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What documents do you need to apply?

You need to upload documentation as you go through your online application. Gather and scan your supporting documents before you start your application.

Academic transcripts

You must provide scanned copies of your previous official academic transcripts (awards gained, marks, grades) with your application.

If you are applying for undergraduate study you are required to provide scanned copies of your official high school or foundation transcripts with your application.

For postgraduate applicants you are required to provide scanned copies of your official tertiary education transcripts. High school results are not necessary.

Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE)

You may be required to submit an Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE). If this applies to you, your application will not be assessed until your ECE report has been received by us.

If your qualifications are not from a country listed below you will need to provide an Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) report.

Member countries of the European UnionAustralia                                                             
CanadaFiji
Hong KongJapan
MalaysiaNorway
SingaporeSouth Africa
South KoreaSwitzerland
USA

If you choose to submit your application through a University of Otago approved agent, or you are from an institution with which the University of Otago has a Student Exchange agreement, an ECE report may not be necessary. 

If your qualifications are from more than one country, and the country where the highest (usually most recent) qualification was taken is on the above ‘exemption’ list an ECE report will not usually be required.

To apply for an ECE the application form can be downloaded from the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) website. ECE applications should be submitted to ECE directly. You are required to request and pay for the course by course evaluation option, with both you and Otago each receiving a copy of the report. Please arrange for ECE to send a copy of your report to the following address:

International Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Proof of your identity

When you apply to study at the University of Otago you will be asked to provide evidence of your full name, date of birth, and nationality. This is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of your passport or a birth certificate (in English). A scanned document may be uploaded in the first instance, but a 'hard copy' original or certified version of that document will be required in order to complete your enrolment.

As soon as you have completed your online application, your proof of identity document must be posted to:

International Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

What is a certified/notarised copy?

Your passport or birth certificate must be certified by a person of suitable authority and according to the guidelines below. Documents that have not been certified correctly will not be accepted.

The following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • Your agent (if you applied for admission through an authorised agency)
  • A Lawyer
  • A Notary Public
  • A Justice of the Peace
  • A Commissioner of Oaths
  • A Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar
  • A Member of Staff at a New Zealand Embassy

The authorised person must note on the copied document:

  • "Certified true copy" (in English)
  • Their authority (in English)
  • Their name
  • Their signature
  • Their official stamp
  • Certification must be done in English for it to be accepted

If you need to provide additional information, we will let you know when we are assessing your application.

Applying for a research only Masters or PhD programme?

As a potential research student, you need to be well-prepared, and show initiative and aptitude.

Before applying, you need to:

  1. Visit the website of the academic department appropriate to your subject.
  2. Identify the research interests of the relevant department(s) and individual staff members. The University of Otago expertise database is a good place to start.
  3. Develop a possible research topic that fits in with these interests.
  4. Approach a potential supervisor to see if vacancies exist for research supervision.

When applying, you need to include the following documents with your application:

  • The documents detailed above (academic transcripts, ECE, and proof of identity).
  • A detailed research proposal that shows you are familiar with current literature surrounding your topic.
  • An up-to date curriculum vitae.
  • The name of the academic staff member who has agreed to be your supervisor.
  • An approximate start date.

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