Information from University of Otago
Restrictions: Exchange students from Umeå may only be accepted to Dunedin campus. Students will have to complete a bachelor's degree before enrolling into Graduate papers.
Closed programmes are courses in:
College of Education
Pharmacy or any other clinical courses
Programmes/courses with limited access: Some courses such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science Communication and Wildlife Management and Marine Science are restricted in admissions - see the notes in the course catalogue.
Full time studies (corresponding to 30 hp)
Undergraduate studies: 60 credits
Postgraduate studies: 60 credits
100: 1st year courses (often first year papers; most have no pre-requisites).
200: 2nd year courses (you must meet prerequisites to take these courses at Otago.)
300: 3rd year courses (you must meet prerequisites to take these courses at Otago.)
400: 4th year courses (Honours/Graduate level papers.)
Courses are called 'papers' at University of Otago. Most papers are 18 points respectively.
Incoming exchange students need an undergraduate diploma in order to apply for graduate courses.
Term 2: July–November
Term 1: Feb–June
Exchange student fees
Please note that students will need to pay for mandatory health insurance (Studentsafe-University). For more information, please see website
Students are encouraged to apply for Uniflats. All the University Flats are located within an easy walk of the University campus and main shopping centre. Students share the cleaning and cooking duties and usually shop together for the food. Rent fees include electricity, internet, bed linen, kitchen equipment, UniFlats community events and the services of the University Flats. Flatting expenses are shared with the other students in the flat and are not included in the rent.
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Cost of Living
Recommended budget for students is a minimum of NZ$22,000 23,000 per year / NZ$11,000 11,500 per semester (2022 costs). Please see Otago Living Costs for detailed information:Living Costs
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Information for exchange students coming to Otago
Explore Otago courses
University of Otago campus tour (video)
Study abroad at the University of Otago (video)
University of Otago - Dunedin - Flyover (video)
Study Abroad and Exchange Guide (PDF)
Otago Clubs and Societies
Disability Information And Support