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COVID-19 information for new international students currently in New Zealand

International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2022 bachelor’s studies

Key application dates

Applications for most undergraduate studies commencing semester 1 (February) 2022 must be received no later than 10 December 2021.

Other deadlines for applications include:

  • 31 August 2021 – Bachelor of Teaching
  • 15 September 2021 – Bachelor of Oral Health and Bachelor of Dental Technology
  • 10 December 2021 – deadline for all other undergraduate programmes

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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 2022 (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.

Accommodation guarantee

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) 2022, your completed accommodation application must be submitted by 30 September 2021 (note the CCRF reference must be completed by schools and is due by 15 September).

Read more about applying for accommodation

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.

For more information regarding this scholarship, refer to the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students

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.

Read more about Entrance Scholarships 

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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 2022 on campus at Otago.

Applications for studies commencing semester 1 (February) 2022 must be received no later than 10 December 2021.

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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 2022.
  • English for Otago intakes are offered in February and October 2022.
  • The Language Centre accepts new students on almost any Monday of the year.

More information about the pathway options to meet University of Otago entrance requirements

Scholarships

The Otago International Pathway Scholarship is offered to international students studying the Foundation Studies Certificate.

More information about the Otago International Pathway Scholarship

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Visa information

If you are already in New Zealand and will start studies with us in semester 1 (February) 2022, you must have an appropriate visa for studying at the University of Otago. The Student Visa Team is available to support you.

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.

Email student.visa@otago.ac.nz

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International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2022 masters’ degrees and postgraduate diplomas

All international students who are currently in New Zealand and who are admitted into a full-time coursework master’s degree, research master’s degree, postgraduate diploma or honours programme, and who have competitive grades (normally an A- grade or above), will be considered for an Otago International Excellence Scholarship, valued at NZ$10,000. You will be advised of any scholarship award in your offer of place.

The scholarship will be credited to the student’s tuition fees account.

Note: the MBA programme is not eligible for this scholarship.

Application deadlines for 2022

Applications for most programmes starting in semester 1 (February) 2022 must be received no later than 10 December 2021.

Note: The deadline for applying to the 2022 Master of Teaching and Learning programme is earlier, on 31 July 2021.

More information on Otago International Excellence Scholarships

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International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2022 other postgraduate studies

International students currently in New Zealand seeking to apply for a diploma for graduates or postgraduate certificate can find information on the postgraduate website.

Applications for postgraduate level studies starting in semester 1 (February) 2022 must be received no later than 10 December 2021.

Depending on your programme of study or other factors, you may be eligible for one or more of Otago’s extensive range of scholarships.

Scholarships for international students

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.

Prospective master’s thesis students should review the information on this page.

Connect with us

Gary Cao – Regional Market Manager

Email gary.cao@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 21 279 1277

(Chinese-speaker)

Tam Le – Regional Market Manager

Email tam.le@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 21 249 5006

(Vietnamese and Thai speaker)

Victoria McEniery – Regional Market Manager

Email victoria.mceniery@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 21 249 5006

Lauren Hall – Regional Market Manager

Email lauren.hall@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 21 279 3942

Schools' Liaison team

You can also connect with our Schools’ Liaison team who visit New Zealand schools throughout the year to help you with course planning for studies at Otago. Keep an eye out for the next Otago University visit or contact our team above.

Email liaison@otago.ac.nz

Visit otago.ac.nz/covid19 for ongoing updates.