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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

University of Otago

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new Global Opportunities web platform.

University Website:

Term dates: July to November then February to June

General Contact:

Number of places available for 2020/21: 1 full year place

Academic Information

Entry to any course is based on relevant academic background. Information on courses ('papers') available can be found on the Otago website:

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater (USA), or have "credit", "good", or above average results in order to gain admission to the University of Otago.

Application deadline for partner registration

This information refers to when successful Overseas Exchange applicants must submit further materials to Otago.

2nd Semester : 30 April (July start)


The following courses are not open to exchange students: Medicine, Dentistry, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or any other clinical course.

Some Otago courses such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), Wildlife Management and Marine Science are restricted in admissions.

Language Requirements

The language of instruction at Otago is English. If you are a non native English speaker, you may be required to provide evidence of language ability.


Otago offers university-managed accommodation for exchange students, off-campus but very close to the university.

Supporting Documents Required

  1. Original or certified copies of all previous tertiary level studies undertaken (a full academic transcript showing all subjects attempted, including failures, marks, or grades). The International Office will also accept documents that have been certified/notarised by staff of the Study Abroad office at your home institution.
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable).
  3. A key/guide to the grading system must also be included.
  4. Documents not in English must be accompanied by official English language translations.
  5. You are required to provide proof of your identity; this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of your passport or a birth certificate (in English). A scanned document may be uploaded in the first instance, but a 'hard copy' original or certified version of that document will be required in order to complete your enrolment. Information on certified/notarised documents.

Student Support

A range of support is available at Otago including Career development, Counselling, Disability Inofrmation & Support and Student Health. More information can be accessed on their Student Services webpage.

Summer Opportunities

Otago offers a number of fee paying Summer Opportunities. Please see the website for more information:

NB - the International Office would only be able to offer advice on summer programmes, students are responsible for paying for the programme.

Other Information

Estimated living costs at Otago would be $NZ15,000-17,000 (£11,200-12,700) per academic year.

All exchange students must apply for a student visa prior to their arrival in New Zealand.

It is a New Zealand government requirement that all international students must be covered by current medical and travel insurance. Exchange students will sign up for 'StudentSafe' as part of Otago's registration process. This is compulsory, and costs approximately $NZ589.

Exchange Fact Sheet.

Study Abroad and Exchange Guide.