My Dunedin Itinerary


As New Zealand's first centre of learning, Dunedin's tradition of world-leading education continues to inspire achievement and innovation.

School study

Since opening the southern hemisphere’s first public girl’s secondary school in 1871, we’ve offered the best in high school education and a powerful pathway to higher learning for generations of students.

Dunedin’s secondary schools teach over 40 internationally recognised subjects with extensive support for English language learners. Helping young students achieve their full potential, our schools ensure they learn and grow in a safe and secure environment.

School qualifications

Schools in Dunedin teach to the National Certificate in Education Achievement. Called NCEA, this is our main qualification at secondary school. NCEA is a unique way of learning at school.

By including both internal and external ways of seeing how you have learned – you can study towards credits in subjects that give you entry to our higher education institutions.

Accepted and recognised globally, you can also use your NCEA qualification to enter university and other higher education institutions in Dunedin or New Zealand and around the world.

Some of our schools also offer other global school level awards and qualifications like the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

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Higher education

Home to a world-ranked university, an Institute of Technology with top course completion rates, cutting edge research programmes and an extraordinary range of study-related opportunities, Dunedin is a landmark study destination offering the very best in higher education at every level.

A source of globally renowned educational expertise, our reputation attracts some of the world’s most talented teachers, lecturers and researchers, giving life to a unique and energetic student culture.

Delivering a diverse range of internationally recognised qualifications from their historic campus settings, the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic nurture strong connections to institutions in over 70 countries – guaranteeing that an education from Dunedin will always travel with you.

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Career training

If you’re searching for high quality career training, Dunedin’s specialised providers can help you. Our providers deliver world leading education in fields ranging from aviation and dive instruction to travel and tourism, while fostering close ties to these industries.

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Foundation Studies / Learning English

English language learning comes easily in Dunedin, where more people speak English as a first language than any other city in New Zealand. It’s the perfect place to learn English or improve your abilities.

Supporting those just starting out, Dunedin’s higher education institutions and specialist English language providers offer intensive foundation studies and English language learning programmes to help you get on your way.

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