Once you receive your Offer of Place, you must complete important enrolment steps before arriving on campus.
Key international application dates
The main international student application period is 1 May–15 November, for studies commencing in semester 1 (February).
International student applications can be submitted from 1 May–30 April for studies commencing the following semester 2 (July).
Note: Some programmes have different application periods (e.g. programmes in teaching, oral health, dental technology, postgraduate dentistry). PhD and thesis-only Masters' applications can be submitted year-round, with support from a supervisor.
Dates leading into studies commencing semester 1, 2024
|1 May 2023||Application round opens for studies commencing in 2024 (semester 1 or semester 2)|
|1 July 2023||Applications open for undergraduate entrance scholarships (for domestic and onshore international students in a New Zealand high school)|
|1 August 2023||Applications open for residential college places (suitable for first-year undergraduate full degree students and Pathway students)|
|1 August 2023||Applications open for UniFlats accommodation (suitable for exchange, Study Abroad, postgraduate and some other groups of students)|
|15 August 2023||Deadline for onshore international students to apply for Otago entrance scholarships|
|30 September 2023||Deadline for onshore international students to apply for residential colleges|
|15 November 2023||Deadline for offshore international students to submit an application for full degree studies commencing in semester 1, 2024|
|1 December 2023||Deadline for Study Abroad applications|
|1 December 2023||Deadline for offshore international students to apply for Residential Colleges or UniFlats accommodation|
|10 December 2023||Deadline for onshore international students to apply for studies commencing in semester 1, 2024|
|17–18 February 2024||Residential colleges “move-in weekend”|
|19 February 2024||Recommended last day to arrive on campus for new international students studying in semester 1|
|19–23 February 2024||Orientation Week – compulsory international orientation and enrolment seminars|
|23 February 2024||Preliminary lectures|
|26 February 2024||Semester 1, 2024 – formal lectures begin|
Dates leading into studies commencing semester 2, 2024
|30 April 2024||Deadline for international applications commencing in semester 2, 2024|
|8 July 2024||Recommended last day for international students to arrive on campus|
|8–12 July 2024||Compulsory orientation and enrolment seminars for new international students|
|15 July 2024||Semester 2, 2024 – formal lectures begin|