University of Otago


New Zealand



Agreement type

Study abroad

Study places


About the study place

The University of Otago is one of the largest universities in New Zealand (after Auckland University) with approximately 21.000 students, of whom 11% are international. The University was founded in 1869 and is thus the oldest in New Zealand. It is located in Dunedin, the second largest city of the South Island, and offers many relevant courses for NMBU students: Aquaculture, biochemistry, biostatistics, botany, computer modelling, natural resource management, landscape design, food science, economy and ecology, among others.

Course catalogue

  • Bachelor and Master

  • Applicants are chosen according to the highest average grade scores achieved upon applying. Average grade C is required.

  • English

    Language requirements:

    Upper secondary school (norsk: videregående skole): Average grade of 4 in English.

    Otago language requirements

  • The tuition fee is approximately NZD12500 per semester. NMBU students will receive an Otago grant (10% of the tuition fee). In total NZD11250.

  • Semester 1: February – June.
    Semester 2: July – November.

  • 18 Otago credits equal 9 ECTS.

    100, 200 and 300 courses are Bachelor-level courses, 400 are Master-level courses.

    Students normally do 3-4 papers (courses) each semester (54-72 credits).


  • Student accommodation.

    Accommodation will cost about NZD4465 (24 weeks), electricity, bedding and internet included. Four - six people share accommodation, one person will be local.

    Application form.

  • For periods of study exceeding three months, a visa is necessary. To apply for a visa, it is necessary to have been accepted as an exchange student, to have received a receipt for paid tuition fees, and to be able to prove sufficient funds for covering living expenses during the stay. The application should be sent together with your passport to London, where the closest visa-processing embassy is. Processing time can take up to four weeks, and will cost around £160 (around NOK1600).  

    More information about the visa application.

    Important to note: Students who are part of an approved exchange scheme must apply for a student visa before their arrival in New Zealand. This includes students who are from visa-waiver countries.
    Exchange students can come to New Zealand as visitors and apply for an exchange student visa within New Zealand, but only if they can provide an exceptional reason as to why they could not obtain one before arrival.

  • Universities in New Zealand require that students pay their own insurance. This must be documented. Alternatively the University sells an insurance (NZD300).