Otago Polytechnic

For more than 50 years Otago Polytechnic has been a leader in hands-on, career-focused education in New Zealand. Today Otago Polytechnic offers over 150 programmes from foundation level through to doctorates, and backs these up with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand.

In the latest TEC report (2017) Otago Polytechnic achieved a 90% overall course completion rate, had 97% of graduates in work or further study and scored a student satisfaction rate of 93%. If you want results, Otago Polytechnic is the place to start.

Otago Polytechnic campuses

Otago Polytechnic operates across three campuses, the main central city Dunedin campus, a Central Otago campus (based in Cromwell) and the Auckland International Campus which is for students from overseas only.

Dunedin Campus – student central

Dunedin is recognised as New Zealand’s student capital, being home to over 25,000 students or around one in five of the city’s population.

The Dunedin Campus offers a wide range of programmes and all the facilities and services you expect in a modern tertiary institution. The campus is located in the middle of the city’s student study and living area, close to the region’s premier sporting facility the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Watch: Great intro to Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin Campus 

Central Campus, Cromwell

Based in one of the most spectacular parts of the country, the Central campus offers a smaller range of programmes. Some of these (like Snowsports and Outdoor Pursuits, Viticulture, Horticulture and Stonemasonary for example) are ideally suited to being taught and studied right where the industry is based.

And Central Otago is a great place to live and study.

For students wanting to spread their wings further, Otago Polytechnic has partnerships with universities and institutions in Europe, Asia, and America for degree students. How does studying IT in Spain sound? Or Fashion Design in Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals?

Check out Otago Polytechnic’s international study abroad partners

Foundation programmes and scholarships for you  

Grades maybe not enough to get you straight into the course you like? Don’t worry as Otago Polytechnic has a wide range of bridging and foundation courses designed to get you up to speed and ready to start that programme you want.

Scholarships at Otago Polytechnic

There are lots of dedicated scholarships available for Otago Polytechnic students, plus if you qualify for a scholarship but don’t need it for fees, OP may let you use this for accommodation costs. Check out the details and the various scholarships available.

Accommodation options

In 2018 Otago Polytechnic opened Te Pa Tauira,- Otago Polytechnic Student Village, a multi-award winning building with 231 student beds right in the heart of the Dunedin campus. The first students in it think it’s great.

Here’s all you need to know about Te Pa Tauira

Other accommodation options available in Dunedin



Here are all the programmes you can study at Otago Polytechnic

Download the 2019 Otago Polytechnic Programme Guide

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