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University of Otago

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Description University of Otago

University of Otago is a prestigious university, which earned international recognition. University of Otago is located among the natural beauties of the South Island of New Zealand, in the city of Dunedin.

University of Otago, founded in 1869 by decree of the provincial council of Otago, is the oldest New Zealand university. With the granting of an additional fund in 1872, the curriculum was expanded and new curricula were created: lectures on law began in 1873, and in 1875 a course on medicine was opened here. Lectures on mining were read here since 1872, and in 1878 the Mountain School was established. Teaching of accounting and commercial disciplines began in 1912.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Otago

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Information on the program can be found on the official website of the school.

Information on the program can be found on the official website of the school.


Advantages of the university:

  • A rich library fund, which includes 9,000 rare books;
  • Availability of library rooms for individual lessons;
  • Education in small groups;
  • 40 research centers in which interdisciplinary research is conducted;
  • Recognized achievements of the University in the field of medicine, physics, microbiology;
  • Attracting students to research work in the learning process.

Equipment University of Otago

The University was constantly increasing its capacity and in 2016 could already accept more than 20,000 students. He also expanded his range of qualifications to include undergraduate programs in geodesy, pedagogical education, physiotherapy and applied sciences, social work and performing arts, as well as specialized postgraduate programs in various disciplines.

Huge financial and ideological injections were made to provide quality educational services in the fields of pharmacy, medical laboratory science, radiotherapy, biomedical sciences, dental technology, dental hygiene and therapy (they are now combined in the oral health program).

Leading areas:

  • Trade.
  • Engineering.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Health sciences and medicine.
  • Humanitarian sciences.

The governing body of the institution is the University Council, which is chaired by the Chancellor and consists of appointed, as well as elected members. To resolve academic policy, the Council refers to the Senate.

At the moment, in the international rating UO occupies 189 position, and in its country - 2. At the University of Otago, about 2500 foreign students from more than 100 countries study at the same time. Having taken 151st place in the QS World University 2017/18 rating and TOP-100 in 13 subject areas, the university retains a high international rating on the quality of the educational services provided.

In an effort to raise the international level, UO actively participates in research and exchange programs, working for students and teaching staff. The institution also cooperates with large scientific and educational institutions around the world.

Infrastructure and arrangement of the university

The campus is located in Dunedin. It is a small safe city with a relatively inexpensive cost of living. It is surrounded by wild nature with stunning scenery. There are many excellent cafes and clubs located just a few minutes' walk from the campus. And since the city and the campus developed together - Dunedin is one of the few places in the world where education is the main activity of urban residents. It is worth noting that 20 000 students from the University of Otago make up one fifth of the population of the town.

The main building of the university is in Dunedin, and its medical campuses are located in Christchurch and Wellington, they were established in 1972 and 1977 respectively. The information and center is based in the center of Auckland (1996), and there is an information office in Wellington (2001). Dunedin College of Education teamed up with the University (2007), which added another campus in Invercargill.

The campus includes libraries, laboratories, academic buildings. Also on its territory are organized academic, scientific, external, personnel, financial, student and collegial services, as well as real estate services. There are active information technology services, campus development departments and student services, risk and security management, sustainable development management and project management.

As the leading research university in New Zealand, the university offers unprecedented access to cooperation with world-class scientists across the entire spectrum of qualifications.

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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