Higher study options in Otago University in New Zealand

In this article, I am explaining the features and advantages of courses available in Otago University in New Zealand. They include benefits while studying in New Zealand, courses and eligibility requirements at Otago university, scholarship facilities in Otago University including Doctoral scholarship.

New Zealand is a familiar country among Indians mainly because of the game of Cricket. This is a country situating on the Australian continent. New Zealand is an island country consisting of thousands of big and small islands. The country is not only famous for its stunning natural beauty but also as a favourite higher study centre among the international community. There are many world-famous Universities in New Zealand. Some of them are Otago University, Canterbury University at Christchurch, and Oakland University. The higher education system in New Zealand is standing 16th position among the world. The most important aim of the education model of New Zealand is to make a person capable to work any part of the world. Recently New Zealand attains a top place in the fourth consecutive year in the "Ease of doing business 2020" index. Also, it is an important point that the unemployment ratio is too low in New Zealand.

Why New Zealand

At present, the immigration policies of U.K and U.S.A are changing and also made complicate. In this scenario, one can easily target New Zealand. They attract students with liberal immigration policy. Another bright point is, a student can work 20 hours a week in New Zealand.

University of Otago

As per the recent status, around 3000 foreign students are studying at Otago University from 100 countries in the world. The University providing Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses of 124 subjects. Otago University is famous for its degree courses related to sports. Some excellent sports-related courses providing by Otago University are Sports & exercise Nutrition, Sports development and management, Sports technology etc. Majority of Indian students arriving here for their research studies.

Scholarship facility at Otago University

Otago University provides scholarship for brilliant students. A student needs an average of NZD 1500 for expenses in a month. There are around 15 residential colleges under Otago University. One can make all arrangements including stay through the University website. Indian students can apply for a doctoral scholarship. Under this scholarship, one student will get around NZD 27000 in a year. This is equal to 12lakhs Indian rupees. The duration of the scholarship is three years. The application form can download from university website www.otago.ac.nz. You will get the assistance of a supervisor after applied for the scholarship.

The eligibility for Doctoral Scholarship

For undergraduate courses, a pass in CBSE or CISCE exam with above 75% marks. Also, the student should score 70% marks in English paper alone. The university also will consider marks of 4 academic subjects of CBSE examination. For postgraduate courses, the degree should be the same subject applied for a postgraduate course. For some PG courses, it is essential to have previous work experience or professional registration in New Zealand. If you have an honours degree or PG Diploma, there is a chance of getting admission after submitting a thesis.


The Otago University will consider IELTS/TOEFL score to get admission. For an undergraduate course, you need to get a 6.0 Band IELTS score. For postgraduate you need to score 6.5 to get the admission. For TOEFL, need to score 90 marks out of which 20 marks should from writing skills.

Research at Otago University

The aspirants should do ample homework before applying for PhD course at Otago University. They should have a clear research plan initially and then need to find a useful guide. They will get details about the faculty from the university website. Also, the students can contact the professors through e-mail.

If the university approves the research plan, the applicant will get a Skype interview invitation. They must pass in the interview to apply for a PhD. They can expect the official admission letter and scholarship letter within one month. They can fly to New Zealand once you get the VISA. The student can arrange the ID Card and Bank account with the help of International Student advisors in the university.

Contact Details

  • 362 Leith Street, North Dunedin,
    Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Website: https://www.otago.ac.nz
    Telephone: 64 3 479 7000 (outside New Zealand)
    Email: university@otago.ac.nz


New Zealand is a great destination to study those who aim to get a quality education with reasonable money. Those who wish to study abroad and then try to get jobs there itself, New Zealand a great choice as there are ample of courses and job opportunities.


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