Otago Polytechnic

It all adds up


    If you study with us, you have an excellent chance of success! We have the best qualification completion rate in New Zealand for our sector, according to the government’s Tertiary Education Commission.

    Source: Tertiary Education Commission Educational Performance Report for 2016


    We offer a wide range of degree and postgraduate programmes – including a Doctorate …. Which are all equal to those offered at NZ universities.

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    Our students are extremely likely to get where they want to go in life. Our latest Graduate Destination Survey found 96% of our graduates are either employed or undertaking further study – we think that’s something to celebrate!

    Source: Otago Polytechnic Graduate Destination Survey, 2017


    At OP, you’ll learn from some of New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers. Over the past 11 years, 20 of our teachers have been awarded prestigious national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards from government.


    There’s no chance you’ll be overlooked in our small, focused classes! Our average teacher-to-student ratio is 1:16 – meaning you’ll be well-supported academically, benefitting from plenty of one-on-one teaching time. 


    When our students are struggling – inside or outside class – we are there to help. We have more than 20 dedicated staff experts in programme selection, career advice, learning support, counselling, disability and wellbeing support, Māori and Pasifika support – and more!

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    International study and/or work experience is increasingly sought-after in the global marketplace, not to mention the personal growth and development advantages. OP students can apply for a range of exchange programmes with our 80+ international partner institutions.

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    Who better to understand what it’s like to be an OP student than another OP student? We have a team of 20+ student ambassadors available to meet with new and prospective students and their families to pass on their inside knowledge!


    Our Capability Framework identifies 24 personal attributes employers value, irrespective of the industry they’re in. We’ll help you develop them – and give you the documentation to prove it – to help you stand out from the crowd.


    Our range of programmes offer practical experience as well as theory in your chosen field, giving you a head start in the job market …. And our qualifications are widely recognised, both in NZ and around the world – preparing you for global career success!

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    We have NZ covered! You’ll find our main campus in the heart of Dunedin’s much loved scarfie-land, and we have a boutique campus in stunning Central Otago and an international campus in NZ’s largest city, Auckland.


    Our new Student Accommodation Village is a home-away-from-home for OP students. Built according to sustainable principles, it provides comfortable, stylish and secure accommodation in the heart of our Dunedin campus.

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    A learning approach for everyone

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    TANZ eCampus

    Gain industry-recognised education through flexible online study at TANZ eCampus!

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    SIGNAL ICT Graduate School

    With advances in technology showing no signs of slowing, SIGNAL has developed four programmes that cover a range of IT development needs.

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    We offer a wide range of assessment options including business and digital skills as well as agriculturally-based EduBits.

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    Capable NZ

    CAPABLE NZ recognises that many professionals have an immense amount of workplace knowledge and skill, but may not have the paper to match.


    News and Events

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    Otago Polytechnic Student Village

    We have a range of rooms available for second semester!

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    Science in Action Day

    From talking robots to brownies served with dry ice, there was something to satisfy every appetite at Otago Polytechnic’s Science in Action Day.

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    Otago Polytechnic invests in Central Otago

    Otago Polytechnic is investing in Central Otago’s educational future with a new Trades Hub and student accommodation for its Central campus.

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    23 July - 5 August 2018
    HD Skinner Annex, Otago Museum 



    Image by: Pam McKinlay and Jesse-James Pickery, Tethys Hinemoana: Call of the Ocean, 2018



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    Artist wins $5000 prize

    Dunedin artist Marion Wassenaar has won the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018.The only contemporary art prize in New Zealand with ecology at its core, the comp...

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    semiconductor: screening and masterclass

    UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt are visiting Dunedin.
    MONDAY 30 JULY 2018, 8.00PM...

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    Snowsport stars gain avalanche expertise

    A posse of snowsport stars are gaining expert insights into avalanche risk management through Otago Polytechnic.Winter Olympians Jossi Wells, Migeul Porteous...