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    OTAGO

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    The University of Otago provides a special educational environment. It is New Zealand’s oldest and most respected university and is the leading postgraduate research university in New Zealand* (PBRF Quality Evaluation 2012). Otago offers a vibrant campus lifestyle, attracting highly-talented students from all over New Zealand and overseas.

    *Otago was the only university to be ranked in the top four in all average quality scores (AQS) measures in the Government’s 2012 PBRF Evaluation.

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    PROGRAMMES

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    Otago offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the areas of Business, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. Intensive English preparation can be undertaken at the University’s Language Centre and the Foundation Year provides academic and English preparation for undergraduate study.

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    Otago places a strong emphasis on student support for its 2,600 international students. A dedicated International Office handles most application and support requirements, supplemented by a wide range of on-campus services.

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    DUNEDIN

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    Dunedin is the southernmost of New Zealand’s main centres and the largest city of the province of Otago. Dunedin’s strong Scottish influence is evident in the city’s strong commitment to education, a thriving arts scene and cultural life, and some of New Zealand’s most beautiful buildings. These sit alongside a spectacular natural environment, including a “Town Belt” of native bushes and trees, and a harbour and peninsula featuring yellow-eyed penguins and a colony of the Royal Albatross.

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    USEFUL INFORMATION

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    International Office

    PO Box 56

    Dunedin

    New Zealand

    Tel: +64 3 4798080

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    The University of Otago has a presence throughout New Zealand. Most undergraduate and postgraduate study takes place on the Dunedin campus, but the University also has campuses in Wellington and Christchurch. The Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences in Wellington and Christchurch are home to many leading researchers, and a large number of postgraduate courses are taught from these campuses.


    The main campus is in Dunedin, a city of culture and learning (population 123,000). The outlying region provides excellent outdoor recreation and field-studies opportunities. Students live in a mix of University and private accommodation within walking distance of academic and city facilities. This setting provides the vibrant campus lifestyle for which Otago is so famous.


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    • It is New Zealand’s oldest university, founded in 1869
    • The University of Otago is the leading research institution in New Zealand
    • It offers an unrivalled campus experience and vibrant cultural life
    • University of Otago graduates are highly regarded by employers
    • It has an extensive student exchange programme with over 90 partners in 32 countries
    • It offers high quality pathway programmes via
      the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year
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    INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES


    The University has agreements with institutions world-wide, allowing for teaching and research collaboration, and staff and student exchange. The University has over 90 partners for student exchange in 32 countries.


    The University is a member of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), a select international group of outstanding universities, with each member leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions. Other members of MNU include Dartmouth College (USA), Durham University (England), Queen’s University (Canada), Ebergard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany),
    The University of Western Australia and Uppsala Universiteit (Sweden).

     
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    RESEARCH


    The Government’s 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality assessment confirmed the University of Otago as the leading research institution in New Zealand. Otago was the only university to be ranked in the top four in all average quality score (AQS) measures. The PBRF ranked Otago first or second in 17 subjects areas. These included:


    • Anthropology and Archaeology
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • Engineering and Technology
    • History, Art History and Classics
    • Law
    • Pharmacy
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Public Health
    • Pure and Applied Mathematics
    • Sociology, Gender and Social Work
    • Sport and Exercise Science
    • Theology and Religious Studies


    Otago also has more first or second-ranked subject areas than any other institution and more than 55% of Otago’s academic staff were identified as nationally or internationally distinguished.


    The University has developed Research Themes and Research Centres to encourage multidisciplinary research across academic fields. The University has also invested in a Centre for Innovation, bringing academic and applied researchers together to pursue commercial development of research outcomes

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    AFRICAN, MIDDLE EAST, SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or a completed polytechnic diploma.

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    AUSTRALIA

    Australian Year 12 qualification with an appropriate ranking score (see grade requirements)

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    BANGLADESH

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing

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    CANADA

    Canadian High School Graduation with a minimum overall grade average of 70%. Specific requirements may vary from Province to Province.

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum average of 70% in six subjects in Grade 12 (see grade requirements)

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    CHINA

    Senior High School graduation and one year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing; or Senior High School graduation and completion of a diploma with high passing grades at a recognised institute or university.

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    DENMARK

    Studentereksamen (Gymnasium, HHX – Hojere Handeleksamen, HTX – Hojere Teknisk Eksamen) or Hojere Forberedelseseksamen.

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    FIJI

    Minimum of 270/400 (including English) in the Fiji Form VII (see grade requirements PDF).

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    FRANCE

    Baccalauréat Général.

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    GERMANY

    Abitur or Zeugnis der Fachgebundenen Hochschulreife or Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife.

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    HONG KONG

    Three passes at Advanced Level taken at one sitting with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF).

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    HUNGARY

    Érettségi

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    INDIA

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing; or a minimum overall average of 75% in the Indian School Certificate or the the All-India Senior School Certificate with a minimum of 70% in English (see grade requirements PDF).

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    INDONESIA

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    IRAN

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    ISRAEL

    Bagrut (Matriculation) or Mechina.

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    JAPAN

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing; or completion of a junior college diploma of 2 or 3 years’ duration (for admission to general degrees only).

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    MALAYSIA

    Minimum of three STPM “Principal” level subjects with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF). All passes must be gained in the one sitting.
    A maximum of 15 points over six academic subjects in the Senior Middle III Examination (UEC) of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools System.

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    NETHERLANDS

    VWO-Gymnasium A or B; VWO-Atheneum A or B.

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    NORWAY

    Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF).

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    PAKISTAN

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    PHILIPPINES

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    SAMOA

    A minimum of B3 (60%) average over 8 papers (including English A) in the University Preparatory Year of the National University of Samoa.

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    SINGAPORE

    Passes at Advanced Level taken at one sitting with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF).

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    SOUTH AFRICA

    Completion of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) with appropriate grades.

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    SOUTH KOREA

    Completion of High School Leaving Certificate plus one year’s successful study at a recognised institution of University standing, with good passing grades.

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    SRI LANKA

    A minimum of three Sri Lankan Advanced Level subjects taken at one sitting with approprite grades.

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    SWEDEN

    Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskolan with grades of VG or MVG.

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    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    THAILAND

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    UNITED KINGDOM

    Three passes at Advanced Level taken at one sitting with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF). In Scotland, appropriate passes at Higher Level are acceptable.

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    High School Graduation Diploma with minimum B grade average and appropriate SAT Reasoning Test scores (see grade requirements PDF).

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    VIETNAM

    One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.

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    WORLDWIDE

    International Baccalaureate (Full Diploma) awarded with a minimum of 26 points.


    UNDERGRADUATE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


    To be eligible for entry to undergraduate programmes, all students must hold qualifications that are acceptable to the University of Otago.


    If you have undertaken study at a New Zealand High school you can use your National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) credits to gain admission to the University of Otago.


    The University recognises many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance and some of these are listed on the right hand page.

    The minimum requirement for students from many countries not listed is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.


    Entry requirements are constantly reviewed and the University reserves the right to amend the above requirements at any time.


    Students who do not hold acceptable qualifications may qualify for admission to the University of Otago by completing the University of Otago Foundation Year.

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    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-only programme designed for students who intend to pursue an academic or research career. The PhD can usually be completed in a minimum of three years. Admission usually requires the completion of a master’s degree, or a four-year first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in the same area of study, or a related d­iscipline, as the intended area of research. Applicants for this degree, Masters’ degrees, must have evidence of a research background.


    MASTERS’ DEGREES

    Masters’ degrees are typically research-only, but some can be a combination of coursework and research, or a mainly coursework programme. A master’s degree is normally a full-time one-year programme for candidates with a four-year honours degree or postgraduate diploma, and a two-year programme for candidates with a standard bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is normally undertaken in the same area of study as the major subject pursed for a bachelor’s degree, postgraduate diploma or honours degree.


    Increasingly, new coursework masters’ programmes are being developed which are 1-1.5 years in length and allow entry after a standard bachelor’s degree. Such programmes are usually designed to take students from diverse academic backgrounds.


    POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

    A postgraduate diploma provides a specialist one-year postgraduate qualification and a pathway to research study, extending the knowledge gained in a bachelor’s degree. It is typically offered by coursework plus a small research project. A postgraduate diploma can be taken directly after the completion of a bachelor’s degree. It is usually undertaken in the same area of study as the major subject pursued for a bachelor’s degree, or in a related discipline.


    POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

    A postgraduate certificate is generally a six-month coursework qualification which recognizes continuing professional development in the same area as the candidate’s original degree. It is generally only available in the Division of Health Sciences. A postgraduate certificate can be taken directly after the completion of a bachelor’s degree. It is usually undertaken in the same area of study as the major subject pursued for a bachelor’s degree or in a related discipline.

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    ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

    All courses at the University of Otago are taught and examined in English. If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. The minimum requirements for standard international tests are:


    Foundation Year

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 in the academic module
    • Paper-based TOEFL score of 525
    • Internet-based TOEFL score of 70 (writing score of 15)


    Undergraduate

    • IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
    • Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
    • Internet-based TOEFL of 80 with a writing score of 20
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Grade C


    Postgraduate

    • IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
    • Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
    • Internet-based TOEFL of 95 with a writing score of 22
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Grade B


    Intensive English classes are available at the University of Otago Language Centre.

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    The University of Otago Language Centre

    The University of Otago Language Centre offers General English and a variety of English courses and pathways to university study:


    • English for Academic Purposes
    • IELTS, TOEFL iBT
    • English for International Communication with TOEIC
    • Non-IELTS pathways to the Foundation Year and to undergraduate and postgraduate study


    The Language Centre is a registered examination centre for IELTS, iBT TOEFL and TOEIC. It offers five levels of English tuition from elementary to advanced. There are typically three 90-minute classes each day (4.5 hours), and a total of 22.5 hours of classes each week. Class sizes are small and students have access to a multimedia language laboratory, a computer suite and an independent learning centre with email and internet.


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    The University of Otago Foundation Year

    The University of Otago Foundation Year provides academic and English preparation for undergraduate degrees at Otago and provides a university entry qualification for students seeking admission to undergraduate degrees at all other New Zealand universities. After completing the 8-month Foundation Studies Certificate to the required standard, students are guaranteed a place in most University of Otago first year courses for which they have prepared. Foundation Year intakes are in February, June and October.


    The following academic streams provide specific preparation for undergraduate degrees offered at Otago:


    • Arts
    • Applied Science
    • Business/Commerce
    • Health Sciences (February and June intakes only)
    • Life Sciences


    Students are taught in lecture theatres and laboratories on-campus, as well as in classrooms in a purpose-built facility. Students learn how to work and study independently and in small groups, develop communication, time management and problem-solving skills, and improve their essay writing and research skills.


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    ACADEMIC YEAR

    The University academic year is divided into two semesters:

    First Semester: late February to late June.

    Second Semester: early July to mid November.

    In addition, a Summer School is offered from early January to mid February.

    The University of Otago Foundation Year has intakes in February, June
    and October.

    All bachelors’ degrees and most postgraduate coursework degrees and diplomas can be commenced in the First Semester (February). A limited number of degrees and diplomas can be commenced in the second semester (July); a second semester start may not be recommended for all major subjects.

    Research students may apply and commence study at any time


    APPLICATION CLOSING DATES

    Application closing dates are as follows:

    • Summer School (January) - 31 October of the preceeding year
    • First Semester start (February) - 31 October of the preceeding year (but late applications not requiring evaluation for credit, will be considered until 1 December)
    • Second Semester start (July) - 30 April of the year you intend to commence your study.


    Some programmes may have starting dates which differ from the above. Students applying for research-only programmes for masters’ degrees or PhD may apply and commence study at any time of the year.

    Important dates for international students


    APPLICATION PROCESS

    An application can be submitted in one of two ways:

    As an individual

    All independent International applicants must apply for admission to the university through the International Office using our online application system, eVision.

    www.otago.ac.nz/international/apply/index.html

    Through an agent

    Approved University of Otago representatives & agents

    What to include with your online application

    • Academic documentation in English and certified by a responsible authority
    • Evidence of English proficiency
    • Citizenship status


    Students who are applying on the basis of previous tertiary study may also be required to submit an Educational Credentials Evaluation (ECE).

    All academic transcripts and award certficates must be witnessed (certified/notarised) by a responsible authority. Documents not in English must be accompanied by witnessed English language translations.

    Please consult the University of Otago website for a description of the application process for undergraduate degree-seeking students, for postgraduate degree or diploma-seeking students and for Study Abroad students.


    What happens with your application

    Once your application has been received, it will be assessed for eligibility. If your application is successful, you will be sent an offer letter notifying you of the offered programme, the programme start date and a fees estimate.


    Once you have received your offer letter, you can commence the process for student visa application.

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    The International Office is a focal point for international students at Otago. The Office provides information, support and advice to future and current international students and to students wishing to study overseas on exchange programmes. It runs on-campus orientation programmes for new students, operates the International Friendship Network , and can assist with student visa renewals and the provision of medical and travel insurance. International Student Advisers are available on a confidential basis to assist international students with any issues or questions that may arise during their time at Otago such as:


    • cultural adjustment
    • homesickness
    • family support
    • general health and wellbeing
    • academic issues
    • providing student status documentation
    • flatting and accommodation issues


    Advisers can refer students to other specialised services as required.

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    Student Health Services

    Student Health Services is situated on-campus and provides medical, nursing, counselling and psychiatric advice and treatment for all enrolled students on a confidential basis.


    Student Learning Centre

    The Student Learning Centre provides a free and confidential academic support service to all students at all levels of study. The support provided includes study skills guidance and advice, on-line study guides and tutorials, writing support, and opportunities for students whose second language is English to join a group to practise conversational English skills with native speakers.


    Disability Information and Support

    Disability Information and Support provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments. Student Advisors are available to help and to put a support plan in place. Students should check well in advance of enrolment to ensure the University can meet their specific needs. As there may be costs associated with some support services, it is important that you are aware of these before you commit to studying at Otago.


    Information Technology Services

    Information Technology Services’ staff provide the first line of support for students using computers and internet-based systems at Otago. Computer resource rooms are located around the Dunedin campus and several are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Help and training in the use of the Student Computing System is provided by staff. Wireless internet access is available at selected campus locations, including all libraries on-campus.


    Libraries

    The University Library collection includes more than 3 million items and is held in a number of facilities across campus, including the Central Library, the specialist Law, Health Sciences, Education, and Science libraries and the Hocken Collection (New Zealand archival material). The Central Library is in the University’s multi-award-winning Information Services Building.


    Students’ Association

    The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) runs an orientation programme at the start of the academic year. It also organises many social and sporting events, a weekly student newspaper and an FM radio station. OUSA offers help and advice to students and membership provides students with access to facilities such as cafes, the UNIPOL Recreation Centre, Clubs and Societies Centre, and social events.

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    There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer an 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.

    If your first choice of accommodation is not available the University will offer you an alternative where possible.

    The following accommodation options are available:

    Residential Colleges (15)

    University Flats (University managed flats/houses, self-catering)


    International students who are accepted for a residential college are expected to be active participants in the social, cultural and recreational programmes organized by the residents’ association. All residential colleges are fully catered or provide a meal plan as well as providing computer facilities and broadband access, social and sporting activities, guidance and support from senior students, and study tutorials. Most Residential Colleges are for undergraduate students in their first year of study but a few can accommodate postgraduate students. Abbey College is specifically for postgraduate students. Residential colleges are generally within walking distance of the campus.


    The University flats provide a single room in a flat/house with the costs of living together shared by the residents. Most of these flats have a New Zealand host student and are generally within walking distance of the campus.


    Contact the International Accommodation Adviser for more information.

    Email [email protected]

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    Recreation Services offers a comprehensive range of recreational facilities, activities and services on- and off-campus. At the Unipol Recreation Centre you can find out about the many activities, courses and tours available – from crafts and leisure activities to social sports and outdoor pursuits. Sport and recreation equipment is available for hire. The Unipol recreation centre also offers weight training and cardio rooms, fitness classes and gym space for basketball, table tennis and more.

    In addition, the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) runs a Club and Societies Centre, covering over 100 diffferent cultural, sporting, political and religious interests. OUSA also owns an Aquatic Centre for University rowers, windsurfers and kayakers, a yacht club and squash courts

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    The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, published by the New Zealand Ministry of Education, provides a framework for education providers to ensure a high standard of care and wellbeing is maintained for international students while they live and study in New Zealand. The University of Otago is a signatory to the Code of Practice.

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    Dunedin is the southernmost of New Zealand’s main centres and the largest city in the province of Otago. Although relatively small in size (population 123,000), it boasts many natural attractions as well as facilities usually offered only by cities many times its size.

    The central city streets are lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. Modern shopping malls trade alongside boutiques, galleries, and weekly craft and farmers’ markets. The Dunedin Public Art Gallery, museums and libraries are among the finest in
    the country and professional theatre enjoys a
    high profile.

    Temperatures typically range from 14-24 degrees Celsius in the summer (December-February) to 5-13 degrees Celsius in the winter (June-August). Outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. There are more than150 walking tracks in the Dunedin environs, four championship golf courses and many other sporting facilities which are all easily accessible. The long natural harbour is favoured for watersports and St Clair beach is considered one of New Zealand’s best for surfing.

    Dunedin is encircled by a “Town Belt” of native bush and trees and its coastline is home to colonies of yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand fur seals and the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross.

    Just a few hour hours’ drive out of Dunedin are some of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions – rugged mountains, deep fiords, clear blue lakes – including the internationally-known resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, famed for their ski fields, adventure tourism, and a burgeoning wine industry.

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    • Dunedin Wine and Food Festival
    • Scottish Week
    • Fringe and Heritage Festivals
    • ID Dunedin Fashion Week
    • Regent 24-hour Book Sale
    • University Capping Show
    • Midwinter Festival and Polar Plunge
    • International Science Festival
    • Cadbury Chocolate Carnival
    • International Film Festival
    • Dunedin Marathon
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    • Surf at St Clair Beach
    • Fish for salmon in the Otago Harbour
    • Visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle
    • Go on a Speight’s Brewery Heritage Tour
    • Enjoy gourmet foods from the Otago Farmers’ Market
    • Mountain-bike around the Dunedin hills
    • See yellow-eyed penguins and Royal Abatross
    • Walk up the steepest street in the world, Baldwin St
    • Play golf at one of Dunedin’s many golf courses
    • Taieri Gorge Railway Trip


    Find out more about Dunedin

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    This publication is intended as a general guide for international students. The information provided is, as far as possible, up-to-date and accurate at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to add, amend or withdraw programmes and facilities, to restrict student numbers and to make any other alterations as it may deem necessary. The regulations of the University of Otago are published on the University’s website. www.otago.ac.nz