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Kia ora and welcome

We are a leader in high-quality education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand. Our qualifications are recognised around the world and will prepare you for global career success.

Every year, Otago Polytechnic welcomes more than 8,000 students from all around the world to our campuses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland - our campus in Auckland is our international campus and caters exclusively to our international students.

We offer a wide range of qualifications, from certificates to postgraduate programmes, and we have been given the highest possible quality rating from the New Zealand Government.

Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand is known for its stunning natural scenery, from mountains to lakes and coastlines. With a population of five million people, New Zealand is one of the least crowded countries in the world.

What you can expect at Otago Polytechnic

Career-focused qualifications

If getting a job at the end of your studies is important to you, then rest assured that we are very connected industry and employers. The programmes of study we offer are created with academic and industry experts for the sole purpose of making you an employable graduate.

Expert teaching

We employ teaching professionals who are experts in their field and can design bespoke programmes of learning to suit student needs. For international faculty we offer fit-for-purpose programmes in learning and teaching, industry engagement, work-based learning, advanced eLearning, English language and teaching practice in all subject matter areas taught at Otago Polytechnic.

Improve your English

In class, expect lots of discussion and learning through real-life experiences (internships) and reflection. Classes are taught in English, however we have multilingual staff available to help if you need some extra support. You will excel in our hands-on programmes that teach you transferable skills you can take anywhere. We pride ourselves on our pastoral care and high level of support that we offer all of our students

High level of support

We pride ourselves on our pastoral care and high level of support that we offer all of our students. As an international student, feel reassured that we do our best to make you feel at home on campus and have a range of support services that are always available to you.

The Education Code of Practice 2021

As a condition of our pastoral care, we have agreed to observe and be bound by The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This is also known as the Tertiary and International Learners Code of Practice. 

For full details of the Code of Practice in English or Te Reo Māori, see the NZQA website

What is the Code of Practice?

We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our learners to ensure that you have a positive experience with us.

The Code of Practice is a document that clearly outlines the full legal requirements which education providers who enrol domestic and international students must abide by. It sets out the requirements that education provides must meet for the wellbeing and safety of their learners.


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Study online while outside New Zealand

We have a range of fully-online courses that give you a sought-after New Zealand qualification. Study with us from where ever you are in the world!

Evidence of your online study supports your visa application. You still must meet standard student visa requirements to get a student visa.

Make an enquiry

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