The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
University of Otago
- New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869
- 15 100+ undergraduate students
- Otago's scenic campus is a mixture of historic and modern buildings located in the centre of Dunedin, a short walk from the city's central shopping and services
- The students live as a community immediately around the campus area in student Colleges of Residence or self-catering flats
- The heart of the city is lined with restaurants, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, galleries and craft markets as well as parks and gardens
- Located on the coast, Dunedin is characterized by its white sand beaches, bush clad hills, tidal inlets and volcanic landforms
- Dunedin hosts coastal colonies of the shy Yellow- eyed penguins, and the world's only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross
- Dunedin's long natural harbour is ideal for wind surfing, yachting, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing
- Surf's up all year round on Dunedin’s beaches - St. Clair beach is considered one of New Zealand's best for surfing
Partner university's areas of study
ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING
Who can go?
- Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
- Students need a minimum cumulative average of 70% to attend this university
- Semester 1: Late February to Late June
- Semester 2: Early July to Early November
What term to list on your Go Global Application:
- Term 1: if planning to take UO's semester 2
- Term 2: if planning to take UO's semester 1
- Full year: if planning to take UO's semester 2 and then take UO's Semester 1
- Split year: if planning to take UO's semester 1 and then take UO's semester 2
Course equivalency formula
- Otago points divided by 4 = UBC credits
- 90 – 100 A+
- 85 – 89 A
- 80 – 84 A-
- 75 – 79 B +
- 70 – 74 B
- 65 – 69 B -
- 60 – 64 C+
- 55 – 59 C
- 50 – 54 C-
- 40 – 49 Fail
- Below 40 Fail
Credit transfer process
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
- Medicine, Dentistry, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or any other clinical course are not open to exchange students
- Each 18 point paper will require approximately 18 hours study a week made up of a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments and reading
Full course load information
- International students are required to maintain a full time student status while at Otago
- Minimum Course Load= 54 Points per semester (3 papers/courses)
- Recommended Course Load= 54-72 Points per semester (3 or 4 papers/courses)
- Only in exceptional circumstances will an Otago Academic Advisor approve a programme of 5 papers a semester
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
- 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
- Some exceptions may apply
Scholarships + awards
The University of Otago offers a unique program for Indigenous student called Tūrangawaewae, Pōkai Whenua (A place to stand, a world to explore). Built on kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face) relationships established between mana whenua and Indigenous students from around the world, Indigenous students can apply to participate in a Term 1 Exchange at Otago where they will be welcomed at Māori student events, including kappa haka, the Māori student ball, student conferences, sports teams and social outings.
- Eligible students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award and the cost of housing at the University of Otago will be covered by the partner university.
- This program is open to Indigenous undergraduate students
- Minimum 70% cumulative average
- Students from all Faculties and disciplines are welcome to apply
To apply, access the Go Global Gateway. Under Search Experiences find "Turangawaewae, Pokai Whenua." Select Term 1 to begin an application.
You will be asked to upload a study plan and write a personal statement describing your motivations for going on exchange and your interest in this program (approx 300 words).
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
- Accommodation at the University of Otago is in high demand, particularly for the February intake
- Students coming to Otago in the July intake will have more options, making this possibly a better start option for students coming to Otago for one semester only
- See here for information on the application steps for accommodation at Otago