Otago Polytechnic Te Pūkenga fact sheet

Below is our fact sheet for 2024. Our academic year aligns with the calendar year. 

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Contact information


Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Otago Polytechnic (OP)

Postal address

Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Otago Polytechnic 

Forth Street 

Private Bag 1910 

Dunedin 9054 

New Zealand


+ 64 3 477 3014

Website of Te Pūkenga Otago Polytechnic
Institutional Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator (Incoming and outgoing students)

Email: studyabroad@op.ac.nz 

Phone: + 64 3 477 3014 

Cellphone: +64 21 705 976

Semester information

Academic calendar dates

Semester one: 26 February 2024 - 28 June 2024 

Semester two: 22 July 2024 - 22 November 2024

Orientation session for international students

Semester one: 19 and 20 February 2024

Semester two: 15 and 16 July 2024

Application information


Students must be officially nominated by their home institution before submitting an application. 

  • Semester 2 2024 (July - November) deadline: 20 March 2024
Nomination Form

Please use our Nomination Form.

Application dates

Semester 2 2024 (July - November 2024) deadline: 3 April 2024

Application documents required
  • Application form 
  • Verified passport copy 
  • Tertiary academic transcript (in English language) with an explanation of the grading system
  • Proof of English Language skills. IELTS B2 or higher.
  • One page letter of motivation 
  • Portfolio (for Design, Art or Architecture)

In addition

  • To apply for approval to study IT courses, a student is required to provide the course outlines (in English) of all IT courses already studied in their home programme.
Letter of acceptance

Letters of offer for Semester 2 2024 will be sent by email directly to the student by 6 May 2024.

Course information

The language of instruction


Standard full-time workload

For exchanges and study abroad of one to two semesters only. 

  • 60 NZ credits / usually four courses of 15 credits each, per semester 
  • With approval of the home institution, a workload totalling 45 credits (three courses) per semester can be allowed. 
  • The course lists will be updated in November and will be emailed to our international partners. 
Transcript of records

Transcript of records will be sent to the home institution within four weeks of the official end of the programme of study when possible. A scan of the transcript will also be sent to the student and their International Office. 

Housing, living costs and other pre-arrival information

Accommodation offered to international students


Homestay accommodation is available. See our webpage for more information or email homestay@op.ac.nz

Student Village Accommodation 

Find out more here.

Other accommodation 

Options can be found here.

Estimated cost of living

Useful information can be found on the Study in New Zealand website.

Medical and health insurance

Students must have Otago Polytechnic approved medical and travel insurance. We prefer students to use Uni-Care insurance. You can find the details here.

Visa and work rights while studying

Please refer to immigration websites, such as:

Please apply for a student exchange visa.

Fees / Cost

Study Abroad: NZD$12,500 tuition fees per semester payable to Otago Polytechnic. 

Exchange: No tuition fees

Study Abroad and Exchange: Compulsory medical and travel insurance and student levy: NZD$976.