Overview

University of Otago

City: Dunedin
Language of instruction: English
  • 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

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Health SciencesLand and Food SystemsLawManagement (UBCO)Science

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

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

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Late February to Late June
  • Semester 2: Early July to Early November

Timing

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
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Otago points divided by 4 = UBC credits

Passing grade

C-

Grading scheme

  • 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

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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

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

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: Pacific Societies
Partner course code: PACI 101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-28
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Anthropology of Money
Partner course code: ANTH 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Anthropology of Money
Partner course code: ANTH 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ANTH 4th
Title: Cultural Politics
Partner course code: Anth 312
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ARCL 3rd
Title: Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton
Partner course code: BIOA 301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ARCL 410
Title: New Zealand Archaeology
Partner course code: ARCH 304
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-12
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Writing for the Media
Partner course code: MFCO 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Writing for the Media
Partner course code: MFCO 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: An Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism
Partner course code: RELS 102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: CLST 204
Title: Classical Art and Archaeology: Of Heroes, Gods and Men
Partner course code: CLAS 108
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-15
UBC course: CRWR 2nd
Title: Creating Writing: Reading for Writers
Partner course code: ENGL 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: ENGL 224
Title: New Zealand Literature: Connecting Worlds
Partner course code: ENGL 242
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-11
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Irish/Scots Gothic and the Gothic Genre
Partner course code: ENGL 241
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-11
UBC course: ENGL 478
Title: Postcolonial Literatures
Partner course code: ENGL 332
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-11
UBC course: Econ 371
Title: Environmental Economics
Partner course code: ECON 207
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-22
UBC course: FIST 338A
Title: New Zealand Cinema
Partner course code: MFCO 216
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-26
UBC course: FNIS 4th
Title: Māori and Indigenous Development Ethics and Governance
Partner course code: INDV 301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-09-22
UBC course: FRST 318
Title: Environmental Economics
Partner course code: ECON 207
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: GEOB 2nd
Title: Climate change: Present and Future
Partner course code: GEOG 282
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-08
UBC course: GEOG 3RD
Title: Resource Evaluation and Planning
Partner course code: GEOG 216
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-04
UBC course: GEOG 3RD
Title: Economic Geography of The Post World War Two Era
Partner course code: GEOG 374
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-04
UBC course: GEOG 496
Title: Transformations in Developing Countries
Partner course code: GEOG 382
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-15
UBC course: GRSJ 2ND
Title: Gender, Work and Consumer Culture
Partner course code: GEND 206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-11-09
UBC course: GRSJ 2nd
Title: Masculinities
Partner course code: GEND 207
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-05
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: Masculinities
Partner course code: GEND 307
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-26
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Environmental History of New Zealand
Partner course code: ENVI 211
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Scottish History Since 1688
Partner course code: HIST 228
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-02
UBC course: PSYC 331
Title: Psychology in Legal Contexts
Partner course code: PSYC 325
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-09-24
UBC course: Psyc 3rd
Title: Developmental Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 318
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-09-17
UBC course: SOCI 320
Title: Family Demography
Partner course code: SOCI 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-16
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Public Sociology
Partner course code: SOCI 306
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-16
UBC course: SOCI 464
Title: Social Movements and Popular Protest
Partner course code: SOCI 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: SOCI 4th
Title: COMMUNICATING THE SELF
Partner course code: MFCO 412
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-16
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Services Marketing
Partner course code: MART 325
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
Education
UBC course: ECED 4th
Title: The Institutions of Childhood
Partner course code: EDUC 211
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-25
UBC course: ECED 4th
Title: Contemporary Understandings of Young Children as Learners
Partner course code: EDUC 311
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-25
UBC course: EDST 4th
Title: Disability Studies: An Introduction
Partner course code: EDUC 105
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-09-18
UBC course: LLED 4th 4th
Title: Future Focused Literacies
Partner course code: EDUC 308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-25
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: How People Learn
Partner course code: EDUC 252
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-30
Forestry
UBC course: CONS 340
Title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Partner course code: SURV 208
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 399
Title: Ecology Field Course
Partner course code: ECOL 313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 3rd
Title: Research Skills
Partner course code: BTNY 365
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
Interdisciplinary Studies
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: Gender, Crime and Justice
Partner course code: GEND 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-29
Kinesiology
UBC course: KIN 310
Title: Functional Anatomy
Partner course code: ANAT 331
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-08-04
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Active Living and the Environment
Partner course code: SPEX 309
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-08-04
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Adventure Education
Partner course code: PHSE 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-22
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Adventure Education
Partner course code: PHSE 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-22
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Advanced Sport Psychology
Partner course code: PHSE 334
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-29
UBC course: KIN 483A
Title: Exercise for Clinical Populations
Partner course code: SPEX 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-10-30
Science
UBC course: BIOC 3rd
Title: Biochemistry
Partner course code: BIOC 230
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-23
UBC course: BIOL 1st
Title: Animal Biology
Partner course code: BIOL 112
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-08
UBC course: BIOL 335
Title: Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
Partner course code: BIOC 352
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-22
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Global Marine Systems
Partner course code: MARI 112
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 386
Title: Freshwater Ecology
Partner course code: ZOOL 318
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 3rd
Title: Plant and Fungal Diversity
Partner course code: BTNY 202
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: MICB 325
Title: Molecular microbiology
Partner course code: MICR 335
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-31

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 1st
Title: Maori Society
Partner course code: MAOR 102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-21
UBC course: ANTH 312
Title: Anthropology of Religion and the Supernatural
Partner course code: ANTH 328
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-24
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Translating Culture
Partner course code: ANTH 210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-24
UBC course: ANTH 403
Title: Contemporary Pacific Cultures
Partner course code: ANTH 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-24
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism
Partner course code: RELS 102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-06
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Introduction to Conversational Maori
Partner course code: MAOR 110
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-04
UBC course: BIOL 341
Title: Neurobiology
Partner course code: ANAT 242
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-26
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Neurophysiology
Partner course code: PHSL 231
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-20
UBC course: EESC 303
Title: Physical Oceanography
Partner course code: OCEN 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-31
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond
Partner course code: GEOL 265
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-31
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Resource Evaluation and Planning
Partner course code: GEOG 216
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-01
UBC course: MUSC 110
Title: Music Technology 1
Partner course code: MUSI 132
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-23
UBC course: PSYO 270
Title: Principles of Psychological Research
Partner course code: PSYC 210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-08
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Abnormal Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 203
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-04
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Brain and Cognition
Partner course code: PSYC 211
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-04
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Sport Psychology
Partner course code: SPEX 304
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-11-04
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Social Psychology
Partner course code: PSYC 315
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychology of Language
Partner course code: PSYC 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-21
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: INDG 295
Title: Maori Society
Partner course code: MAOR 102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-01
Health and Social Development
UBC course: HMKN 310
Title: Exercise Energetics and Physiology
Partner course code: SPEX 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: HMKN 321
Title: Advanced Sport Psychology
Partner course code: PHSE 334
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-26
UBC course: HMKN 322
Title: Active Living and Environment
Partner course code: SPEX 309
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-19
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Applied Theory and Practice 2A
Partner course code: PHSE 231
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-30
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Athletic Conditioning and Rehabilitation
Partner course code: SPEX 305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Exercise for Clinical Populations
Partner course code: SPEX 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-10
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Adventure Education
Partner course code: PHSE 327
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-12
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Teaching and Learning in the Outdoors
Partner course code: PHSE 328
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-21
UBC course: HMKN 3rd
Title: Applied Sport Psychology
Partner course code: PHSE 335
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-21
UBC course: HMKN 423
Title: Sport & Exercise Nutrition
Partner course code: HUNT 245
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-19
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 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.

Funding:

  • 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • 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

Information on accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO