International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2023 bachelor’s studies
Key application dates
The application period for 2023 studies opens in early May. Applications for most undergraduate studies commencing semester 1 (February) 2023 must be received no later than 10 December 2022.
Other deadlines for applications include:
- 31 August 2022 – Bachelor of Teaching
- 15 September 2022 – Bachelor of Oral Health and Bachelor of Dental Technology
- 10 December 2022 – deadline for all other undergraduate programmes
Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students
All international students who are currently in New Zealand and who are admitted to start full-time bachelor’s studies in 2023 (starting either semester 1 or semester 2) for the first time at a New Zealand university, will be awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students valued at NZ$10,000.
The scholarship will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
There is no additional application process required to be offered this scholarship. Eligibility will be assessed as part of your admission application. Formal scholarship offers will be sent via eVision (the University's application system).
The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students offer also includes a guaranteed place in University accommodation, either in an Otago residential college or a UniFlat (subject to a satisfactory reference and completing an accommodation application).
You apply for accommodation via your eVision account once you have submitted an application for studies. In order to be considered in the first round of accommodation placements for semester 1 (February) 2023, your completed accommodation application must be submitted by 30 September 2022 (note the CCRF reference must be completed by schools and is due by 15 September).
This scholarship and accommodation guarantee offer is in recognition of the additional challenges international students in New Zealand have faced as a result of the COVID‑19 pandemic, particularly in being unable to make a return trip to visit their families and in support of their decision to stay in the country to commence university studies at the University of Otago.
Other University of Otago Entrance Scholarships
International students currently in New Zealand and applying for Bachelor’s studies are also encouraged to apply for other University of Otago Entrance Scholarships, up to the value of NZ$30,000.
The application period for these scholarships is open between 1 July–15 August 2022.
International students currently in New Zealand who have previously studied in a NZ university
If you are an international student currently in New Zealand who has previously studied at a New Zealand university, you are most welcome to apply for bachelor’s level studies commencing in 2023 on campus at Otago.
Applications for studies commencing semester 1 (February) 2023 must be received no later than 10 December 2022.
International students currently in New Zealand who do not yet meet University entry requirements
The University of Otago offers a range of pathway options to meet entrance requirements. This includes the Foundation Studies Certificate, the Bridging Programme and a range of English language programmes – taught on campus at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
- Foundation Studies Certificate intakes are offered for February, June and October.
- English for Otago intakes are offered in February and October.
- The English Language Centre accepts new students on almost any Monday of the year.
The University of Otago Pathway | Te Huarahi Scholarship accepts applications from international students applying to study for the Foundation Studies Certificate.
All international students must have a valid student visa to study at the University of Otago.
It is your responsibility to ensure you hold a valid visa and passport.
Students in New Zealand and offshore must apply for student visas online through the Immigration New Zealand website. The University of Otago’s Student Visa Services will continue to provide assistance and support to students making onshore visa applications as required.
To avoid delays in visa processing, it is strongly recommended that you apply for your visa as soon as you have received your unconditional admission offer and have paid your tuition fee.
It is important to provide a copy of your visa to the University and keep the University updated with visa information.
International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2023 postgraduate studies
You can explore the range of postgraduate subjects and research opportunities from the postgraduate website:
Applications for most postgraduate level studies starting in semester 1 (February) 2023 must be received no later than 10 December 2022.
- The deadline for applying to postgraduate Dentistry programmes is 31 May 2022
- The deadline for applying to the Master of Teaching and Learning programme is 31 July 2022
- PhD applications are received on a continuous basis
Depending on your programme of study or other factors, you may be eligible for one or more of Otago’s extensive range of scholarships.
PhD, doctoral and research master's studies
Information for applicants to research master’s degrees, PhD and other doctoral studies is found on the Graduate Research School webpages. A number of scholarships are available for research students including generous doctoral scholarships and dedicated international research master's scholarships.
Prospective PhD applicants should review the information on this page. Please note that we continuously accept applications for the PhD programme.
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