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International Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

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

General Entrance Requirements

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

African, Middle East, South American countries One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
Australia Australian Year 12 qualification with an appropriate ranking score (see grade requirements PDF)
Bangladesh One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
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 PDF)

China Appropriate Gaokao score and Senior High School graduation; or 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.
Denmark Studentereksamen (Gymnasium, HHX – Hojere Handeleksamen, HTX – Hojere Teknisk Eksamen) or Hojere Forberedelseseksamen.
Fiji Minimum of 270/400 (including English) in the Fiji Form VII (see grade requirements PDF); or USP Foundation Studies Programme.
France Baccalauréat Général.
Germany Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeine Hochschulreife/Fachhochschulreife.
Hong Kong 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 Érettségi
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 All-India Senior School Certificate with a minimum of 70% in English (see grade requirements PDF).
Indonesia One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year Programme.
Iran One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year Programme.
Israel Bagrut (Matriculation) or Mechina.
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).
Malaysia

Minimum of three STPM "Principal" level subjects with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF). All passes must be gained in one sitting.
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 grades.

Netherlands VWO-Gymnasium A or B; VWO-Atheneum A or B.
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF).
Pakistan One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
Philippines One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
Samoa A minimum of B3 (60%) average over 8 papers (including English A) in the University Preparatory Year of the National University of Samoa.
Singapore Passes at Advanced Level with appropriate grades (see grade requirements PDF).
Completion of a Polytechnics Diploma with appropriate grades.

South Africa Completion of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) with appropriate grades.
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.
Sri Lanka A minimum of three Sri Lankan Advanced Level subjects taken at one sitting with appropriate grades. (see grade requirements PDF)
Sweden Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskolan with grades of VG and MVG.
Examensbevis with minimum grade of C.

Taiwan One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
Thailand One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing. or successful completion New Zealand Foundation year programme.
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. BTEC National Diploma at Level 3 with appropriate passes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
USA High School Graduation Diploma with minimum B grade average and appropriate SAT Reasoning Test scores (see grade requirements PDF) or a minimum ACT composite score of 24.
Vietnam One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful completion New Zealand Foundation Year programme.
International Qualifications International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 26 points.
GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

The minimum requirement for students from many countries not listed is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year of 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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Grade Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programmes

The University has developed grades for some of the commonly used international qualifications. Download the Grade Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programmes (65kb).

 

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Admission Using Gaokao (for Chinese students)

The University of Otago is able to accept Gaokao scores for undergraduate degree admission.  Download the Gaokao requirements (95kb).

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Further Information

If you have any further queries regarding the entrance requirements for undergraduate international students please contact the International Office for more details.