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The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. The university welcomed first students in 1871, making it the oldest university in New Zealand. With 150 year history, it provides a research-led learning environment and offers unprecedented opportunities. Many of New Zealand’s most renowned artists, novelists, poets and leaders received their start at Otago. 


The University of Otago's main campus is in Dunedin and four satellite campuses in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill. Every campus has a rage of particular courses for both domestic and international students. Otago is famous for its residential college communities. There are 15 diverse colleges catering mostly for first-year students. For those who consider a more independent option, Dunedin has a wide range of rental accommodation from historic houses to multi-unit, purpose-built complexes. Students are welcome to address to the Students Accommodation Centre for assistance.


Otago University teachers, as international experts in their fields, help students to gain a world-class qualification, contributing to law, health, science, business and government. The university is divided into four academic divisions: Division of Humanities, Division of Health Sciences, Division of Sciences and School of Business. In addition to the usual university disciplines, the University of Otago Medical School is one of only two medical schools in New Zealand and Otago is the only university in the country to offer training in Dentistry. Other professional schools and faculties not found in all New Zealand universities include Pharmacy, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science and Surveying.

Otago University has partner universities around the world and fosters numerous student exchanges. Its researchers frequently collaborate with experts in other countries and a large proportion of the research can be brought to bear on issues facing New Zealand and other parts of the world.

The University of Otago has ten libraries with wireless access: seven based in Dunedin, one education library in Southland, plus two medical libraries in Wellington and Christchurch. The central library has over 2000 study spaces, 130 computer terminals and laptop connections at 500 desks.

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