Otago Polytechnic

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Quality, career-focused education

As a leading polytechnic and institute of technology, we pride ourselves on being one of the highest quality providers of tertiary education in New Zealand. Otago Polytechnic is proud to produce exceptional graduates who go on to be productive, thoughtful and creative members of their chosen professions. With our focus on applied, hands-on learning, your study experience at Otago Polytechnic will be a rewarding investment that prepares you for a successful future career.

At a glance

  • More than 6900 students
  • More than 100 programmes
  • Highest degree completion rates in New Zealand (2010, 2011)
  • International student satisfaction at 98 per cent (2011)
  • Academic year: most programmes start in February and there is a limited intake in July.
Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland
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Our qualifications

We are highly recognised, both in New Zealand and around the world, and our qualifications have been developed to prepare you for global career success. As a public institute of technology that offers degree programmes, we are ranked at the top of our sector.

Our experience

We are a government-funded tertiary institution with a well-established reputation dating back to 1870 with the establishment of New Zealand’s first art school. We have a focus on applied learning, and our programmes are taught by enthusiastic, expert lecturers. You will enjoy our outstanding learner environment and will be well-prepared to enter your chosen industry when you graduate.

Our support

From the moment you apply to the day you graduate, we are here to help you reach your goals. Our International Student Services team is here to ensure that you get the best advice at application and individualised support as a student.

Three great campuses!


This stunning southern city is the home of our main campus. With about 25,000 students in residence during the academic year, Dunedin is New Zealand’s premier centre of learning. It is a safe city with plenty to keep you entertained both indoors and out.

Central Otago

Central Otago is known for its beautiful landscape and is regarded as the adventure capital of New Zealand. Home to about 17,500 people, it boasts stunning lakes, rivers and mountains.


Cosmopolitan Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the country’s centre of business and industry. Home to about 1.6 million people, there is plenty to see and do. Our campus is located in the heart of downtown Auckland.

Our courses

Undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in:

Adventure; Applied Science (Health and Wellbeing or Physical Activity); Architectural Draughting; Art; Applied management; Design (Communication, Fashion, Interiors and Product); Construction Management; Cookery; Culinary Arts; Engineering; Information Technology; Hospitality; Nursing; Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Outdoor Leadership; Social Services; Sustainable Practice; Applied Sport; Snowsport Instruction and Avalanche Studies; Veterinary Nursing; Horticulture; Viticulture; Sports Turf Management and Stonemasonry.

Masters’ degrees and graduate and postgraduate certificates and diplomas in:

Art; Design; Master of Design Enterprise; Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Information Technology; Applied Management; Sustainable Practice and Tertiary Education.

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