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Getting started

Course advice

The best place to start your journey if you are unsure about career direction is to consult one of our Student Course Advisers.They offer a friendly ear to listen and provide guidance on what matters to you.

Make a course advice appointment

Next steps

  • Find out what programmes and papers are available via distance study
  • Contact the Department concerned to check your eligibility for your proposed course of study. The general department contact details for a programme is listed in the Distance Learning Prospectus.
  • Alternatively you can search the specific paper details direct to find out who will be teaching the paper. In order to apply, you will need to note the qualification you plan to undertake
  • In order to apply, you will need to note the qualification you plan to undertake.

Programmes and papers available via distance study

Search for a specific paper

Our qualifications

Online guides (Distance Learning, Postgraduate, Summer School)

If you require general information about studying at Otago, you can phone, email or live chat with AskOtago.

Contact AskOtago

Application dates

A comprehensive list of important dates for enrolment

Later applications may be accepted if facilities for tuition remain available, but you may be liable for an additional fee.

All necessary documentation concerning entrance qualifications, including name, date of birth, citizenship and / or residency must be provided on applying.

International students

International students (excluding New Zealand citizens living abroad) enrolling with the University for the first time should make enquiries via the International Office, where you will also find information about admission requirements and the application process.

Contact the International Office

Start dates

Course material is generally made available 1-2 weeks before the semester starts. Access to Blackboard occurs on the first day of the semester. You may be able to obtain a reading list earlier by contacting your programme administrator.