We know you might have some questions about studying and everything that comes with it!

We’ve pulled together some FAQs below and hope these help.

If you still have questions, reach out to us and we can answer them for you – email info@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 762 786!



What are the 2022 semester dates?

Usually, semester one runs from late February until late June, and semester two runs from mid-July until mid-November.

These dates may not apply to all programmes and there may be some variations.

Check programme specific information on our website.

What happens to my application once I apply?

Once you have submitted your application, our Academic Registry team will gather together the information we need, and then will pass it on to the academic staff for review.

If accepted into a programme of study, you will receive an offer letter, which you need to accept (via our applications portal) to secure your place.


What are the costs of study?

Domestic and international programme fees are listed on each programme information sheet on our website.

Sometimes it may say that fees are not charged due to a programme sitting under a Government initiative (such as the TTAF scheme). There are also useful links on our programme information sheets to StudyLink.

Funding options and StudyLink are for domestic students only.

Where possible, we’ve also included an Additional Cost section. This shows the amount of money you will need to pay for things like specialist equipment or textbooks.

When do I apply for StudyLink?

Domestic students can apply for student loans and

allowances via StudyLink. It’s important to apply at the

same time as you apply for your programme of study

due to the length of time StudyLink takes to process.

Visit studylink.govt.nz

StudyLink can help with:

  • compulsory student fees
  • course-related costs (e.g. books, laptops, etc.)
  • day-to-day living costs
  • other costs (e.g. disability or childcare)
What is TTAF?

This stands for the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund. The Government introduced this in 2020 and it means that domestic students can study certain programmes for FREE until December 2022.

The areas you can study for free include Apiculture, Engineering, Horticulture and Trades.

You do need to pay for any additional costs such as calculators, textbooks or protective footwear,  and your living costs, but you can apply for a student loan to cover this (as long as you're eligible).

Check out the full list of TTAF programmes.

How does Fees Free work?

Fees Free is another Government scheme that means your first year of tertiary study could be free (up to $12,000/120 credits) if you’ve never been enrolled in tertiary study over 60 credits at Level 3 or higher in New Zealand and are a domestic student.

To check whether you’re able to use Fees Free, visit feesfree.govt.nz

If I do a TTAF approved programme, does it impact my fees-free entitlement?

Nope! TTAF does not impact on or use up your fees-free entitlement. In other words, you can access both schemes one after another.

For more information, visit feesfree.govt.nz

When will I know my timetable?

Timetables are usually released just before your programme commences, meaning you may not know your timetable until late February. If you haven’t received it earlier, you will be given your timetable in the first days of study.

If you need to know approximately how many hours a week you’ll need to spend studying, check out the programme information sheet 'Your workload' section.


Can I get car parking on campus in Dunedin?

Free parking for Otago Polytechnic students is available at the Forsyth Barr Stadium car park.

When you start, you’ll need to complete a Parking Form and we’ll send you a parking permit.



How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you’re thinking of studying with us but feel that cost is a barrier, don’t panic! We have a variety of scholarships to help you. Some of our scholarships are for any of our programmes but some are for specific programmes.

Each scholarship may have a different application processes and deadline. Most of our scholarships are for domestic students but we do have some for international students too.

View our scholarships section

How can I get help when I’m studying?

Our Student Success team are here to help you with any issues that pop up along the way – and yes, they’re here over the semester break and holidays!

You can chat to them about your study, money worries or even personal problems. You can book an appointment to see a support advisor in person or reach out via email or phone –

whatever suits you. And we have a full support website, packed with resources to support your student journey.


Visit studentservices.op.ac.nz