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 per cent 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, Science, Commerce/Otago Business School, and Humanities. It is the top New Zealand institution for student performance and retention, and enjoys a five-star QS rating for employability, internationalisation, teaching and research.
As the only truly residential university in New Zealand, Otago's student lifestyle is unmatched, and supports a diverse and inclusive student community with a population of 3,000 international students.
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.
Otago graduates are in high demand both domestically and internationally, with 95 per cent of students progressing directly into employment or further study after course completion.