Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s first government university, and is ranked 175th in the 2018/19 QS world university rankings. Otago is also Australasia’s only true student city – the university and the city developed together, so Dunedin is one of just a handful of places worldwide where education is the main activity of the city. Otago provides an unmatched campus life and lifestyle where international students will live with local students and have a true ‘kiwi’ experience. Our 20,000 students make up one fifth of Dunedin’s population creating an energy and atmosphere that you’ll only find at Otago. Our campus and residential colleges are located within the heart of the city and only a short walk separates them.
Otago has a mix of learning styles and spaces. Predominantly classes are taught in a lecture setting, and are complimented by laboratories and tutorials. Otago prides itself on its warm and approachable style of teaching – often a surprise to students from other parts of the world. Lecturers and supervisors are readily available and willing to help – they want their students to be the best they can be. State-of-the-art Mellor Laboratories is now completed, the Otago Business School has recently unveiled an awarding winning multi- million-dollar redevelopment and free Wi-fi (1 GB/second) is accessible throughout the campus. Otago may have a beautiful and historic campus, but it’s facilities, research led and personable teaching is preparing students for life in the 21st century.
Dunedin is also the gateway to the beautiful south of the South Island – Queenstown, Fiordland, Wanaka and the wild West Coast. Our international students spend their weekends exploring our extraordinary backyard – picture postcard mountains and fjords, sandy beaches that surfers share with native wildlife, vineyards – weekends are about recreation, adventure and leisure time outdoors.