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

Important admission updates for 2021 applicants and offer holders.
Further information

International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2021 bachelor’s studies

All international students who are currently in New Zealand and who are admitted to start full-time bachelor’s studies in 2021 (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 (New Zealand) 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.

Applications for undergraduate studies commencing semester 2 (July) must be received no later than 15 June 2021.

This scholarship 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 e-Vision account once you have submitted an application for studies. In order to be considered in the first round of accommodation placements for semester 2 (July) 2021, your completed accommodation application must be submitted by 15 May 2021.

This scholarship and accommodation guarantee offer is in recognition of the additional challenges international students in New Zealand have faced in the past year, 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 Otago in 2021.

For more information on the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students (New Zealand)

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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 semester 2 (July) 2021 on campus at Otago.

Applications for studies commencing semester 2 (July) must be received no later than 15 June 2021.

Please note that the above scholarship and accommodation guarantee offer is not applicable to you.

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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 Year programme and a range of English language programmes, taught on campus at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

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

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Visa information

If you are already in New Zealand and will start studies with us in semester 2 (July) 2021, you must have an appropriate visa. The Student Visa Team is available to support you.

Email student.visa@otago.ac.nz

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International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2021 coursework 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 or postgraduate diploma (for one of the eligible programmes), and who have competitive grades (normally an A- grade or above), will be considered for an Otago International Excellence Scholarship, valued at NZD $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.

Applications for postgraduate level studies starting in semester 2 (July) 2021 must be received no later than 1 June 2021.

For more information on Otago International Excellence Scholarships

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International students currently in New Zealand applying for 2021 other postgraduate studies

International students currently in New Zealand seeking to apply for a Diploma for Graduates, postgraduate certificate, or other coursework postgraduate programme can find information on the postgraduate website.

Applications for postgraduate level studies starting in semester 2 (July) 2021 must be received no later than 1 June 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

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.

New applications for 2022 studies

New applicants seeking to apply for studies commencing in 2022 will be able to apply from 1 May 2021 through our eVision application system.

Scholarships and tuition fee costs for studies starting in 2022 are due to be confirmed by mid-2021.

Explore the University of Otago's study options

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