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Key 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).

- 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.

Step 1 – Select your course or programme

Undergraduate applications

Find your subject and study options

Postgraduate applications

If you are applying for a PhD or Research Master's degree there is a different application process. This may also apply to other postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate application process

Please refer to the department website for more information on postgraduate studies.

Step 2 – Check entry requirements and deadlines

Entry requirements

Check undergraduate entry requirements

Check postgraduate entry requirements

If you do not meet our academic or English language requirements you may wish to consider enrolling on one of our pathway or preparatory programmes.

University of Otago Pathway and English Language Centre

International student key dates and deadlines

Check important dates and deadlines

Step 3 – Apply online

All applications must be submitted online

You can apply directly online using the 'Apply Now' button on the top of the programme page.This takes you to the University of Otago admissions application system, called eVision.

Documents required

Please check you have the documents required for your application

Documents can be scanned and uploaded within eVision

Apply through an authorised agent

You can also apply through an authorised agent in your country.

Find an agent in your country

Additional steps if you are applying for a PhD or a Research Master's degree

Please ensure you have secured a supervisor and provided them with the necessary documentation

All postgraduate applicants (including Coursework Master's and Postgraduate Diplomas) should check with the Department or Faculty for any additional requirements before submitting your application online.

If you need assistance completing your application

Find an agent in your country

Contact us

Step 4 – Submit your application

Once you have completed your application information and uploaded your documents, you need to SUBMIT your application so it may be evaluated.

You will need to regularly check your eVision portal for any notifications or additional information that may be requested.

  • The University of Otago will send you (and your agent if applicable) an email within 4 to 6 working days confirming that we have received your application.
  • You will be assigned an Admissions Co-ordinator and all future correspondence will be made through your online portal.
  • We will inform you if your offer has been successful as soon as possible.
  • Please note, it may take up to 6 weeks.

Step 5 – Accept your Offer of Place

Successful applications will be issued with an Offer of Place letter through the eVision portal.

To secure your place will need to click the 'accept' button.

Your offer of place letter also has other important information including student visa, insurance, tuition fees and next steps.

How to prepare to come to Otago

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