Otago Polytechnic

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We are a leader in high quality education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand. Our qualifications are recognised around the world and will prepare you for global career success. 

Every year, Otago Polytechnic is pleased to welcome more than 7,000 full- and part-time students from all around the world to our campuses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland

We offer a wide range of qualifications, from certificates to postgraduate programmes, and have been given the highest possible quality rating from the New Zealand Government. 

Whether you want to improve your English or prepare for a career, study one of our 100+ programmes and enjoy the fun and safe New Zealand lifestyle. 


Why study at Otago Polytechnic

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    Information in other languages

    We're not all confident reading English, here is some information about Otago Polytechnic in your own language.

  • Study Abroad and Exchange

    New Zealand is the perfect destination to blend study, travel and adventure. A unique international experience awaits you!

  • International partnerships

    International partnerships are at the heart of Otago Polytechnic’s philosophy for learning and growth. 

  • International student support

    We have a range of support services to help you through any issues that might arise, and make sure your time here is rewarding and fun.

  • International entry criteria 

    Find out what qualification from your home country you need for entry into different levels of undergraduate study. 

  • Important information

    We are committed to providing an environment that is enjoyable, safe and secure for all students, staff and visitors.

  • Agent information

    Otago Polytechnic has a network of registered agents all over the world who can help make sure your application is as easy as possible.

  • How to apply

    You’ve decided you want to study but now you’re not sure what to do next. This step-by-step guide will tell you all you need to know!

New Zealand - Aotearoa 
Land of the long white cloud 

New Zealand is known for its stunning natural scenery, from mountains, to lakes and coastlines. New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis) are down-to-earth and friendly, and our lifestyle is relaxed, with a passion for the outdoors. ‘Kiwi ingenuity’ helps this small country achieve big things. With a history of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a cultural melting-pot. Over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third living in Auckland. The other main cities of Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin are where the majority of the remaining Kiwis dwell. 

With a population of four million people, New Zealand is one of the least crowded countries in the world. We offer convenience, opportunities and excitement, while remaining friendly, peaceful and safe.

You can enjoy outdoor pursuits like bungy-jumping, kayaking, surfing, skiing and hiking, and have access to the arts, cultural pursuits and modern technology - it’s all right on your doorstep! Enjoy your studies at Otago Polytechnic and experience a great lifestyle! 

Find out more about New Zealand.