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Otago Polytechnic New Zealand

-the first choice for the future

Choosing where to study can be one of the biggest decisions you make, particularly if it means leaving home, friends and family.

In a world of ever-increasing change, it is important to pursue an education, which not only provides well-recognised qualifications, but also allows you to gain realistic learning experiences and valuable living skills.

Otago Polytechnic places an emphasis on applied, skills-based learning and retains close links with the industries it serves. With an Otago Polytechnic qualification, you will be in an ideal position to enter the workforce, and pursue a successful career in any field, anywhere in the world.

Right now, in countries spanning the globe, thousands of Otago Polytechnic graduates are doing just that.

And they all started here.

Otago Polytechnic at a Glance

An internationally recognised, government-owned provider of degrees, diplomas and certificates. Otago Polytechnic is a modern educational institution, renowned for providing quality, career-focused education.

All programmes at Otago Polytechnic are highly applied, training students for real workplace situations. They are taught through a mix of practical and theoretical skills, and many programmes also include a work experience component.

Small classes ensure good student/teacher relationships. Students are seen as people with individual learning needs and are given individual attention where required.

Otago Polytechnic's main campus is situated in North Dunedin alongside the University of Otago and the Dunedin College of Education and is just five minutes' walk from the centre of town. The Polytechnic also has campuses in Central Otago where it offers specialies programmes in Adventure Tourism, Hospitality, Horticulture and Viticulture.

There are international students from over 25 countries at Otago Polytechnic. All Otago Polytechnic programmes offered to international students are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Otago Polytechnic's academic year begins in February, although some programmes offer an additional July intake. The graduation ceremonies are held in March and December each year.


Families can be assured that, while receiving a world class education at Otago Polytechnic, their loved ones will be safe.

Dunedin enjoys one of the lowest incidences of crime of all New Zealand cities. There is a 24 hour security service on campus.

Kia Ora and welcome to Otago Polytechnic

The International Centre is a busy welcoming place located on the first floor of F block in Forth Street. We are a staff of five and our areas of responsibility include responding to all your questions, enrolment and orientation, marketing in New Zealand and off shore, and student support and accommodation.

Student profile - where are Otago Polytechnic international students from?

There are approximately 230 international students here from 26 countries including Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Most international students come from China, India, Thailand, Hong Kong and Korea.


Otago Polytechnic offers a range of high quality programmes suitable for international students.The following links to school home pages will lead you to detailed information about programme content, entry requirements, qualification achieved, venues, programme duration and starting dates.

Faculty of Business and Tourism

Faculty of Art and Technology

Faculty of Health and Community

Otago Polytechnic Information Centre

The Geoff Mason Administration Centre(Block F), Forth Street, DunedinFreepost, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand


+64 3 477 30140800 SMARTMOVE0800 762 786


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Otago Polytechnic Information Centre

The Geoff Mason Administration Centre(Block F), Forth Street, DunedinFreepost, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin


+64 3 477 30140800 SMARTMOVE0800 762 786

EMAIL: +64 3 471 6870