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Changing your course

Change of course is now in eVision!

Once you have completed the course enrolment declaration for the year, if you wish to make changes to what you are studying you will need to complete the change of course process.

You can now do this yourself in eVision under My programme and papers (deadlines apply).

This includes:

  • Adding a programme (i.e. add, drop, or change qualifications, whether or not any papers are being changed)
  • Adding or deleting papers
  • Changing your specialisation/s (major, minor, endorsement)
  • Withdrawing from a paper/s or applying for Exceptional Withdrawal

When you submit changes in eVision, they will be applied straight away and will show in your timetable.

It is important to note that changes are not final until they have been reviewed and approved by University staff. If the changes are declined (e.g. timetable clash not approved), your course of study will revert back to what it was before you submitted the change request.

You will receive portal alerts in eVision confirming when your request has been processed which will include notes from staff if necessary – please be sure to check them regularly.

Making changes for 2021

The deadline for adding papers to your course for semester 2 has now passed.

You can still delete papers (until 5pm Friday 30 July 2021) and make changes to your specialisation using your eVision access.

Log into eVision

Late paper addition process

In exceptional circumstances you may still be able to add a paper. This will be subject to the Late Paper Addition process.

You must seek approval from the department concerned, who will then complete an online form which will be emailed to your student email account. This must then be emailed to enrolment@otago.ac.nz. Late paper additions will only be approved in exceptional circumstances and are not guaranteed.

Would you like to talk to an expert before you make your changes?

If you would like to discuss your changes first, advisers from Student Development are available in person and by phone or Zoom. They are also available for drop-in appointments Monday and Friday afternoons from 1-4pm in the AskOtago Central Hub.

We may also contact you to discuss your changes before they are processed.

Haven't completed the 2021 declaration yet?

If you haven't completed the course enrolment declaration and wish to add, drop, or change papers for 2021, you can make changes to your course yourself through your eVision portal in most instances.

See the Changing my papers FAQ for more information.

If you're unable to access the course enrolment declaration in your eVision portal it may not yet be available or you may still need to fulfill some conditions (e.g. gaining University Entrance). Check your eVision alerts for any outstanding conditions, or contact AskOtago for assistance.

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Adding and deleting papers

If you wish to add, drop, or change papers and have completed the course enrolment declaration, you can do this yourself through eVision (deadlines apply). See above.

Paper selections that include timetable clashes may not be accepted. You can view timetable information for papers using the Web timetable viewer available on the Study Timetables page.

Making changes to your papers has implications for your fees, StudyLink loans and allowances, and academic record. It may also affect the immigration status of international students. See the webpage for more information.

Changing your programme

If you wish to change your programme (i.e. add, drop, or change qualifications, whether or not any papers are being changed) you will first need to apply via eVision for each new programme.

Once you have received and accepted an offer to the new programme(s), you can then drop any unwanted programmes.

If you wish to make any related changes to your papers you can also do this yourself through eVision. See above.

Withdrawing from a paper(s)

If you wish to withdraw from a paper or papers and have completed the course enrolment declaration, you can withdraw via your eVision portal.

See the Adding, deleting and withdrawing from papers page for more information.

Changing your major or minor subject(s)

If you wish to make a change to your major or minor subject(s), you can do this yourself through eVision. See above.

Important dates

There are strict deadlines for completing changes to your course.

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It's your course

Through eVision you can check the papers you are enrolled for and whether or not any requested changes have been processed. It is your responsibility, and in your own best interests, to ensure that your course of study is in accordance with the relevant regulations in the University Calendar and that your enrolment correctly records the papers you are taking.

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Want to talk through your changes before you make them?

Make an appointment to talk to one of the Student Development Student Advisers.