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The University of Otago, New Zealand

Name of the University: The University of Otago, New Zealand.

Nature of the Collaboration: Dual Degree


General Guidelines;

Once all  documents are compiled they are to be submitted to the “Office of the Study Abroad JGBS (OSAJ)” through your programme director (documents to be mailed as a zip file to

The Otago Business School has an extensive subject range, expert teachers, modern facilities and excellent student services. The School holds accreditation from both the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Study Abroad students can take advantage of the range of opportunities available at the School, including the Visiting Executive Programme (VEP). The VEP is designed to bring leading national and international executives to the School to give lunchtime seminars to students. In the past, VEP speakers have included the Hon. Bill English, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Tim Gibson, former CEO New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Dual Degree Students:

Application Process: Go online to complete an application at The University operates an online application and enrolment system called eVision that allows you to apply online and supply relevant documentation as part of the process. All applications will be acknowledged and assessed for eligibility. You can expect an outcome within four weeks of submitting your application.

Academic & English Requirements:

Before applying to the University of Otago make sure you are eligible for entry and meet the English language requirements.

English language requirements: If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of English language proficiency in one of the following:

IELTS :6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)

Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 80 (minimum writing score of 20)

Academic eligibility: To be eligible for Study Abroad or Exchange you usually must:

• Be currently enrolled and have completed at least one semester of study at an accredited institution

• Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 minimum on a 4-point scale, or have a “credit”, “good”, or above average results.

Students who do not meet this criterion but wish to study abroad for one or two semesters are welcome to make an application and your individual eligibility will be confirmed.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • First Semester: 1 December
  • Second Semester: 30 April
  • Summer School: 31 October

You can start study at the beginning of the first semester (February to June), the second semester (July to November), Summer School (January to February) or International School (June to July). The study abroad coordinator of the JGBS nominates dual degree students through an online nomination system (details will be sent to all study abroad coordinators in due time).


Visa related information:

All study abroad and exchange students need to obtain a student visa prior to arrival in New Zealand as a condition of enrolment at Otago. Full details of visa requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website:


Required Documents with application:

You will be required to supply the following as part of the online application process:

• Copy of passport or birth certificate.

• Original or certified copies of academic transcripts of all previous tertiary level studies undertaken.

• Evidence of English language proficiency if required.

All documents must be certified/notarized by an authorized authority such as a principal, registrar, notary public, justice of the peace, or attorney. The University will also accept

documents certified/notarized by staff of Study Abroad and Exchange offices.

Code of Practice: The University of Otago has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the code are available on request from this institution or from the Ministry of Education website:


Housing/Residence and Food Info:

The majority of study abroad and exchange students stay in rented accommodation which they share with other students. In New Zealand we call this “flatting”. The University Flats are houses or apartments with three to six students that are totally integrated into the local students’neighbourhoods and all within 10 minutes’ walking distance of campus. This provides a unique opportunity to live the local student lifestyle, and most have a New Zealand “Kiwi Host” student. The University Flats are fully furnished with shared common spaces. Each student has their own room with desk, chair, drawers, double bed and linen provided. Internet and electricity are included in the rent, however food and cooking are the responsibility of the students in the flat.

Applying for a flat: The Student Accommodation Centre manages the applications for University Flats. You should submit your application by mid-November of the preceding year for a February start, or by the end of May for a July start.

Alternative accommodation: University Flats provide the best living experience for study abroad and exchange students, however in some cases students may wish to live with a local family (homestay) or in a fully catered residential college. Rooms in residential colleges are only provided in the rare event of a place being available for a single semester student. If you would like further information about homestays and residential colleges, please contact the Student Accommodation Centre.

Temporary accommodation: If you plan to arrive before your permanent accommodation is available, it is important that you organize temporary accommodation in advance for when you first arrive in Dunedin. The Student Accommodation Centre provides a list of options including backpackers, “bed and breakfasts” and motels that are close to the


Health Insurance and Health Related information:

International students must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Enrolment at Otago is conditional on showing evidence of comprehensive insurance. Current instructions and advice on how to obtain adequate cover are located on the Otago website:

Accident insurance: The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website:

Eligibility for health services: International students are not normally entitled to publicly-funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on its website:


Estimated Cost of Attendance:

International Students studying at Otago pay international tuition fees. The figures listed in the fees schedule below are a guide and represents the tuition fee for a normal full-time course comprised entirely of papers from the specified subject area. Download Many students will, however, enroll for papers from a range of subject areas. Your actual tuition fee is calculated on the basis of fees for each paper that you include in your course. Please refer to the excel file below for the International Tuition fee per paper offered in 2018.The tuition fees do not include the student services and administration fees. Information on these fees is available in the section above.

Payment of International Tuition Fees: The University of Otago uses the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal for you to pay your tuition, accommodation and insurance fees. Students registering for study at the start of the academic year are required to pay all fees enrolled for by 10 February 2018. Students registering for second semester study only, must pay fees by 10 July 2018. Summer School fees are payable by 12 January 2018.A late payment fee will be charged if accounts are not paid by the due date. If a student increases his or her programme of study during the year by adding one or more papers, the additional tuition fee for those papers is payable 20 days from when the change of course is registered.

Refund Policy for International Students: If the University withdraws an offer of a place or is unable to provide the course, all tuition fees paid are fully refundable. If, however, an offer is withdrawn on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information supplied by the student, the University reserves the right to retain up to 10% of the course fee. A student who has received a conditional offer of a place but fails to meet the conditions of the offer will have the course deposit and any tuition fees refunded in full. A student who has not been required to secure his/her place with a deposit, must provide written notice of withdrawal from courses by 5:00pm (NZ time) on:

  1. 15 January 2018 for Summer School papers

  2. 16 March 2018 for First Semester papers

  3. 23 March 2018 for Full Year papers

  4. 27 July 2018 for Second Semester papers

If a student deletes in full and has completed the Course Approval process, tuition fees paid will be refunded in full, less a Tuition Refund fee of $100.00.

Change of Status: International students who are granted New Zealand residency while enrolled may be eligible to pay domestic fees for the current and subsequent years (see below). Proof of change of residential status can be demonstrated only by presenting an original passport with residence visa stamp. To be considered for a refund of fees to the equivalent domestic fee level, the date of award of the residence visa (as printed on the visa) must be prior to:

  1. 15 January 2018 for Summer School papers

  2. 16 March 2018 for First Semester papers

  3. 23 March 2018 for Full Year papers

  4. 27 July 2018 for Second Semester papers

Award of the residence visa after these dates will mean ongoing charging at the international tuition rate for the duration of the paper(s). International students with pending New Zealand residency are advised to seek advice from the University about their situation prior to enrolment. For more information, please visit: and


For Airport pick up services:

Make sure you book your flights to arrive in time for the International Student Enrolment and Orientation Seminars.   All new international students must attend one of these seminars - please register for a seminar as soon as possible. Check the key dates for international students before you book your travel. Flights: Most international flights to New Zealand arrive in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. From these cities a domestic flight is required to travel to Dunedin. It is important to book domestic flights at the same time as you make your international bookings. If your flight stops in Australia on the way to New Zealand you will need a Transit Visa - even if you do not leave the airport in Australia.

Bus: You could also take a bus from Christchurch to Dunedin which is a 6½ hour journey. Dunedin Airport: Booking an Airport Transfer: Dunedin Airport is located 30 minutes’ drive from the center of the city. If you are a new international student, you can arrange a subsidized airport transfer with Kiwi shuttles and be taken to your accommodation. To arrange a taxi from Dunedin airport email Kiwi Shuttles at no later than 7 days before you arrive. The taxi costs NZ$15.00 if you pay by cash (if you prefer to pay by eftpos or credit card there will be a NZ$2.00 surcharge).  Please note that this price is only available upon your arrival in Dunedin before the semester begins.  During the semester period you will be charged the non-subsidized fee of NZ$20.00. Please include the following information in the body of the email - Attention: International Student Code: INTD2018 along with your name, arrival date and time, flight number and if you have extra luggage or large items. You will receive a confirmation email outlining arrangements at the airport and who to contact if there are any last minute changes to your flight details. If you do not advise them that you will not be at Dunedin Airport at the booked time, you are liable for a NZ$50.00 penalty (the Free phone number for calls within New Zealand is 0800 365 494).


Student Support Services:

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