About UO

University of Otago (UO) — public non-profit university. It is located in Dunedin, New Zealand. UO is an active member of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL).

According to QS International University Ranking, the institution is among the top-220 in the world.

At UO, you can get a bachelor, master and doctorate degree in different fields of study.

Dunedin, New Zealand
Establishment year
International students
Rating QS 2023

UO tuition fees

As in many other universities in the country, the academic calendar at UO is divided into two semesters. But for convenience, tuition fees are calculated per year. Tuition fees here are different for locals and foreigners. For locals, it starts from 4,196 USD, and for foreigners — a minimum of 12,631 USD. The educational institution helps students with tuition fees through scholarships. They are available to local and international students. Check the university website for up-to-date information on prices and scholarships.

Also, be prepared for additional expenses: accommodation, transportation, study materials, meals and personal expenses.

Academic calendar
4,196 USD/year
19,563 USD/year
4,709 USD/year
12,631 USD/year

Bachelor degree at UO

It is not possible to enter an undergraduate program at UO after the 11th grade. In New Zealand, school education lasts longer than 11 years, so applicants need to complete one of the preparatory programs (A-Levels, IB, Foundation, etc.), or study for a year at a university in their home country. Before applying to the university, you need to pass an exam for knowledge of the English language. The university accepts the results of IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score is 6. The TOEFL score is not lower than 80. A subject exam is required. The university relies on the SAT results. The IB diploma is accepted upon admission.


Master's degree at UO

The admission committee of the university takes into account the previous academic performance of the student. To confirm your level of English, you must pass IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 95. IELTS — 6 or higher. There is an opportunity for admission to online master's programs at UO.


UO campus

The campus of the educational institution is located in Dunedin. This opens up all the delights of life in a big city for students: a rich infrastructure, a large selection of entertainment, convenient transport, as well as more opportunities for internships or part-time jobs. However, for some students, such an abundance of opportunities can be distracting. The educational institution has its own library. Here, students do their homework or just have a good time reading an interesting book. Foreigners who come to UO through exchange programs study and live with local students. Thus, the university promotes intercultural exchange and the establishment of interethnic relations.

Campus Type

What to do after graduation

New Zealand allows university graduates to stay in the country from 1 to 3 years. To do this, you need to apply for a graduate visa, which allows you to work even without a formal offer from an employer. Graduates of UO find jobs without difficulty. One of the reasons is the good reputation of the university among employers, according to the results of the QS ranking. You can find other options for immigration in our article.

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