University of Otago Entrance Requirements

University of Otago Entrance Requirements

A university entrance qualification is essential for admission to the University of Otago for all types of programmes. You must also be at least 16 years of age by the first day of classes in your period of study.

The information below applies only to domestic students applying for study at a New Zealand university for the first time.

New Zealand University Entrance requirements

New Zealand University Entrance can be achieved through one of the following categories:

Please note that a non-refundable administration fee applies for applications under some of the categories.

Studied in New Zealand?

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Previous tertiary study

If you have previously been enrolled at another New Zealand university your method of admission will transfer from your previous institution.


Required and recommended background subjects (PDF)


International student?

Information for international students is available from the International Office.

Don’t have the appropriate academic background?

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Chemistry Paper CHEM150 – Summer School
  • JumpSTART Physics
  • Foundation Year / Bridging Course
  • Tū Kahika
  • Pacific Foundation Programme
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