Otago’s Faculty of Law has a vibrant, strong academic community and welcomes international students, who bring a highly-valued diversity and perspective.
International students may choose to complete an entire degree at Otago, take one or more papers here as part of an Exchange or Study Abroad programme, or conduct postgraduate research at Otago as a visiting student.
Undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes
The University of Otago encourages international student applications to the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Law.
If you are an international student considering a law degree at Otago, the best place to begin your enquiries is through the University’s International Office. It has a team of dedicated advisors, who provide excellent advice and support.
Student Exchange and Study Abroad
The University of Otago has a thriving Exchange programme with dedicated partner universities, and also a separate Study Abroad programme that students can access regardless of the university that they attend.
Exchange and Study Abroad students from overseas can enrol in a large number of Law papers (subject to Faculty approval and excluding 200-level papers).
Papers offered to Exchange and Study Abroad students include:
- LAWS 101 The Legal System
- LAWS 412 International Law
- LAWS 417 Criminal Justice
- LAWS 461 Law and Indigenous Peoples
- LAWS 440 Environmental Law
- LAWS 420 Law and the Democratic Process
- LAWS 421 International Environmental Law
- LAWS 428 Law and Emerging Technologies
- LAWS 447 Law and Medicine
- LAWS 467 International Human Rights Law
- LAWS 479 Mediation
For more information, download our brochure about Study Abroad and Exchange in the Faculty of Law, or contact the International Office:
Visiting students are postgraduate students enrolled in degree programmes at overseas institutions, who wish to visit Otago for research purposes, but without formally enroling in a degree programme or papers while they are here.
The Faculty of Law welcomes visiting students and values the important contribution that overseas postgraduate students can make to our rich and diverse research community.
Prospective visiting students are kindly requested to contact the International Co‑ordinator for the Faculty to discuss a proposed visit. You can find the current International Co‑ordinator listed on our staff page:
If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency to study law at Otago.
Students who wish to study law must have a minimum IELTS score of 7.5.