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Student exchange

Otago students

The Otago Global Student Exchange Programme allows students to spend one or two semesters at one of the 90+ 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 & allowances.

The Politics Programme encourages students to make use of the University’s international exchange agreements. The opportunity to get to know another university, and another culture, is an invaluable educational experience.

All exchanges require that students:

  • be currently enrolled in a degree programme at the University of Otago
  • have achieved a "B" average academic grade (overall)
  • have successfully completed at least one semester of full-time study at the time of application

Politics Programme exchange policy

  • Students can receive credit for a maximum of three Politics papers
  • A maximum of two of these papers can be at the 300 level

Note: Admission to postgraduate study in POLS and to POLS390 is dependent on the grades students get in their POLS papers.

If an exchange partner university does not provide final grades for POLS papers, this may hinder admission to further study in Politics at Otago.

Further information

Visit the Otago Global Student Exchange website

If you have any further questions, contact the Politics exchange adviser:

Associate Professor Nicholas Khoo

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Student testimonials

BA(Politics) student, University of California, Berkeley, S1, 2016

"Go on exchange. The opportunity to go travel, attend amazing classes, make lifelong friends, and make a home in a place so different to New Zealand, is honestly too good to pass up. If it’s possible for you, make it a priority. Wherever you go you’ll have a great time, but I have a strong bias toward California and Berkeley in particular. It’s a magical place."

BA(Politics, French) student, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, S1, 2016

"My exchange was the best six months of my life. I would highly recommend going on an exchange anywhere, but particularly Paris if you’re wanting a French experience!"

BA(Politics) student, University of California, Santa Barbara, S1, 2016

"I cannot overstate the incredible opportunities that await if you choose to study in the beautiful town of Isla Vista, a student-dominated beach town (think North Dunedin on steroids) just a short drive up the coast from LA. UCSB and Isla Vista itself is the perfect setting in which to complete an exchange, as there is a mix of perfect weather, proximity to endless adventure activities, a beachy relaxed vibe and a reputation as one of the best party towns in the US!"

BA(Politics, French) student, Jean Moulin – Lyon III, S1, 2016

"My semester aboard was more amazing than I could ever have imagined and I will treasure the memories and friends that I made in Lyon for a lifetime. I could not recommend Lyon more as an exchange destination. Lyon itself is in a perfect location in Europe, making it easy and cheap to be in so many amazing cities within a matter of hours: London, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Geneva and Paris (to name a few). The city itself is very beautiful, has an incredibly interesting history and there is always something to do and see!"

Information for exhange students coming to Otago

The University of Otago has exchange agreements with over 100 institutions worldwide. Students pay standard tuition fees to the home university and receive credits towards their qualification.

Exchange students coming to the University of Otago are nominated by their home university.

If your home university is not on the University of Otago exchange partner list, you may wish to:
Apply to come to Otago as an international student

Why Otago?

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869. It has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Teaching at Otago is closely related to scholarly research, with the result that most teaching is undertaken by academics at the forefront of relevant knowledge.

As a student at New Zealand's oldest university you will become part of a unique educational experience. Otago's attractive campus is a mixture of historic and modern buildings located in the centre of Dunedin. The campus is a short walk from the city's central shopping and services.

Otago students rate its campus lifestyle as one of its strongest attractions. The students live as a community immediately around the campus area in student Colleges of Residence or self-catering flats.

Exchange requirements:

  • 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 be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English. See English requirements for international students.
  • 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. Exchange duration: minimum Summer School or the Otago International School; maximum two semesters + Summer School or International School.

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