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Information for exchange students nominated by one of the University of Otago Exchange partners. If your home university is not on this list, please see the International Office page.

The University and surroundings

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869. Otago's attractive campus is a mixture of historic and modern buildings located in the centre of Dunedin.

Otago students rate its campus lifestyle as one of its strongest attractions.  The students live as a community immediately around the campus area, and have a wide range of Clubs and Societies to choose from. Within an hour's drive of the campus, students can explore some of the region's most spectacular scenic and outdoor attractions. The extreme seasons of the greater Otago province lend themselves towards snow sports in winter, water-sports in summer, and a variety of sightseeing tours and wildlife reserves.

Exchange requirements

  • Exchange students are nominated by one of the University of Otago Exchange partners
  • Exchange students will study at the Dunedin campus.
  • Level of Exchange: Undergraduate / Graduate course work only.
  • Normally students are required to have a minimum “B” average grade (70%).
  • Students must meet the English requirements for international students. We will accept the Otago English Language Proficiency Statement form, when completed by the Exchange/Study Abroad office at the home institution.
  • Exchange duration: minimum Summer School; maximum two semesters + Summer School.
  • Restricted programmes: Medicine, Dentistry, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy or any other clinical course are not open to exchange students. Some Otago courses such as MBA, Wildlife Management and Master of Science Communication are restricted in admissions

Academic information

Academic information for exchange students coming to Otago


The University of Otago is renowned for its residential campus environment and you are encouraged to apply for Uniflats. All the University Flats are located within an easy walk of the University campus and main shopping centre. Students share the cleaning and cooking duties and usually shop together for the food. Rent fees include electricity, internet, bed linen, kitchen equipment, UniFlats community events and the services of the University Flats.  Flatting expenses are shared with the other students in the flat and are not included in the rent.

Cost of living

Visa and insurance

Visa and insurance information for exchange students coming to Otago

Arrival and orientation, including key academic dates

Disability Information and Support

Disability Information and Support provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments.

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