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Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 11%
Institution type Public

About Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is one of New Zealand’s top providers of high quality, career-focused education. We have a long tradition of producing exceptional graduates who are productive, thoughtful and creative members of their chosen profession. Through our experience-based learning and commitment to work towards a sustainable future, our graduates are work-ready, independent and equipped to make a real difference to their communities. 

Our qualifications are internationally-recognised and have been developed to prepare you for global career success. We have achieved the highest possible quality ratings from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for our educational performance and many of our lecturers are engaged in current industry practice or research and will offer you their up-to-date knowledge and expertise. 

We offer over 100 programmes (from foundation certificates to postgraduate degrees) and our class sizes are small. We are ranked top equal in the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic sector for both course and qualification completions. This means that if you start your studies here, you’re more likely to finish them!  And our staff-student interactions, enriching educational experiences, supportive learning environments and work-integrated learning came top in a recent Australasian student survey.

We have three campuses throughout New Zealand: Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland. And we also offer online study, work-based learning and blended delivery options so that time and distance are no barrier to gaining the skills you need.  From the moment you apply, to the day you graduate, we are here to help you reach your goals. We have extensive, modern facilities and friendly student support services.

At Otago Polytechnic, you will enjoy your studies, have the chance to improve your English skills and get to experience the fun and safe lifestyle that New Zealand has to offer. With student satisfaction ratings amongst the highest in Australasia, your experience here will be a rewarding investment that prepares you for a successful career. 

Campus information

Dunedin Campus
Forth Street, Dunedin, New Zealand 9016 
Dunedin is New Zealand’s student capital, and the country’s premier centre of learning. It is home to about 30,000 students – about a fifth of the city’s population. Dunedin is a safe, fun and beautiful city with a natural harbour, numerous beaches and some of the world’s rarest wildlife. The city has a world-class arts and sports culture hosting international fashion, sports and music events and is home to a variety of museums and art galleries. It has a range of historic buildings and plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe. 


  • Student and Learning Support 
  • Orientation 
  • Robertson Library
  • Maanaki Student Centre
  • Technique Training Restaurant
  • Unipol Recreation Centre 
  • Student Health Centre
  • Polykids Childcare Centre

Study areas: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Tertiary Education, Art, Design, Hospitality, Business, Tourism, Information Technology, Construction, Engineering, Sport and Adventure, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Veterinary Nursing, English Language 

Central Otago Campus 
Corner Erris and Ray Streets, Cromwell, New Zealand 9310 

The Central Otago region is known for its incredible landscape and is regarded as the adventure capital of New Zealand. It boasts stunning lakes, rivers and mountains and offers a range of tourism, adventure sports, snow sports and leisure activities. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can try the world-renowned cuisine and several festivals and events throughout the year. Home to about 17,450 people, there is a great community of friendly locals and the campus has a small, family-type atmosphere. The Central Otago campus is in Cromwell which has a population of 3,500 in the winter that grows to 7,000 in the summer season. The town is located on Lake Dunstan and has beautiful old stone buildings and heritage sites. There are also supermarkets, shops, cafes and sports facilities.  


  • Student and Learning Support 
  • Library 
  • Plant Nursey
  • Horticulture Centre
  • Molyneux Training Restaurant
  • Student Common Room 
  • Molyneux Educare 
  • Swimming Centre
  • NRG Health and Fitness
  • Central Otago Medical Centres

Study areas: Hospitality, Business and Computing, Stonemasonry, Snowsports, Horticulture, Viticulture, Agriculture, Sports Turf Management, Sustainable Practice, English 

Auckland International Campus
Level 2/350 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1141

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and the country’s centre of business and industry. Home to about 1.6 million people, it has been rated the third best city in the world and the best city in Asia and the Pacific for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Life Survey, 2014). Popularly known as the ‘City of Sails’ because there are often hundreds of yachts in the harbour, people of many cultures and nationalities live in this city. There is a lot to see and do in Auckland, including great shopping, international cuisine and excellent museums, art galleries and theatres. Yet there are also beautiful beaches close by and plenty of space to relax, walk and play sports. The Auckland Campus is just for international students and we have a team of top quality teachers and support staff who come from a range of cultural backgrounds. Classes are taught in English and there are staff available who speak other languages. 


  • Student and Learning Support
  • Library
  • Computer Access
  • Orientation 

Study areas: Applied Management (Accounting, Business Transformation and Change, Hotel Management, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Management), Professional Practice, English Language 

Dunedin Campus

  • The Dunedin campus is within walking distance of the city centre and is right in the heart of the student district. You are likely to live very close to your classrooms, libraries and gyms, and your neighbours will probably be students too, so it is easy to make friends. 
  • Dunedin is well-serviced by its airport where you can catch international connections. There are also several bus and long-distance coach connections available from the city and several car rental companies. 

Central Otago Campus 

  • From Cromwell, a 45-minute drive (or bus trip) will take you to both Wanaka and Queenstown, lively resort towns that provide access to all the adventure you could want.  Queenstown has an airport which will allow you to connect to other airports/cities throughout New Zealand. 

Auckland International Campus

  • The Auckland International Campus is located in the heart of downtown Auckland so you are never far from the fun and action of this cosmopolitan city. Auckland has an international airport, an extensive public transport network and numerous car rental companies. 


Flatting or ‘supervised’ accommodation 

  • This choice is great for students who want to live with their friends. You will share living costs such as electricity, telephone and food. 
  • In Dunedin and Central Otago, unfurnished flats generally cost about $90-$130 per week, per room. Furnished flats usually cost more – about $130-$160 per week, per room – and are less common. You will need to spend another $80-$100 per week in both situations for expenses such as power, phone and food. 
  • In Auckland, a one bedroom apartment may cost at least $180 per week. A three-bedroom house may cost at least $400 per week. You will then need to allow for at least another $250 a week for food, electricity, transport and basic living costs. 

Studio and hostel

  • In Dunedin, studios are often furnished and you will have access to kitchen facilities. It costs around $160-$280 per week and often includes power, heating, local telephone calls and cleaning of the common areas. Higher-priced studios can include ensuite facilities. Self-contained one-bedroom apartments may cost around $200-$350 per week. 
  • In Central Otago, The Chalets Holiday Park is an unsupervised hostel where you can rent a single room for approximately $110 per week, including electricity. Students are usually placed together in one of the chalets, sharing lounge, bathroom and kitchen facilities.
  • Hostels in Auckland include student hostels, the YMCA and tourist hostels. Student hostel accommodation is usually priced from $150 a week for a shared room, and includes electricity costs and cleaning. Some hostels provide cooked meals and others provide shared kitchen facilities where you can cook your own meals.


  • Some students choose to live in homestay for their first year at the Polytechnic, where you will live with a family in their home. You will have your own bedroom with a single bed, desk and wardrobe. Homestays cost around $220-$240 per week (there is also a one-off placement fee of $250) and include most meals. Some homestay hosts provide you with the internet, or allow you to use it at home for a small fee, but you can also access the internet at Otago Polytechnic.

Additional info

Additional Achievements

  • The Institution ranked first among all New Zealand polytechnics and institutes of technology for qualification and course completions.
  • Their international students' satisfaction ratings are at 98%.

Courses available 114

Accounting and Finance 1 Agriculture & Related Subjects 10 Applied and Pure Sciences 4 Architecture, Building & Planning 6 Business and Management 21 Computer Science and IT 11 Creative Arts & Design 19 Education and Teaching 2 Engineering 10 English Language 11 Health and Medicine 18 Hotel Management & Hospitality 13 Sports Science 5


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