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Welcome to Marine Science at Otago. We have many international students from around the world studying here, and we know how to help you find your way around. Here are a few facts and links you may find helpful:

The academic year in New Zealand begins in late February. Unless you are taking a degree that has no classes (e.g., PhD), you must apply by 31 October, and arrive in mid-February. (Please note: AQFI 301 and AQFI 421 begin on 1 Feb.)

The university has an excellent International Office that will coordinate your arrival and help you to set up a base in Dunedin.

Please see their webpages here:

Ask a query directly to the International Office by filling in their online enquiry form:

How do I apply? Use the “Apply Now” button on the relevant qualification page.

When? Applications are due on 31 October, except for the PhD which can be applied for any time.

How much will it cost? International fees info is here:

Need money? Scholarships info is here:

Need to ask a more specific question? Contact Marine Science at

International student, Stina Kolodzey, came from Germany to study marine science at the University of Otago.

Find out why she chose to study in New Zealand, and watch her video

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