• Rank: # 151st QS Survey
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University of Otago

The University of Otago, founded in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council, is New Zealand’s oldest university. The new University was given 100,000 acres of pastoral land as an endowment and authorised to grant degrees in Arts, Medicine, Law and Music.The University opened in July 1871 with a staff of just three Professors, one to teach Classics and English Language and Literature, another having responsibility for Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, and the third to cover Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy. The following year a Professor of Natural Science joined the staff. With a further endowment provided in 1872, the syllabus was widened and new lectureships established: lectures in Law started in 1873, and in 1875 courses began in Medicine. Lectures in Mining were given from 1872, and in 1878 a School of Mines was established.


# 151st

QS Survey 2018

# 201st-250th

Times Higher 2018

# 201st-250th

Times Higher 2015

Admission Criteria & Eligibility

70% in English for the All India Senior School
Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)

IELTS  IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
Internet-based TOEFL  Score of 80 (writing 20)
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
 Paper-based TOEFL  Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
 Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)  Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
 Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)  Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
 CIE  E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements
 GCE A or AS English Language, Literature in English, Language and Literature in English  Grade C or higher
 GCE AS level General Paper (English)  Grade C or higher
 International Baccalaureate  English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher Level in Language B
 Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic  Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50


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University of Otago

International Office University of Otago , PO Box 56 Dunedin New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9016

Phone: + 64- 3- 479-8582
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