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Entrance Requirements

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A university entrance qualification is essential for admission to the University of Otago for all types of programmes. You must also be at least 16 years of age by the first day of classes in your period of study.

The information below applies only to domestic students applying for study at a New Zealand university for the first time.

Information for international students is available from our Future International Students page.

If you have been enrolled at another New Zealand university (whether in 2013 or previously) your method of admission will transfer from your previous institution.

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New Zealand University Entrance requirements

New Zealand University Entrance can be achieved through one of the following categories:

Please note that a non-refundable administration fee applies for applications under some of the above categories.

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Language requirements

If you are seeking admission to the University you must be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English.

You fulfil language requirements if you meet the admission criteria for:

If you do not meet the criteria for any of these methods of admission, and your first language is not English or Mäori, you must normally provide certified results in order to satisfy language Requirements for admission to the University of Otago.

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