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Academic information

Faculty focus: Arts, Science, Fine Arts, Commerce

Discipline focus: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies, Bioethics, Botany, Buddhist Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Christian Thought, Classical Music, Classics, Commerce, Composition, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Linguistics, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film & Media Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Greek, Hebrew, History, Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Irish Studies, Islamic Studies, Japaneses, Latin American Studies, Maori Studies, Marine Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Politics & Political Thought, Music, New Zealand Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts, Zoology

Exclusions: Medicine, Dentistry, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or any other clinical course are not open to exchange students. Some Otago courses such as MBA, Wildlife Management and Marine Science are restricted in admissions – see the notes in the course catalogue.

Credit details: 1 course = 1 'paper' / 1 paper = 18 credit units / recommended course load = 54-72 credit units (3 or 4 papers)


Financial information

Tuition: paid directly to Mount Allison
Accommodation (one term):
avg. $120 NZD/week (shared flat, off-campus) + $30 NZD/week (utilities)
Meal plan (one term): prepare your own meals or eat locally
Transportation: $3,000-$3,500 CAD (from Halifax) 
Visa: $225 USD (Visa) + $38 USD (processing fee)
Insurance: mandatory NZ insurance (approx. $300 NZD/semester)       



Accommodation options (e.g. residential colleges) at the University of Otago are in high demand, particularly for the February intake (Semester 1). 

Students coming to Otago in the July intake (Semester 2) will have more options, making this possibly a better start option for students coming to Otago for one semester only.

Applications for accommodation for Semester 1 need to be made before Dec. 1. Applications for Semester 2 need to be made between Apr. 1 and June 1. A popular option among one-semester exchange students is 'flatting' or sharing an off-campus apartment with other Otago students.  More information about 'flatting' can be found on Otago's Accommodation homepage.



The New Zealand Government requires that all international students have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Students will sign up for StudentSafe (Otago’s recommended insurance policy) as part of the online process.

Students wishing to have an alternative insurance policy assessed must apply up to six weeks before the start of their studies at Otago. Alternative insurance policies may be accepted if they comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students insurance content requirements which may be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/international/healthcare.html.

Any alternative insurance policy submitted less than six weeks prior to the start of the student’s course (as per their Offer of Place) will not be accepted for evaluation and they will automatically be enrolled in the Studentsafe-University scheme.


Visa information

All exchange students must obtain a student visa prior to their arrival in New Zealand. Students who do not hold a valid student visa and permit will not be permitted to enrol in any course at the University of Otago.

Information about visas and permits (including forms) can be found at: www.immigration.govt.nz 

For applicants in Canada, the nearest NZ visa application centre is in Washington DC: 

Visa Application Centre
1120 19th Street NW, Suite# 415 
Washington, DC  20036
Tel. (202) 223-3400
Email: ttswashingtonnz@ttepl.com
Web: http://www.ttsnzvisa.com 
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST

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