Established in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first university and enjoys a long and distinguished educational heritage. The university is ranked within the top 1 percent of universities globally and has developed a widely renowned research and teaching profile.
Otago has campuses in the North and South Islands, and their Dunedin campus is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world, boasting forested hills, beaches, incredible wildlife, and a stunning natural harbour on the doorstep.
Otago delivers a superb student experience, with internationally excellent teaching, state-of-the-art facilities, world-leading research groups and a lively programme of extra-curricular events and activities.
The university offers a range of flexible study options with over 200 courses spanning four academic faculties: Health Sciences, Sciences, Commerce/Otago Business School, and Humanities.
Otago is the top New Zealand institution for student performance and retention, boasting a five-star plus QS rating for employability, internationalisation, teaching, and research.
Otago's student lifestyle is unmatched, with a diverse community including 3,000 international students from over 100 countries.
Otago's Social Impact Studio works alongside more than 200 community organisations, running volunteering and leadership programmes which achieve impactful contributions and promote student-driven change.
Student-driven change further flourishes in Otago's Sustainability Neighbourhood, with university-owned flats set up to grow food, compost, recycle, be energy efficient and take part in ongoing research focused on creating a sustainable student community.