.

Located on the edge of the Dunedin Botanic Garden, the Otago campus is very beautiful and offers students an unrivalled campus experience and vibrant cultural life. The campus is just a few blocks from the city centre, and almost all students live within walking distance of the campus and key facilities.



There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer and independent lifestyle or enjoy living in a community, and whether you prefer to do your own cooking or have meals provided for you. The Accommodation Office can book accommodation for international students who have received an offer of an academic place.
The following options are available:

  • Residential Colleges (14)
  • University Flats (University managed flats/houses, self-catered)
  • Rental Accommodation
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Study Areas
  • Applied Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Dentistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Humanities and Tourism