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International entrance requirements

A university entrance qualification is essential for admission to the University of Otago for all types of programmes.

Undergraduate entrance requirements

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance. To check if we recognise your previous studies, select the country where you gained the qualification below.

Find the entrance requirements for your country

 

Afghanistan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Albania entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Algeria entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Andorra entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Angola entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Anguilla entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Antigua and Barbuda entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Argentina entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Armenia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Aruba entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Australia entrance requirements

Australian Year 12 qualification with a minimum ranking score of 74.

This applies to students studying Australian qualifications outside Australia.

Austria entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Azerbaijan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bahamas entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bahrain entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bangladesh entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Barbados entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Belarus entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Belgium entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Belize entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Benin entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bermuda entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bhutan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bolivia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bosnia and Herzegovina entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Botswana entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Brazil entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Brunei entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Bulgaria entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Burkina Faso entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Burundi entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cambodia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cameroon entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Canada entrance requirements

Canadian High School Graduation with a minimum overall grade average of 70.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum average of 70% in six subjects in Grade 12. The score is calculated as an average of six Grade 12 OSSD University Preparation (4U) Courses or University/College Preparation (4M) Courses. This applies to students studying OSSD outside Canada.

Cape Verde entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cayman Islands entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Central African Republic entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Chad entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Chile entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

China entrance requirements

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.

Students with the requisite scores in Gaokao may be given direct entry to bachelor degree programme.

Colombia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Comoros entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Congo entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cook Islands entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Costa Rica entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cote D'Ivoire entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Croatia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cuba entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Cyprus entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Czech Republic entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Denmark entrance requirements

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

Djibouti entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Dominica entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Dominican Republic entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Ecuador entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Egypt entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

El Salvador entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Equatorial Guinea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Eritrea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Estonia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Ethiopia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Falkland Islands (Malvinas) entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Faroe Islands entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Fiji entrance requirements

University of the South Pacific Foundation Programme - with satisfactory grades.

Year 13 Certificate Examination - Minimum of 270/400 (including English). The score represents the total of the best three academic subjects plus English. No subject should be below 50%.

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Finland entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

France entrance requirements

Baccalauréat Général.

Gabon entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Gambia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Georgia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Germany entrance requirements

Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeine Hochschulsreife/Faehhochschulreif

Ghana entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Gibraltar entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Greece entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Greenland entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Grenada entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Guam entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Guatemala entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Guinea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Guinea Bissau entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Guyana entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Haiti entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Honduras entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Hong Kong entrance requirements

Completion of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with achievement at Level 4 or higher in English and at least two elective subjects, and Level 3 or higher in two other subjects (excluding Chinese language).

Hungary entrance requirements

Érettségi.

Iceland entrance requirements

Matriculation Examination (stúdentspróf).

India entrance requirements

Minimum overall average of 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English.

The scores are calculated on the best four academic subjects excluding local languages and non-academic subjects.

Indonesia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Iran entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Iraq entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Ireland entrance requirements

Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 5 higher level subjects with grades of C3 or higher.

Israel entrance requirements

Bagrut (Matriculation) or Mechina

Italy entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Jamaica entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Japan entrance requirements

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

Jordan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kazakhstan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kenya entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kiribati entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kosovo entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kuwait entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Kyrgyzstan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Lao People's Democratic Republic entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Latvia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Lebanon entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Lesotho entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Liberia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Liechtenstein entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Lithuania entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Luxembourg entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Macao entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Macedonia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Madagascar entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Malawi entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Malaysia entrance requirements

Minimum of three Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) “Principle Passes” with a minimum grade of 2.7. All passes must be gained in one sitting.

The grade point average is normally calculated on the best three STPM principal subjects (excluding the General Paper) taken at one sitting: A = 4, A– = 3.67, B+ = 3.33, B = 3.0, B– = 2.67, C+ = 2.33, C = 2.0, C– = 1.67, D+ = 1.33, D = 1.0.

A maximum of 15 points over six academic subjects, including one of Advanced Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, in the Senior Middle III Examination (UEC) of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools System.

Malaysian Matrikulasi Certificate with appropriate grade.

Maldives entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Mali entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Malta entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Marshall Islands entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Mauritania entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Mauritius entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Mexico entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Micronesia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Moldova entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Monaco entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Mongolia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Montenegro entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Montserrat entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Morocco entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Mozambique entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Myanmar entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Namibia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Nauru entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Nepal entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Netherlands entrance requirements

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

New Caledonia entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

New Zealand entrance requirements

New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the approved list.

You must also meet the following literacy and numeracy requirements:

Literacy
10 credits at Level 2 or above in standards from the specified list, with at least 5 credits in Reading and 5 credits in Writing. You cannot use IELTS, TOEFL or similar test.
Numeracy
10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of achievement standards, or a package of three numeracy units or standards (26623, 26626, 26627)

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

A minimum 120 points on the UCAS tariff with a grade of D or better at AS and/or A level in syllabuses from at least three different syllabus groups, which are broadly equivalent to the NCEA approved list.

You must also satisfy literacy and numeracy requirements, by either:

  • gaining an E grade or better in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English, and a D grade or better in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics, or;
  • meeting the NCEA literacy and numeracy requirement.

Nicaragua entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Niger entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Nigeria entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Niue entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Norfolk Island entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

North Korea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Norway entrance requirements

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Certificate of Upper School) with a minimum grade of 3.

Oman entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Pakistan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Palau entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Palestine entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Panama entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Papua New Guinea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Paraguay entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Peru entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Philippines entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Pitcairn entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Poland entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Portugal entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Puerto Rico entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Qatar entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Romania entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Russian Federation entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Rwanda entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Saint Kitts and Nevis entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Saint Lucia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Samoa entrance requirements

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

San Marino entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Sao Tome and Principe entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Saudi Arabia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Senegal entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Serbia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Seychelles entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Sierra Leone entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Singapore entrance requirements

Passes at Advanced Level with a minimum grade of 8. Numerical scores are normally calculated on three H2 Level academic subjects taken at one sitting (excluding the General Paper); or a minimum two H2 Level academic subjects taken at one sitting and two appropriate H1 Level academic subjects.

Completion of a Polytechnics Diploma with appropriate grades.

Slovakia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Slovenia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Solomon Islands entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Somalia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

South Africa entrance requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a grade of 5 in each of the four compulsory subjects and an average of 5 in the best three choice subjects.

South Korea entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

South Sudan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Spain entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Sri Lanka entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

St Helena entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

St Vincent and The Grenadines entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Sudan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Suriname entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Swaziland entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Sweden entrance requirements

Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskolan with grades of VG or MVG.

Examensbevis with minimum grade of C.

Switzerland entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Syria entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Taiwan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Tajikistan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Tanzania entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Thailand entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Timor-Leste entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Togo entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Tonga entrance requirements

3 'A' passes, plus 5 (satisfactory) or better in Pacific Senior School Certificare (PSSC) or Tonga Form 6 Certificate English and 6 (adequate) or better in Mathematics.

Trinidad and Tobago entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Tunisia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Turkey entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Turkmenistan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Turks and Caicos Islands entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Tuvalu entrance requirements

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate - 3 ‘A’ passes (‘merit’ or ‘excellence’), plus 5 or better in Pacific Senior School Certificate (PSSC) English and 6 or better in PSSC Mathematics)

Uganda entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Ukraine entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

United Arab Emirates entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

United Kingdom entrance requirements

Three passes at Advanced Level taken at one sitting with a minimum grade of 8.

In Scotland, appropriate passes at Higher Level are acceptable.

BTEC National Diploma at Level 3 with appropriate passes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

United States of America entrance requirements

High School Graduation Diploma with minimum B grade average and a minimum SAT score of 1190 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24.

Uruguay entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Uzbekistan entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Vanuatu entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Vatican City State (Holy See) entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Venezuela entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Vietnam entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Western Sahara entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Yemen entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Zambia entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

Zimbabwe entrance requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is the completion of a high school certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year’s study at an approved tertiary institution.

We also accept the following International qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 26 points.
  • GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8. 
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution.

Selection into Health Sciences Professional Programmes is limited and occurs after the completion of Health Sciences First Year. View Undergraduate Health Science Information for International Students.

Postgraduate entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand. 

A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.

If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

To study a PhD you usually require the completion of a master’s degree, or a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in the same area of study, or a related discipline, as your intended area of research.

Check the individual programme page for specific information on the entrance requirements of the programme you are interested in.

Applying for a research only Masters or PhD programme?

Before applying, you need to:

  1. Visit the website of the academic department appropriate to your subject.
  2. Identify the research interests of the relevant department(s) and individual staff members. The University of Otago expertise database is a good place to start.
  3. Develop a possible research topic that fits in with these interests.
  4. Approach a potential supervisor to see if vacancies exist for research supervision.

When applying, you need to include the following documents with your application:

  • The documents detailed above (academic transcripts, ECE, and proof of identity).
  • A detailed research proposal that shows you are familiar with current literature surrounding your topic.
  • An up-to date curriculum vitae.
  • The name of the academic staff member who has agreed to be your supervisor.
  • An approximate start date.

Don't meet the entrance requirements?

To help students acheive their goal of studying at Otago, the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year (UOLCFY) offers a pathway for students to meet the entrance requirements. It also provides a excellent preparation for academic study at the University of Otago.

Learn more about pathways to Otago

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