Otago Polytechnic is proud to be a leader in hands-on, career-focused education, achieving some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand, and earning resounding endorsements from employers.
Otago Polytechnic is a fun and vibrant place to study
When you’re choosing somewhere to study you want to know you’re selecting the best option for your future career. We’re a leading polytechnic delivering high-quality, career-focused education and employers love our work-ready, motivated and confident graduates.
These days you need to make sure that your study gives you the best chance of achieving what you want in life and every year more than 7,000 full- and part-time students choose Otago Polytechnic to help them reach that goal. Why not join them and participate in one of our 100+ diverse programmes, from certificates to postgraduate qualifications, covering health to art & design, engineering to IT, and veterinary nursing to adventure & snow sports.
A choice of where to study – Dunedin, Central Otago or Auckland
One of this country’s best centres of learning and home to 25,000 students – approximately 20% of the city’s population. A lively and vibrant city, there’s something for everyone. We’ve got great shopping, awesome gigs, heritage architecture, theatres, art galleries and museums, along with plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants offering food from around the globe.
Cromwell – Central Otago
Central Otago is unlike anywhere else in the world. Striking landscapes of mountains, rivers, lakes and tussocks provide a playground for the energetic, inspiration for the artistic and a lifestyle most can only dream of. And our strong connections with local businesses mean there’s plenty of work experience available too.
Located in the heart of downtown Auckland, you’re never far from the fun of New Zealand’s largest city. Our team of top quality teachers and support staff come from a range of cultural backgrounds. The majority of programmes in Auckland are currently only available to international students. Classes are taught in English but there is staff available who speak other languages.
FLEXIBLE STUDY OPTIONS
A range of delivery methods to suit your learning style
We’ve developed a range of delivery methods to suit any learner and pathway options so you can start from any level!
On campus: Via face-to-face teaching, online resources, work placements and student-managed projects.
Online: Fully online programmes mean you don’t need to attend classes on campus, as content can be accessed online. You may have online tutorials at certain times but these can also be recorded to listen to later. Online learning is ideal for learners who are in work and need the flexibility of online study.
Distance: Various formats specific to programmes including block courses (on campus), local work placements, local tutorials and online learning.
Work-based: Where problems or needs of your workplace become the focus of your research and learning – available in specific postgraduate programmes.
Full-time: Requiring a time commitment of approximately 40 hours per week, similar to full-time work.
Part-time: Many of our full-time programmes can be completed part-time over a slightly longer duration, so you can fit your study around other commitments.
Finding your study pathway
No matter what your situation or background, we can help you to meet your study goals. We offer a wide range of learning options and services to support you in your learner journey.
Still in school?
Check out our youth options including the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College.
16-19 years old?
Study through the Youth Guarantee scheme and pay no fees (conditions apply).
Need a solid foundation to build from?
Want a taste of tertiary study, to improve your numeracy and literacy skills or develop specific knowledge to move into a higher level qualification, we have the perfect foundation studies option for you.
Kickstart to employment
This is the perfect programme if you want to make yourself more employable.
Love the outdoors and practical work? Want a stepping stone to education and employment? This 13-week, Dunedin-based scheme is for 16-25-year-olds and is run in partnership with the Malcam Charitable Trust.
Need to meet certain entry criteria?
If you want to study one of our higher level qualifications but don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We offer a range of bridging options which are designed to give you the exact skills you need for more advanced study in that specific area. Examples include the Certificate in Health (Level 4), Certificate in Creative Studies and the Certificate in Fashion Studies (Level 4).
Want to gain a nationally-recognised qualification without going back to the classroom? Our world-leading assessment methods at Capable NZ value the prior learning of individuals who want to become qualified and support the workplaces that employ them. We measure your existing capability, gained through years of work and life experience, against a formal qualification and give you academic credit for what you already know.
Want to improve your English?
Our English programmes will allow you to improve your English while also helping you to prepare for further study. They have been designed to provide a clear pathway into our certificate, diploma and degree qualifications.
New skills for enjoyment or employment.
Join the 98% of our graduates in work, study or both
Our graduates achieve great success and personal satisfaction thanks to our expert academic staff and links with industry. They care about their wider community and are driven to make a difference.
Studying with us is a great way to shape your future and get a career you’ll love!
- flexible study options
- the chance to get hands-on experience
- study pathways to match any learners’ needs
- study abroad and exchange opportunities
- award-winning lecturers
- links with industry and international networks > work experience/industry placements > great student support services.
Hands-on, real-world experience
We are a leader in high-quality, career-focused education and employers love our highly capable, motivated and confident graduates. Our hands-on approach to learning ensures that our graduates are work- and world-ready. They care about the community, are well-informed and are driven to make a difference.
Most of our programmes offer hands-on experience in some form. We have extensive training facilities for study options such as Automotive (training workshop and garage), Cookery and Culinary Arts (training kitchens, café and restaurant), Nursing (simulation suite), Hairdressing (training salon) and Massage Therapy (training clinic) with a lot of these options being open to the public so you can gain real client experience.
We also help you to make sense of the theory you have learned in class by connecting it to practice. Our strong and wide-ranging industry connections and contacts enable us to facilitate internships and project partnerships as well as offering work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
Networks and partnerships
Otago Polytechnic is part of many national and international networks, including the Cumulus Association (Design) and the Metro Group (Engineering).
International partnerships are at the heart of our philosophy for learning and growth. Our relationships with international institutions range from informal friendships to formalised study abroad and exchange agreements, supporting our community and enriching the variety of experiences available to our learners
Learn from the best
We’re specialists in career-focused education. Our class sizes are small and study is focused on practical, applied learning. Many of our lecturers have extensive experience in their professional field and are actively involved in their research community so you will benefit from their expertise and up-to-date industry knowledge.
- All of our teaching staff hold, or are working towards, the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7) – a recognised tertiary teaching qualification.
- In the past eight years, 17 of our teachers have won Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards spanning study areas including Nursing, Culinary Arts, Communication Design, Sport and Adventure, Engineering and Construction.
- Our qualification completion rate is amongst the best in our sector in New Zealand.
- Our staff-student interactions, educational experiences and supportive learning environment came top in a recent Australasian study survey!
Our graduates get 92% employer approval
An Otago Polytechnic qualification can take you anywhere! Employers love our graduates because they are:
- work-ready and capable
- innovative and motivated
- eager to learn
- practical and solution-focused
- global citizens who care about making a difference.
Our quality endorsements
Otago Polytechnic is a high-quality institution and our qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally. We have achieved the highest possible endorsement from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for our performance which means that you can feel very confident about the quality of your education.
GREAT STUDENT SUPPORT
Get the support you need
Starting life as a new or returning student can be exciting as well as challenging. Our extensive support services are here to help you navigate student life and make sure your time at Otago Polytechnic is rewarding and fun!
- Student Advisors
- Cultural support for M¯aori and Pasifika
- Disability support
- Learning Advisors
- Career support
- Counselling services
- Student Health Centre
- IT Support
- Polykids Childcare Centre
- Studylink assistance
Otago Polytechnic Student Association
Be a part of a community run by students, for students
As a student, it is vital you have an independent organisation to represent and promote your views and interests, safeguard your welfare and ensure that you have a great experience.'pan>
Life at Otago Polytechnic is about more than just study and classes— you will have multiple opportunities to take part in a vibrant community-based culture of events and fun.
The Students’ Association manages a range of services including:
- ID and discount cards
- Free phones and microwaves
- Financial and personal advice
- Cheap phone cards and DCC rubbish bags
- Photocopying, binding and laminating
- Student Job Search
- Gym and recreation facilities
- Clubs and social sports.
Visit the OPSA website for more information.
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