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University of Otago Language Centre (Dunedin)


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.

Although the University’s main campus is in Dunedin, it also has Health Sciences campuses in Christchurch (University of Otago, Christchurch) and Wellington (University of Otago, Wellington) (established in 1972 and 1977 respectively), and an information and teaching centre in central Auckland (1996).

Every year, the University of Otago welcomes international students from over 90 different countries around the world. We pride ourselves on the high level of student support offered, both by staff within International Office and by other Student Services at Otago.

The University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year is located in Dunedin, New Zealand. We provide expert English language tuition, academic knowledge and an entry qualification to enable you to be admitted to a New Zealand university or improve your English language skills.

The University of Otago Language Centre is a leader in English language teaching in New Zealand and the world. We offer you the best in learning to speak, write, read, listen to and understand English. As a University of Otago Language Centre student you will gain knowledge, skills and confidence in a supportive environment.

Each year, around 400 students from 19 countries come to learn and study English at the Language Centre.

Learn in our modern and comfortable building on campus at the University of Otago. The building also houses the University of Otago Foundation Year where many students study before entering university. With over 20,000 students and 2,500 international students from 80 countries on campus, you will meet people from all over the world. All Administration and Support offices are situated in the building so you will have easy access to teaching, administrative and support staff.

Special Features of the Language Centre

  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and friendly, professional staff together with diverse student cultures and nationalities;
  • Fast processing of applications and online visa service will renew student visas or change a visitor visa to a student visa
  • Five levels of English tuition from Elementary to Advanced and small class sizes - 1 teacher to 16 students with a completion certificate provided as well as academic advice on future study pathways and access to conversation groups and workshops at the Student Learning Centre on campus.
  • Multimedia language laboratory, computers with free access to the Internet and printing, student email address and network storage
  • Welcoming Kiwi homestay families with free airport pick up if you stay with a homestay family and weekly sports and social activities

General English: Do you want to communicate with people from other countries? General English gives you the English language preparation to achieve this. The course uses communicative English language teaching.

English for Academic Purposes: The Language Centre runs programmes to prepare you specifically for study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at an English speaking university. You will follow a carefully structured programme of Academic English, Research and Learning Skills, and IELTS preparation.

Short Term English Study Programmes for Groups: We offer many variations and make packages to suit your particular needs.

English for Teachers who have English as a Second Language: This is a professional development course for teachers of English who have English as their second language. The course focuses on self-improvement in English language and classroom language skills.

NZ$    459/per week for General English
NZ$    459/per week for Academic English
NZ$    250 Student Services fee
NZ$    184 Orientation fee

*the package fee includes:
•    tuition fee for the entire program

*the package fee DOES NOT include:
•    visa fee and residence permit fee
•    health insurance fee (visa requirement)

Home stay        238 NZ$/week
Home stay handling fee    220 NZ$University of Otago Foundation Year

Bridging Programme

The University of Otago Foundation Year has a Bridging Programme beginning in January, May and September. The bridging Programme involves five weeks' focused study in subject areas that will help you prepare for Foundation Year. Please ask for more information.