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Otago Global Student Exchange
Information for Otago students

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The Otago Global Student Exchange Programme

The Otago Global Student Exchange Programme allows students to spend one or two semesters at one of the 100+ exchange partners worldwide as part of their Otago degree.

Students pay standard tuition fees to Otago and receive credits towards their Otago qualification.

Scholarships are available and students continue to receive StudyLink loans and allowances.

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Students with disabilities going on exchange

We have exchange agreements with many institutions around the world that offer an equivalent level of support that is available to you as a student here at the University of Otago.

To find out more about this option please contact an Exchange Adviser.

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COVID-19 Notice to Otago students

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on international education.

Reluctantly, and based on the best advice and information available on 12 August 2020, a decision has been made to cancel outbound exchanges in Otago's S1 2021.

This decision has not been made lightly, and has been taken with the following factors in mind:

  • Students' safety is our priority. While New Zealand is currently managing the pandemic well within our borders, the situation overseas continues to evolve and there is no indication at this time that the situation will improve to allow for travel during S1 2021.
  • The Government-issued “Do Not Travel overseas at this time” notice continues in place for all New Zealanders.
  • The University currently has a ban in place for all international travel.
  • Quarantine costs – students may need to pay when entering the host country and/or upon returning to NZ.
  • Insurance – there is a general exclusion in insurance policies for pandemics and epidemics. We are not confident students would have the appropriate level of cover on exchange.
  • Many of our exchange partners remain closed and only delivering programmes online, and it is not clear when they may reopen.

As for S2 2021 exchange, we will progress with applications, but we have changed the application deadline. This will allow us time to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We hope to have a clearer position on S2 2021 exchange by the end of 2020.

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