Whether you want to improve your English or prepare for a career, you can study one of our 180+ programmes and enjoy the fun, safe, New Zealand lifestyle while you doing it.
Classrooms don't have to be lecture theatres and study rooms.
At least not on our campuses!
We're off getting real world experience,
that will help us nail that dream job.
Design and build whatever you need for your projects,
or create and express yourself in a space you can call your own.
We have some of the best technology available,
and there's no chance you'll be overlooked in our inspiring classes.
What better way to learn the art of hospitality,
than by experiencing the food service itself, from pasture to plate.
We learn our trade by doing.
And by having state-of-the-art tools, equipment and machinery...
gets us ready for the job!
Te Pā Tauira, our Dunedin Student Village, is a home away from home.
Of course, we have flexible options to fit study around your lifestyle.
We're committed to sustainability,
to make a real difference in the world.
And we'll continue to minimise our environmental impact.
We are proud to be Rainbow Tick Certified.
And support our students and staff to be their authentic selves.
Surround yourself with like-minded people.
Get access to the best equipment,
and world-class teaching.
Join us for fun, friends, community and support.
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
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.
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 pastrol 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.
International partnerships and student exchanges
Our relationships with international institutions range from informal friendships to formalised exchange and study abroad agreements, supporting our community and enriching the experiences of our staff and students.
Find out more about our partnerships
Student exchange for international students
If you're a student who wants to come to study in New Zealand, you could study at Otago Polytechnic for one or two semesters as an exchange student, or as a study abroad student paying the discounted study abroad fees. You can check with your institution's international or study abroad office about credit towards your degree.
2023 Study Abroad and Student Exchange Booklet
All courses offered to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students can be found in the Study Abroad booklet here.
Nomination and application
Students must be officially nominated by their home institution before submitting applications. Please email email@example.com using our Nomination Template. See deadline dates on our fact sheet.
2023 Fact sheet
Information to help you apply
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.