Otago Polytechnic's history began in 1870, when the Dunedin School of Art opened. It’s the oldest teaching department in the polytechnic sector. Today Otago Polytechnic is a medium-sized regional polytechnic and a leader in high quality, career-focused education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand. Centred in Dunedin with additional campuses in Cromwell and Auckland, it provides a career-focused education within undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at levels 2-10.
Otago Polytechnic has three campuses: Dunedin, Central Otago Campus and Auckland International Campus. It also carries out distance-based learning for some specialisations. With the main campus in Dunedin, ten minutes walk from the city centre and a short drive away from excellent surf beaches, the institute provides a range of student facilities. There are also community facilities right on Otago Polytechnic's doorstep, including Hockey's McMillan Turf, Logan Park sports grounds and the Caledonian athletics grounds right across the road.
Auckland Campus is a perfect haven for learning, studying or relaxing with your fellow students. Unlike Dunedin and Cromwell campuses, the Auckland campus is exclusively for international students.
Central Otago campus is in Cromwell, a growing town surrounded by rugged landscapes, lakes, vineyards and orchards. The programmes here are tailor-made for the location, giving you study options such as snowsports, outdoor adventure, apiculture, horticulture, cookery with a regional focus.
More than 100 programmes are offered across 10 schools including the College of Enterprise and Development, Te Maru Pumanawa (Hospitality, Functions and Design), Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure, Veterinary Nursing, Architecture, Building and Engineering, School of Art, Social Services, Nursing, Midwifery and Occupational Therapy. A wide range of programmes offers a practical experience as well as theory giving graduates a head start in the job market. Programmes and activities at Otago Polytechnic are regularly reviewed to ensure different stakeholder needs are being met. Otago Polytechnic qualifications are widely recognised, both in New Zealand and around the world, preparing students for global career success. The institute also has more than 80 international partner institutions, which allows students to apply for a range of exchange programmes.