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Otago Global Student Exchange
Plan to Go on Exchange

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Planning is key to a successful exchange:


Course Advice

The Student Development team will help you to plan your Otago degree and identify paper/points you may leave to take on exchange. They may also be able to point out best semester/year for you to go on exchange.

How to arrange a time to meet with the Student Development team:

Department specific information

  • Law students
  • Psychology students
  • Check your department's website for specific exchange information or recommended destinations for your major.
  • When choosing your exchange destinations, select institutions where you can take the courses you need. Read the information on the institution's fact sheets and follow the links to ensure they will fit to your degree.


  • It is not guaranteed that you will get into courses you wish to take while on Exchange. Flexibility is essential!
  • If possible, take all your core papers at Otago and leave electives to be taken on Exchange.
  • You may have papers not offered at Otago credited back to your Otago degree.
  • Your dissertation and/or thesis cannot be taken as part of your Exchange.

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Which is the best semester for you to go on exchange?

  • Best semester to go on exchange varies according to your major(s).
  • The earliest you will be able to go on exchange is in your third semester at Otago.
  • Attend an Otago Global Information session, talk to an Exchange Adviser and meet with the Student Development team. You will then have the required information to identify which semester would best suit you to go on exchange.
  • Finances

    What you will pay to go on exchange:

    • You pay standard course fees to the University of Otago (as if you were in Dunedin!)
    • Travel tickets and Insurance(s)
    • Living costs (accommodation, food, etc)
    • See the information under 'cost of living' on the fact sheets of the individual Otago exchange partners

    Financial assistance available to you on exchange

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