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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.

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For semester 2 making changes to your course will be entirely online using a web based form

No standing in queues or getting forms signed by departments. You will still be able to talk to a course adviser by telephone or Zoom before you make your changes.

Request a change of course

There are strict deadlines for making changes to your course. The last day you can add a paper for semester 2 is by 5pm on Friday 10 July.

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Get the best out of your studies

Check out Student Learning development for workshops, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), peer learning & support programmes, and digital resources to help you make the most of your time at Otago.

Student Learning Development

Are you on the right track?

Student obtaining course advice from University staff

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 Student Advisers can provide:

  • Course advice and planning based on your academic goals and aspirations; and
  • Connection with our wider support services e.g. Student Exchange, scholarships, Student Health, Student Learning Development, Careers Development Centre, Disability Information and Support, support for Pacific Island and Māori students.

By providing course advice and connecting you to services around the University, we will ensure you’re well-equipped for success during and after your time at Otago.

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

Student Development website

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

  • Friday 29 May
    Lectures cease before mid-year examinations
  • Monday 1 June
    Queen’s Birthday
  • Wednesday 3 June
    First semester examinations begin
  • Monday 15 June
    Applications due from students taking only second semester papers for a programme subject to the Entry Pathway system in 2020
  • Wednesday 17 June
    First semester examinations end
  • Thursday 25 June
    Due date for submission of papers for course approval by students taking only second semester papers
  • Monday 29 June
    Latest arrival date for new international students studying in second semester
    Enrolment/Orientation activities for new international students (until Friday 3 July)
  • Wednesday 1 July
    Applications open for most entrance scholarships
  • Monday 6 July
    Second semester begins
    Due date for completion of course enrolment declaration by students taking only second semester papers (late fee may apply)
  • Wednesday 8 July
    Fees due for second semester only enrolments
  • Friday 10 July
    Last day to add second semester papers (5pm deadline)
  • Friday 24 July
    Last day to delete second semester papers with refund of fees (5pm deadline)

Full list of academic key dates

See the list of 2020 Study dates