Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, but in reality the institute has been training and preparing students for their careers since the Dunedin School of Art was opened way back in 1870.

Dunedin is recognised as New Zealand’s student capital, being home to about 25,000 students or around one in five of the city’s population. More than 7000 of these students are engaged in the 100+ courses provided by the Otago Polytechnic.

The quality of Otago Polytechnic’s programmes and the ability of its graduates to move straight into the workforce has been well recognised. The NZ Tertiary Education Commission (which oversees all tertiary education programmes) ranks the institution as a leader in all areas of student achievement.

In 2013 an Australasian survey of over 25,000 students from 41 universities and polytechnics in Austrasia and New Zealand had Otago Polytechnic on top or leading in the areas of: supportive learning environments, active learning, staff-student interactions, work-integrated learning and general learning and development outcomes. Otago Polytechnic’s 90% course completion rate means that when you start a course there, you are really likely to complete it successfully.

Three campuses in addition to a wider world of learning

Teaching at Otago Polytechnic is conducted on their three campuses, the main central city Dunedin campus, Central campus (based in Cromwell) and in the Auckland International Campus. For students wanting to spread their wings further, Otago Polytechnic has global 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?

Not feeling ready for study, or grades not great? Don’t worry as Otago Polytechnic has a wide range of certificate and foundation programmes designed to get you right up to speed and ready to take that programme you want. And, in many cases these bridging courses are free and are well worth checking out.

Accommodation is available in a number of halls of residence in Dunedin, some managed by Otago University. These include Caroline Freeman College in North Dunedin, Salmond College and Gardens College. This supervised accommodation includes most meals and expenses and will cost in the region of $350/week. Application for Salmond and City College must be made online to the University of Otago accommodation office website.

97% of graduates in work 12 months after completing their course

Otago Polytechnic has grouped its programmes into 7 career pathways, meaning it is easier for students. This is to make it easier for students to figure out how to turn their interest in a particular industry into the important knowledge and practical skills they will need to secure a job. This works, as a survey of 2013 graduates showed that 97% of them had a job or were in further study 12 months following course completion.

The flexibility exists for students to be interested in two pathways and so Otago Polytechnic offers programmes that combine elements of these, for example, business with sport, or engineering with design. Learn more about the seven programmes below:

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