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Applying for an undergraduate programme

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Applying to Otago is a simple process. All you need to do is:

  1. Complete our online application (follow the link and select the qualification you wish to apply for)
  2. Meet our academic entrance requirements
  3. Attach all the necessary supporting documents as explained below
  4. Meet our undergraduate English requirements

Application closing dates

  • Summer School: 31 October
  • First Semester: 31 October
  • Second Semester: 30 April

Documents you will need to provide

Gather and scan your supporting documents before you start.  As you go through the online application, you will be required to upload your supporting documents as follows:

1) You are required to provide scanned copies of your official high school or foundation transcripts (awards gained, marks, grades) with your application. 

International Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

NCEA Entrance requirements

2) Students who are basing their application on previous university study are also required to provide scanned copies of the relevant official transcripts. They may also be required to submit an Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE).  If you choose to submit your application through one of our approved agents an ECE report may not be necessary. Official University of Otago representatives & agents   An assessment of credit for prior study can only be undertaken on receipt of a completed application.

3) You are required to provide proof of your identity; this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of your passport or a birth certificate (in English). A scanned document may be uploaded in the first instance, but a 'hard copy' original or certified version of that document will be required in order to complete your enrolment. What is a certified/notarised copy?

As soon as you have completed your online application, your proof of identity document must be posted to:

International Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

We will contact you directly if additional information is required.

Meeting the English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. You can submit your application without an English result and provide this at a later date.

Please Note: If you are an NCEA student, only the NCEA literacy requirement will be acceptable.

The most commonly used English language tests we recognise are as follows:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 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
  • IB International Baccalaureate - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher level in Language B
  • University of Otago Foundation Studies Ltd - successful completion of ‘English for Undergraduate Academic Purposes’ paper

For a full list of English language tests we accept please see: English language requirements for undergraduate applicants

The following programmes require higher levels of achievement than the minimum requirements listed above:

  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Teaching or Bachelor of Education Studies are required to provide an IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0

Frequently asked questions

Can I study medicine?

A limited number of places are available each year for international students on a competitive entry basis, further information.

How much will it cost to study?

Check our International Tuition Fees schedule to find out how much your course will cost.

How long is the course?

Check our International Prospectus to find out how long your course will take.

Are there any undergraduate scholarships?

Scholarships for undergraduate study are available for intending international students who are currently completing Year 13 in New Zealand secondary schools. More information can be found under University of Otago Entrance Scholarships.

What can I study?

A list of all subjects available can be found here.

More questions?  Check out AskOtago, our knowledge base.