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University of Otago

Dunedin , South Island ,New Zealand

Diploma in Global Cultures (DipGlobalC)

Interaction between people from diverse cultural backgrounds has never been greater than in today’s interconnected and globalized world. The Diploma in Global Cultures (DipGlobalC) prepares students for the pressing need to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for intercultural communicative competence and responsible, global citizenship.

The DipGlobalC is a separate qualification normally completed alongside a degree program. It offers a wide range of project-focused interdisciplinary courses that develop global perspectives and cross-cultural communication skills.

Because of its focus on fostering global citizenship, the Diploma is particularly suitable to complement majors and minors in Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, the Arts, Environmental Science, Law, Religion, Film and Media, History, M?ori and Pacifica Studies, Gender and Social work, Geography, Food Science, Science Communication, Politics, Tourism, Commerce and other areas.

Campus Information


The University of Otago main campus is located in Dunedin. The Dunedin campus includes: Central administration Four academic divisions: Business, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We encourage all students – including International students – to make use of the career resources available on our website. From exploring your career options to specific job search strategies, you’ll find the information you need to establish your future career. You’ll also find information on this page specifically targeted at International students.

Get help with:

Career planning: Explore your career and study options
Job Applications: CV and cover letters, interview skills and applying for work
Gaining Experience: Get the ‘right’ skills, enhance your Otago experience… and volunteer.
Finding Employment: Job search strategies, career events and looking for work
Speak to a career adviser one-on-one if you need further assistance.

Enhance your employability
The graduate job market is competitive – good grades alone may not be enough to get your ideal job. You’ll also be expected to possess excellent English language skills, and be able to demonstrate a range of work-related skills and personal qualities relevant to the job. Develop the required skills through:

Work experience – gain part-time work, voluntary work, summer placements, or internships
Extracurricular activities – get involved in activities outside your course such as student societies and sporting clubs
Academic activities – show your capabilities by, for example, leading a group project or being a student representative for your course

PSW Opportunity

2 years open post study work visa after completion of Bachelor degree.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8.
    • The numerical scores are normally calculated on the best three A-Level principal subjects (excluding the General Paper) taken at one sitting, or two A-Level passes with two A-Level Subsidiary passes at one sitting.
      • (i) Scores for the Advanced levels are calculated on the basis that: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1
      • (ii) Scores for the Advanced Subsidiary level results are calculated on the basis that: A = 2.5, B = 2, C = 1.5, D = 1, E = 0.5
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution.

Minimum overall average of 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School
Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English. The scores are calculated on the
best four academic subjects excluding local languages and non-academic subjects.

One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing, or successful
completion of a New Zealand Foundation Year programme


IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 5.5)

IELTS Indicator test

This is an online version of the regular IELTS test, made available due to COVID-19 testing centre restrictions.

Paper-based TOEFL

Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)

Internet-based TOEFL

Score of 80 (writing 20)

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

This is an online version of the regular TOEFL iBT test, made available due to COVID-19 testing centre restrictions

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.

70% in English for the All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (CISCE).

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 28513 NZD
    Annual Cost of Living: 15000 NZD
    Application Fee: N/A
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