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University of Otago

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Quick facts:

  • One of the best universities in New Zealand
  • Accredited by EQUIS and AACSB
  • Renowned for its courses in commerce and politics

University of Otago is the first university in New-Zealand. Founded in 1869, it is also the oldest. Its main campus is located in Dunedin, the capital of the region of Otago. This university is among the top 200 best universities in the world; it is internationally recognized for its teachings and it research departments. Beyond its academic reputation, its historical campus and unique student culture make it a popular destination for both domestic and international students.

Study Abroad at the University of Otago

Study Abroad at the University of Otago!

The oldest and most respected of all universities

Univeristy of Otago is the oldest and most respected of all universities in New Zealand. It tops national rankings, especially in terms of research. It is a truly international institution: 60% of the faculty comes from another country, and 19,6% of students are internationals.

The university offers various facilities including a health center where students can benefit from medical treatment and counselling. On campus, there is also a learning center where students get advice on essay writing, time management, stress management, and English language classes for international students. The university also boasts a gigantic sports complex and an active student union.


Programs and Specialties

The University of Otago offers various courses divided among four schools: Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences. The following programs have been awarded first or second place for academic excellence in national rankings: anthropology and archeology; history, art history and and classics; law; philosophy; psychology; sociology; theology and religious studies; education sciences; chemistry; clinical medicine; odontology; pharmacy; public health; earth sciences; sport and exercise medicine; engineering and technology; mathematics.

Studies at University of Otago cost between €15,500 and €21,700 per year depending on the course chosen. Various scholarships are available for international students, and French students applying for a PhD pay domestic tuition fees.

University of Otago also has a renowned language center where it is possible to pursue an intensive pathway to university program, or join a foundation year program.


Student life in Otago

The University of Otago is a historical university built on the model of a traditional campus. Studying in the center of a true campus is a unique and original experience for French students.

The main campus of the university is located in Dunedin — the largest city in the region of Otago — but the school also possesses other campuses in Wellington and Christchurch. Dunedin is a true student city: it is culturally rich, pleasant to live in, lively yet safe. The Scottish heritage of the city is visible in its historical architecture. Breathtaking natural landscapes surround the city and offer countless outdoor activities.

In terms of accommodation, international students can either choose to stay in a residential college or in a shared apartment with other students.


Join University of Otago

To apply to the University of Otago, students must hold a baccalaureate diploma and prove they have a sufficient level of English. English requirements for undergraduate studies are as follow: 6.0 or higher for the IELTS, 80 or higher for the TOEFL (Internet-based) or 550 or higher for the paper-based exam.

Students who do no meet the English requirements can opt for a Foundation Year program. For this course, students need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5; or a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based) and 70 (internet-based).

For more information on the University of Otago, student visas and application procedures, get in touch with a member of the Study Experience team.

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