We are a leader in high quality education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand. Our qualifications are recognised around the world and will prepare you for global career success. 


Otago Polytechnic welcomes the border re-opening plans announced by the New Zealand government on 3 February 2022:

Border to reopen in stages from 27 February – New Zealand Government website

Key points from the announcement:

  1. New Zealand citizens and residents, and other eligible travellers under current border settings, can travel from Australia at 11:59pm on 27 February 2022.
  1. New Zealand citizens and residents, other eligible travellers under current border settings, some skilled workers, and travellers on working holiday schemes can travel from the rest of the world at 11:59pm on 13 March 2022.
  2. Current offshore temporary visa holders can travel at 11:59pm on 12 April 2022.
  3. Open to anyone in Australia, for visa-waiver countries, and the Accredited Employer Work Visa by July 2022.
  4. New Zealand's border reopens to visitors from anywhere in the world, and all visa categories fully reopen in October 2022.

Travellers, who are vaccinated, will be required to self-isolate on arrival for ten days, and will have to meet other health requirements.

Of particular note is the plan to allow up to 5000 international students into New Zealand in time for a July 2022 commencement of studies. We are currently awaiting further information to understand how many places the Otago Polytechnic will be allocated and the criteria for selection.

As soon as this information is confirmed we will update the information on our website.


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Information in other languages

We're not all confident reading English, here is some information about Otago Polytechnic in your own language.

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Study Abroad and Exchange

New Zealand is the perfect destination to blend study, travel and adventure. A unique international experience awaits you!

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International partnerships

International partnerships are at the heart of Otago Polytechnic’s philosophy for learning and growth. 

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International student support

We have a range of support services to help you through any issues that might arise, and make sure your time here is rewarding and fun.

Bespoke teacher training

We have been teaching short training courses to overseas universities, colleges, and high schools for over 20 years. We employ teaching professionals who are experts in their field and can design bespoke programmes of learning to suit customers’ needs.

For international faculty we offer fit-for-purpose programmes in learning and teaching, industry engagement, Work-based learning, advanced eLearning, English language and teaching practice in all subject matter areas taught at Otago Polytechnic.


Get in touch with us to have a programme tailored to your needs.



International entry criteria 

Find out what qualification from your home country you need for entry into different levels of undergraduate study. 

Important information

We are committed to providing an environment that is enjoyable, safe and secure for all students, staff and visitors.

Agent information

Otago Polytechnic has a network of registered agents all over the world who can help make sure your application is as easy as possible.

Ready to apply?

Great! You've decided what you want to study and are ready to apply. 

New Zealand - Aotearoa 
Land of the long white cloud 

New Zealand is known for its stunning natural scenery, from mountains, to lakes and coastlines. New Zealanders (informally known as Kiwis) are down-to-earth and friendly, and our lifestyle is relaxed, with a passion for the outdoors. ‘Kiwi ingenuity’ helps this small country achieve big things. With a history of Māori, European, Pacific Island and Asian cultures, New Zealand has become a cultural melting-pot. Over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third living in Auckland. The other main cities of Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin are where the majority of the remaining Kiwis dwell. 

With a population of four million people, New Zealand is one of the least crowded countries in the world. We offer convenience, opportunities and excitement, while remaining friendly, peaceful and safe.

You can enjoy outdoor pursuits like bungy-jumping, kayaking, surfing, skiing and hiking, and have access to the arts, cultural pursuits and modern technology - it’s all right on your doorstep! Enjoy your studies at Otago Polytechnic and experience a great lifestyle! 

Find out more about New Zealand.



Quick guides


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Chris Fei

International Market Manager
Greater China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Mongolia markets

P +64 9 309 0301 ext. 804
+64 21 025 16618


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Kerrie Hodgson

International Market Manager
Japan market

P + 64 3 972 7160
+64 27 455 7580



Arlo Ramos

International Market Manager
Rest of the world

+64 27 546 2737


Tim Maunze

Timothy Maunze

Marketing Coordinator 
Rest of the world

+64 27 586 3699