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Otago Polytechnic is a public New Zealand tertiary education institute, centred in Dunedin with additional campuses in Cromwell and Auckland.

It  traces its origin to the Dunedin School of Art which was opened in 1870. It  is home to over 7000 students enrolled on a variety of programmes that range from foundation certificate courses to postgraduate degrees. Affordable accommodation options, friendly teaching staff and dedicated international student support staff make studying at Otago a good choice.

Otago Polytechnic provides career-focused education and training, offering a range of New Zealand accredited postgraduate qualifications, degrees, diplomas and certificates at levels 2-9

Undergraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a Bachelor Degree (excluding teaching degrees), Certificate of Proficiency, Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Graduate Certificate or Diploma you must have one of the following:

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Postgraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD :

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Equivalent entry requirements for certificates and diplomas

At least 55% average across 4 academic subjects in CBSE, HSC or ISC with at least 60% in English, or equivalent in other boards

Equivalent entry requirements for bachelors' degrees and selected diplomas

At least a 70% average over 4 academic subjects in CBSE, HSC, or ISC with at least 60% in English, or equivalent in other boards.

Graduate/Postgraduate study Entrance requires evidence of English language proficiency and successful completed study at undergraduate level (normally a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution). You must also provide any other information required by your chosen programme.



Certificate in Arboriculture (Level 4)

Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Certificate in Avalanche Safety and Snowsport Instructing (Ski) or (Snowboard)

Certificate in Basic Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills (Level 2)

Certificate in Business Administration (Level 4)

Certificate in Cafe and Bar (Level 3)

Certificate in Cafe and Bar (Level 3) (Cromwell)

Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

Certificate in Computing (Level 1)

Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Certificate in Creative Studies

Certificate in Electrical Technology (Level 4)

Certificate in Fashion Studies (Level 4)

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 1)

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2)

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3)

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4)

Certificate in Health (Level 4)

Certificate in High Performance (Specialty) (Level 5)

Certificate in Human Services (Level 4)

Certificate in Information Technology

Certificate in IT Service and Support

Certificate in Mata a Ao Maori (Level 4)

Certificate in Network Administration (Level 6)

Certificate in Pest Management (Level 3)

Certificate in Professional Cookery (Level 4)

Certificate in Professional Restaurant, Bar and Wine (Level 4)

Certificate in Rural Animal Technology

Certificate in Snowsport Instructing (Ski) or (Snowboard)

Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4)

Certificate in Stress Management and Spa Therapies (Level 5)

Certificate in Sustainable Growing (Level 2)

Certificate in Sustainable Growing (Level 3)

NZIM Certificate in Management

National Certificate

National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 4)

National Certificate in Animal Care

National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)

National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 2)

National Certificate in Computing (Level 2)

National Certificate in Computing (Level 3)

National Certificate in Construction (Leading Hand) (Level 4)

National Certificate in Construction (Supervisor) (Level 5)

National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced)

National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4)

National Certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery) (Level 3)

National Certificate In Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) (Level 4)

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 4)

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering) Level 4

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)

National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing


Diploma in Accounting (Level 5)

Diploma in Advanced Therapeutic Massage (Level 6)

Diploma in Applied Social Services (Level 6) (Specialty)

Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership (Level 5) (Specialty)

Diploma in Applied Travel and Tourism (Level 5)

Diploma in Architectural Draughting (Level 6)

Diploma in Art (Specialty)

Diploma in Avalanche Studies

Diploma in Business (Level 5)

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6)

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 7)

Diploma in Horticulture (Level 5)

Diploma in Human Resource Management (Level 6)

Diploma in Marketing (Level 5)

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Level 6)

Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management (Level 5)

Diploma in Viticulture (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Business

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)

National Diploma

National Diploma in Adult Education and Training (Level 5)

National Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6)

National Diploma in Hospitality (Management) (Level 5)

National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 6)

National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing


Bachelor of Applied Management

Bachelor of Design (Communication)

Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

Bachelor of Design (Interiors)

Bachelor of Design (Product)

Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Social Services

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Bachelor Honours

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

Graduate Diploma/Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Level 7)

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7)

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management

Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning (Level 7)

Graduate Diploma in Sport Management

Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management

Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts


Master of Design Enterprise

Master of Fine Arts

Master of Midwifery

Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Visual Arts



Whether you’re from out of town or want to enjoy the full experience by flatting with your fellow students, Otago Polytechnic can help you find a suitable place to live, and provide ongoing accommodation assistance and support. Where you live will depend on which campus your programme is offered at.

Depending on where you are studying, the options for accommodation can include the following:

•             Supervised accommodation, such as a private hall of residence

•             Flatting, mostly these are unfurnished but furnished options are available

•             Studio and hostel accommodation, for example YMCA or YWCA

•             Homestay, giving you the opportunity to live with a local family.

Dunedin campus

A selection of room types are available to suit individual accommodation needs, from catered dormitory rooms, to four-bedroom apartments and studios.

Purpose-built for students, it’s the perfect home to enjoy student life to the full!

The  brand new, on-campus Student Village will be open to students for the first time in 2018!

The 231-bed furnished residential village offers fully-catered single rooms (dorms), and self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. With its prime location, you will enjoy a short walk to campus whilst still only being minutes from the city centre, giving you the freedom to explore Dunedin's vibrant student culture.

Salmond College is an easy 15-minute walk from our Dunedin Campus. It has great facilities for study and recreation and a communal eating area for meals. Free study tutorials are also available.

 Dorm rooms are fully catered, apartment rooms and studios are self catered.

Central Otago :

There is a wide range of accommodation options for students in Central Otago. Choose between renting a room in a flat, staying in a studio or hostel, or homestay accommodation.

Flatting accommodation

Many students love the experience of renting a house together with friends and other students. When flatting, you will share living costs such as electricity, telephone and food..

Otago Polytechnic manages a small amount of rental property within Cromwell, which will cost $125-$143 per week plus expenses.

Studio and hostel accommodation

The Chalets ( is an unsupervised hostel where you can rent a single room for $125 per week, including electricity. Students are usually placed together in one of the chalets, sharing lounge, bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Homestay accommodation

In a homestay, you will live with a local family in their home. There is limited availability of homestay accommodation in Central Otago. 

Quick Facts





Fees range starts around 16,000 NZ$ and varies according to your course.


You’ll need to think carefully about the amount of money required for the duration of your study. Remember, your daily cost of living is in addition to our tuition fees. Immigration New Zealand estimates that an international student will require at least NZD$15,000 per year to cover all living expenses.



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Dunedin Campus, F Block, Forth Street, DUNEDIN, North Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, 9016

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