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Information for current students

Carrington College students

Information, links to frequently used applications and resources, and latest news items for current students at the University of Otago.

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Degree Planning Days - Thursday 21 to Wednesday 27 May

Course Advisers will be available to assist you with planning your course. This is an opportunity for you to meet with course advisers to discuss degree options, paper choices, and career options.

See the Degree Planning Days page for more information on the locations and times that the Advisers will be available.

Course Advice Service

If you are wishing to make changes to your course but are unsure about any aspect of your study we have dedicated Course Advisers who are there to help.

The University Course Advice Service is your first point of contact regarding course advice at Otago. They can provide in-depth advice on structuring your degree, points requirements, and assisting with enrolment matters. They can also get you in touch with expert staff from around the University who can help you with your unique course.

More information is available through the Course Advice website.

First semester exams

The first semester exam period will be held from 3–17 June 2015 (inclusive).

Because of the flexibility of courses of study at Otago, examination timetabling cannot begin until after the last day to delete papers for that teaching period. The anticipated date for the release of examination timetables for the first semester is mid-April.

Once the examination timetable has been finalised, you will be able to view the details in the Timetable section of your eVision portal.

The timetable will also be available on the Examination Periods and Timetabling page.

Graduation - Te Tari Whakapōtaetaka

When you become eligible to apply to graduate, an email inviting you to submit an application will be sent to your student email address during the week prior to applications opening. Once applications open you will then be able to see the “Your graduation application” link within your eVision portal.

While we endeavour to contact everyone who is eligible to apply to graduate, it is important that you are aware of the opening and closing dates to ensure you submit your application in time. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will need to submit an application even if you do not wish to attend a graduation ceremony.

For more information see the Graduation at Otago page.

August 2015 ceremony

Applications to graduate either in person or in absentia at the ceremony to be held on 15 August 2015 will open on Monday 15 June, and will close on Monday 29 June.

As there is a limit to the number of people who can graduate in person at each ceremony, the closing date may be brought forward if this limit is reached. Please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. There is no limit to the number of people who can graduate in absentia, but your application must be received by the closing date.

See the Graduation Ceremony Dates page for details.


The Guide to Enrolment tells you what you need to do to complete your degree and lists the papers that are available in 2015. You will need this information to plan your course and complete your application.

Note that some information may have changed since the Guide to Enrolment was produced. See the following links for more up-to-date information:

Subjects/papers at the University of Otago.

Programmes at the University of Otago.

Guidelines for Learning – Making the most of your time at Otago

This guide provides you with advice on some key issues such as settling in to university, your responsibilities as a learner at Otago, effective ways for you to approach study, succeeding in your courses, where to get advice and support and what to do if you have made the wrong choice of programme.

Guidelines for Learning – Making the most of your time at Otago (in PDF format)

Key dates

  • Friday 3 April
    Mid-semester one break begins
  • Tuesday 7 April
    Otago Anniversary Day observed (Dunedin)
  • Monday 13 April
    First semester resumes
  • Saturday 25 April
    ANZAC Day
  • Monday 27 April
    ANZAC Day Public Holiday
  • Friday 1 May
    Students may not withdraw from first semester papers after 5pm on this date
  • Friday 29 May
    First semester lectures end
  • Monday 8 June
    First semester exams start
  • Monday 15 June
    Applications to graduate open for the August Graduation ceremony
  • Monday 29 June
    Applications to graduate close for the August Graduation ceremony