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Online programmes

Many of our programmes are now available for online.

For all our online courses, we recommend the following:

  • Internet speed: A minimum 1Mbps to 3Mbps (Megabits per second)* download speed per user / device
  • Minimum hardware: Chromebook or laptop, with a webcam
  • Minimum software & applications: Devices should be running the latest operating systems and must be up to date with the latest version of application, i.e. Teams, Zoom etc
  • Optional hardware: Headset, a second monitor, printer

Bridging Programme

The Bridging Programme is a 6 week course designed to increase your chances of success in the Foundation Year programme. The programme is suitable for you if you could benefit from some additional preparation and support prior to commencing Foundation Year. Lessons will be delivered ‘live’ online by your teachers.

Bridging Programme webpage

 Foundation Year

Online Foundation Year (FY)

The University of Otago’s Foundation Year has always taken pride in delivering education for both international and domestic students on our beautiful campus. Now, as an international student, you can start your pathway to the University by studying all courses online from your home outside of New Zealand.

As an online student you will experience the same high-quality teaching and learning as your on-campus classmates. You will develop the academic skills and confidence to succeed in your future studies at Otago.

Foundation Year prepares you for all undergraduate degrees offered at the University of Otago through the four academic divisions – Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.

Foundation Year webpage

Foundation Year – what study options do I have?

Language Centre

Online Blended English Language Programme

The Online Blended English Language Programme is a part-time programme designed to support the learning programmes of institutions such as schools and universities, and can be delivered to large numbers of students. It offers the advantages of virtual classroom learning integrated with the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of e-learning, group learning, interactive self-study, and lessons from our highly qualified professional English teachers. This online programme is only available to students outside of New Zealand.

Online English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

EAP is offered on-campus as well as online for students outside of New Zealand. Each week you will have 15 hours of tuition and all classes will be delivered ‘live’ online by your teachers. It is a 15-week programme and you can enrol on any Monday. Tuition costs NZ$299 per week and you must enrol for a minimum of 4 weeks.

English for Academic Purposes webpage

Online English for Otago (EFO)

From October 2020, the English for Otago programme will be offered on-campus as well as online for students outside of New Zealand. Dates, entrance requirements and tuition fees will be the same as the on-campus programme, but the programme will be adapted for online delivery.

English for Otago webpage

Online General English (GE)

The General English programme is offered on-campus as well as online for students outside of New Zealand. The course content and dates will be the same as the on-campus programme. Each week you will have 15 hours of tuition. Tuition costs NZ$299 per week and you must enrol for a minimum of 4 weeks (or a half-term if you are planning to pathway to Foundation Year).

General English webpage

Online IELTS Preparation classes

Otago’s IELTS preparation courses at two levels are offered online to students both in New Zealand and abroad. They are designed to provide practice in each of the four skills tested, as well as the opportunity to develop the skills and techniques that will let you perform to your best when you take the IELTS test. The classes will be run live online and spaces in each class will be limited. These are 40-hour programmes that run over 4 weeks.

IELTS webpage

Online English lessons – how does it work?