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Otago Polytechnic: Courses, Admission, Cost

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    Year of establishment1870
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    Also Known AsOP
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    Total International Students935
    UG/PG Course Ratio1.75
    Faculty/Student Ratio16
    No.of Campuses3
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    Q:   Is getting part-time jobs easy while studying at Otago Polytechnic?


    Because Otago Polytechnic is located close to Dunedin's central business center and posts job openings on its website, finding part-time work while attending school is not too difficult.Hospitality and food service are two industries that are popular among overseas students at Otago Polytechnic for part-time work.
    1. Academic support and in-store tutoring
    2. Help with Administration
    3. Sales and Customer Service
    Through local businesses, recruitment agencies, and the university's job portal, students can investigate employment prospects. Remember that during semesters, working hours are restricted to 20 hours per week in order to strike a balance between obligations to your job and your studies.


    Q:   Why Indian students choose to study at Otago Polytechnic?


    There are various reasons why Indian students want to study at Otago Polytechnic:

    1. Excellent Education: Otago Polytechnic is well known for providing students with some of the highest levels of satisfaction and achievement in New Zealand.
    2. Career-Focused Qualifications: To equip students for success in the global workforce, the school provides a variety of career-focused qualifications that have been developed in partnership with academic and industry professionals.
    3. Friendly and Supportive atmosphere: Otago Polytechnic offers a variety of resources, including facilities, services, and support, to create an atmosphere where students can fully benefit from their time here.
    4. Worldwide Accreditation: Otago Polytechnic's credentials are accepted all around the world, giving students a competitive advantage in the international job market.
    5. Opportunities for Scholarships: To assist students in a wide range of academic subjects, the institution provides a number of scholarships.


    Q:   What is Otago Polytechnic famous for?


    Otago Polytechnic is well known for emphasizing career-focused education and offers a variety of postgraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and certifications that are approved by New Zealand. The school is well-known for its outstanding student achievements and satisfaction rates, with a large proportion of its graduates finding work or going back to school. Notably, the Tertiary Education Commission states that Otago Polytechnic has the highest qualification completion rate in New Zealand. This shows that the school does a great job of preparing pupils for success in the future with its demanding curricula and encouraging learning environments.


    Q:   Will my life on campus be better at Otago Polytechnic than staying off-campus?


    Advantages of Living on College:

    Accessibility: Being close to schools, libraries, and other essential services throughout daily routines saves time and effort.
    Community: Interacting with other students in residential settings fosters friendships and a stronger sense of belonging.
    Support Services: Student communities typically offer committed support services like pastoral care, tutoring, and mentorship programs.
    Safety: Easy access to emergency services and on-campus security measures keep residents safer.
    Social Activities: Engage in programs and events designed just for on-campus residents.

    Among the disadvantages of living on campus are:

    Cost: In general, living off campus is more expensive than renting privately.
    Limited Space: In contrast to individual accommodations, dorm rooms, and apartments.

    Less Privacy: Privacy is compromised while sharing common areas with neighbors and roommates.Regulations: On-campus housing is subject to stringent guidelines on conduct and behavior.

    Finally, the choice of living on campus and off campus depends on the choice of the students.



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    Q:   What are the top scholarships for Otago Polytechnic and how to avail them?


    Otago Polytechnic provides a range of scholarships to help students, both domestic and foreign, achieve their academic objectives. Here are a few of Otago Polytechnic's best scholarships:
    1. Polytechnic Otago Bachelors grant: This grant is intended to support undergraduate students' academic endeavors financially.
    2. Polytechnic Otago Postgraduate Scholarship: This scholarship provides funding to Otago Polytechnic students who are pursuing advanced degrees. It is intended for postgraduate students.
    3. Scholarships from the Prime Minister: These scholarships, which are funded by the New Zealand government and managed by Education New Zealand, are intended to assist students in pursuing their academic goals.
    4. The Women in Information Technology Scholarship was established to address the underrepresentation of women in technical jobs. It is exclusively available to female students pursuing a Bachelor of Information Technology degree.
    5. Scholarships for Otago Cricket: These scholarships provide up to three years of full tuition for an Otago Polytechnic programme of study to future Otago Cricket students.


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    • Type of deadline :Regular
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    Q:   Is Otago Polytechnic a better option than IIM Ahmedabad, India for doing MBA?


    It's challenging to compare the MBA programme at Otago Polytechnic with that at IIM Ahmedabad, India. IIM Ahmedabad is a prominent university that is frequently included among the best business schools in the world and is renowned for its excellent standards in management education. IIM Ahmedabad has a long history, a large network of alumni, and a strong curriculum that prepares students to become leaders in a variety of industries.Conversely, although the MBA programme at Otago Polytechnic is acknowledged as a high-caliber offering in New Zealand, it functions on a smaller scale and does not have the same historical standing and international reach as programs like IIM Ahmedabad. The MBA programme at Otago Polytechnic does, however, have a strong global perspective, flexible study alternatives, and a varied student body, all of which may be appealing to those looking for a more individualized learning environment.


    Q:   Is it possible to get into MBA at Otago Polytechnic without work experience?


    Although it is typically desirable to have relevant work experience, it is possible to participate in Otago Polytechnic's MBA programme without any prior work experience. The standard entrance requirements for Otago Polytechnic's MBA programme are an undergraduate degree (or equivalent), three years of professional or managerial experience, a GMAT score of 550 or above, and an IELTS score of 6.5 (for non-native English speakers).


    Q:   What are the deadlines to submit applications for Otago Polytechnic?


    For the majority of its programs, Otago Polytechnic uses a rolling admissions procedure, accepting applicants all year round. International applicants are advised to submit their applications at least three to four months prior to the start of the program.The following are the specific dates for undergraduate and graduate courses:

    1. Undergraduate courses: Applications are accepted through November for the first semester, which starts in February.
    Applications are accepted until May, and the second semester starts in July.
    2. Postgraduate courses: Six weeks before the start of the intake, applications must be submitted.


    Q:   What are the documents required in the visa process for Indian students at Otago Polytechnic?


    Typically, the following paperwork is needed from Indian students seeking a visa to attend Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand:
    1. Pictures the size of a passport: Images taken recently, no more than six months ago.
    2. For applicants over 17 who plan to stay in New Zealand for longer than 24 months, a police clearance certificate is mandatory.
    3. Cover letter: Describes the student's history, financial support, and level of English language ability.
    4. Academic credentials include graduation, postgraduate, and Class 10 and 12 certificates, among other diplomas.
    5. Evidence of English language proficiency, such as IELTS results.
    6. Financial Documents: A range of evidence of finances, including bank statements, fixed deposits, and guarantor affidavits.
    7. Documents pertaining to Health: For stays longer than a year, a comprehensive physical examination including x-rays.


    Q:   Are there many students from other countries studying at Otago Polytechnic?


    Every year, Otago Polytechnic welcomes around 770 international students, making up almost 10% of the total student body. The rich cultural environment on campus is enhanced by the diverse student body, which hails from many different nations. Otago Polytechnic draws in international students due to its high academic standards, environmentally friendly policies, and dedication to the welfare of its students.


    Courses and Fees 2024

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    PG Diploma(9 courses)
    INR 10 L - 13 L
    Duration1 year
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, TOEFL: 60 - 79, PTE: 50 - 58
    UG Diploma(3 courses)
    INR 10 L - 13 L
    Duration1 year-2 years
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 - 6, TOEFL: 46 - 60, PTE: 42 - 50
    B.E. / B.Tech(3 courses)
    INR 12 L
    Duration3 years
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 60 & Above, PTE: 50 & Above
    MBA/PGDM(3 courses)
    INR 10 L - 25 L
    Duration18 months
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 58 & Above
    MIM(3 courses)
    INR 10 L - 25 L
    Duration18 months
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 79 & Above, PTE: 58 & Above
    BBA(1 course)
    INR 10 L
    Duration3 years
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, TOEFL: 60 & Above, PTE: 50 & Above
    MASc(1 course)
    INR 12 L
    Duration18 months
    Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
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    Q:   Is Purdue University Northwest, cheaper than courses at Otago Polytechnic?


    The undergraduate and graduate tuition fees of Purdue University Northwest is less than that at Otago Polytechnic. Undergraduate Indiana residents pay roughly $253.15 in tuition and associated fees per credit hour at Purdue University Northwest, whereas non-residents and foreign students spend $606.70. By comparison, Otago Polytechnic costs between NZD 18,100 and NZD 22,660 annually for master's degrees. Based on the assumption that a typical one-year master's programme consists of 120 credits, this works out to between NZD 1,516.67 and NZD 1,888.33 per credit hour. For the majority of programs, Purdue University Northwest is therefore far less expensive than Otago Polytechnic. However, when selecting a university, prospective students should also take into account other aspects outside of tuition expenses, such as the caliber of instruction, employment opportunities, and personal preferences.


    Q:   How much money is required in Indian rupees to study at Otago Polytechnic?


    Depending on the degree and level of study, Otago Polytechnic charges different tuition for overseas students. International students must pay tuition fees ranging from NZD 18,100 to NZD 22,660 annually for courses in management, NZD 22,060 annually for studies in engineering, NZD 22,000 annually for courses in science, and NZD 23,220 annually for courses in media films.We may utilize the current exchange rate, which is roughly 1 NZD = 47.5 INR (as of February 24, 2024), to convert these fees to Indian Rupees. For this reason, the expected annual tuition fees for management degrees at Otago Polytechnic range from INR 8,60,750 to INR 10,77,700, for engineering courses from INR 10,47,700, for scientific studies from INR 10,45,000, and for Science courses from INR 11,03,350 for media films courses.


    Q:   Is a score of 85 in TOEFL good for Otago Polytechnic?


    85 is typically regarded as a good score on the TOEFL, and it may be sufficient for admission to the University of Otago in New Zealand, among other universities. It is crucial to remember that different universities and programs may have different requirements for TOEFL scores. For example, for some programs, the University of Otago normally needs a TOEFL score of 95 plus a writing score of 22.While some universities may accept a TOEFL score of 85 as the minimal.


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    Q:   What are the popular sectors that Indian students prefer for doing part-time jobs at Otago Polytechnic?


    Since it's a popular choice for international students, Indian students at Otago Polytechnic frequently pursue part-time work in the hotel and tourism industry. Other industries that draw Indian students seeking part-time jobs include marketing, accountancy, jobs as virtual assistants, and work in supermarkets. In addition to helping students pay for their education, these positions give them networking opportunities within the industry of their choice and important work experience. Career services at universities such as Otago Polytechnic typically help students locate part-time jobs that meet their needs.


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    1. After graduating, the majority of alumni find jobs within three months.
    2. Around the world, graduates launch careers in a range of indu




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