5 reasons why you should select the University of Otago for your higher studies

“An awesome learning experience” Annie Subactagin, Pakistan


Founded in 1868, The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university.
Ranked 175th in the world (QS World Rankings 2018).
Offers more than 190 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Won international accolades as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Campus’ in the world by Huffington Post (ranked 15th) and Daily                   Telegraph (ranked 16th).
·         Located centrally with walking distances between campus, accommodation, city centre, recreational activities and  entertainment.

·        Ideally placed to explore the spectacular south Island of New Zealand in the weekends.


1. The Campus & the City

“Dunedin had a small, college town vibe, which was completely opposite from the metropolitan city vibe of my university.” Melanie Allegretti, USA

The University of Otago is located in New Zealand’s only true ‘Student City of Dunedin’ – the beautiful and compact campus is home to more than 20,000 students. Dunedin is built around  the University of Otago, so that the campus is within ten minutes of the city centre. The University is the main cash cow of Dunedin, providing business opportunities and employment to city’s residence. The architectural grandeur and accompanying gardens of Otago University led to it being ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful universities in consecutive years.

2. A Tradition of Academic Excellence

“Otago was the first university in NZ to produce a female law graduate: Ethel Benjamin, who graduated with an LLB in 1893.” Andrew Lim, Malaysia

The University has a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and academic excellence. It is best known for its medical and dentistry schools in addition to, law, commerce, science, humanities, and education departments. At present, Otago has the only dentistry school in New Zealand. The university also excels in non traditional scholarship. Otago’s School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences caters for students who wish to enter the exponentially growing multi billion dollar sports industry as a qualified sports manager.

Otago offers a first-class education across more than 195 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Business, Health Sciences and Humanities. They offer more than 195 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the areas of

      • Arts and Music
      • Commerce
      • Dentistry
      • Education
      • Health Sciences
      • Law
      • Medicine
      • Pharmacy
      • Physical Education
      • Physiotherapy
      • Science
      • Surveying
      • Tertiary Teaching
      • Theology

The University fosters a strong multi disciplinary research culture. It has been recognized  by the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology as the country’s most research intensive university and was ranked top for research quality by Tertiary Education Commission.

3. An Impressive Knowledge Repository

Otago University has about eight libraries at its Dunedin campus. The university has a working relationship with Dunedin Public Hospital and Otago Polytechnic, which shares the Robertson Library. Otago is also home to the Hocken Collections, which is one of New Zealand’s premier historical archives and has a lot of material relating to the history of the Otago and Southland regions. In addition, Otago has smaller satellite campus in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland.

4. Ranking

In the almost 150 years since it was opened, Otago has prided itself on being a research-led University with an international reputation. 13 of its subjects and programs including dentistry, psychology, law, and history have ranked in the top 100 universities of the 2016 QS World Universities Ranking.  It is ranked 175 in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. (see http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago600001.html.)

5. Student Life

“The students are also super welcoming and super fun! There is never a shortage of things to do in Dunedin, day or night. Really try to get to know the Kiwis because they are awesome people.” Kimberly, USA

Otago is known for its vibrant student life, particularly its flatting, which is often in old houses. Otago students have a long standing tradition of naming their flats.