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Summer School provides an intensive and intimate learning experience, supported by New Zealand’s oldest and leading university.

Monday 9 January to Friday 17 February 2017, Exams 18-23 February 2017

Interested in getting ahead? Try Summer School and speed up your degree.

This year we have 57 Summer School papers to choose from so there is something for everyone!

Enrolment and paper selection for Summer School 2017 will open on 5 September. 

PXSS 2016

Pre-Xmas SUMMER SCHOOL 2016 

Monday 14 November to Friday 16 December 2016

Exams 17 December 2016

Need one more paper to finish? Want to speed up your degree? Come to Pre-Christmas Summer School!

If you are currently enrolled at Otago you will need to complete a Change of Course form to add a paper. Change of Course forms are available from the University Information Centre. All other students enrol by contacting 

2017 Papers

available August 2016



In just six weeks you can complete a full paper and get a head start for the next academic year


Each Summer School paper worth 18 points counts as full time study for StudyLink


With this many papers offered at 2017 Summer School there's lots of choice


Twelve weeks from the end of Semester Two to the start of Summer School gives you time to relax

Key Dates

31st October 2016

Applications close for new international students.

Enrolments open on 5 September 2016

Summer School paper selection is open.

9 January 2017

Summer School 2017 begins.

Who is it for?

Students take Summer School papers for many reasons:

  • to complete papers towards their qualifications
  • to accelerate their degrees
  • to orientate themselves before the start of first semester
  • for interest
  • the opportunity to study elsewhere via distance learning


Many papers are unique to Summer School, others are core components of degree programmes.

All papers have full academic credit - most are the same point value as semester papers.

One 18 point paper counts as full time study. Papers are taught over six weeks instead of the usual thirteen weeks of a semester.


Accommodation is provided by University College.