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Information for current students

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

Wanting to make changes to what you are studying in 2021?

Student obtaining course advice from University staff

The last day to add a semester 1 or full-year paper/s has now passed. If you wish to make any of the following changes to your course of study you will need to complete the online change of course form.

  • Delete a semester 1 or full-year paper/s.
  • Make changes to your semester 2 papers.
  • Change your specialisation.

After 5pm on Friday 5 March you may, in exceptional circumstances, still be able to add a paper. This will be subject to the Late Paper Addition process.

See the Changing your course page for more information and to access the form.

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Are you on the right track?

Our Student Advisers in Student Development offer a friendly ear to listen and provide guidance on what matters to you.

Through one-on-one collaborative discussions we can provide course advice and planning based on your academic goals and aspirations, and connect you with our wider support services.

Course advice is available throughout the year, and at any time during your studies.

Student Development website

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Get the best out of your assignments and exams

HEDC Student Learning Development provides free academic development to students studying at the University of Otago. Whether you are working hard to get a pass mark or seeking to gain a top result, all students can benefit from their services.

See the Student Learning Development website for more information.

Thinking of changing your qualification or subject, adding a minor?

The Guide to Enrolment shows you the qualifications, subjects and papers on offer at Otago in one easy to use resource.

Some information may have changed since the Guide to Enrolment was produced. See the following links for the latest information:

Making the most of your time at Otago

Key dates

  • Monday 1 March
    Formal lectures begin
  • Friday 5 March
    Last day to add semester 1 or full-year papers (5pm deadline)
  • Friday 19 March
    Last day to delete semester 1 papers with refund of fees (5pm deadline)
  • Friday 26 March
    Last day to delete full-year papers with refund of fees (5pm deadline)
  • Thursday 1 April
    Applications for second semester residential college accommodation open
  • Friday 2 April
    Good Friday – Mid-semester break begins
  • Monday 5 April
    Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6 April
    Otago Anniversary Day observed (Dunedin)
  • Monday 12 April
    First semester resumes
  • Sunday 25 April
    ANZAC Day
  • Monday 26 April
    ANZAC Day (observed)
  • Friday 7 May
    Last day to withdraw from semester 1 papers (5pm deadline)
  • Saturday 8 May
    Graduation ceremonies
  • Saturday 15 May
    Graduation ceremonies

Full list of academic key dates