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Welcome to the Otago Summer School 2021

Summer School is like no other time at Otago. Dunedin summer weather is at its best, the campus is quiet and it’s a chance to focus on one subject. Students tell us they love the smaller classes and the engagement with learning, lecturers, and other students.

Summer School offers you a wide range of papers and allows you to complete your degree early, make good use of time, or pursue a special interest. All papers are taught to the high standard expected of an Otago degree. Several papers are only available in Summer School, some of which are taught by international experts. Summer School Law papers are offered in Wellington and Auckland for people who work from there, and again these offer the benefits of international expertise, focused study and smaller class size. If you are a distance student, class size will impact on your interactions within the class and with the lecturer, and you can expect great support from the Student Learning Centre and the Library.

We provide a welcome event at noon on the first Wednesday on the Union lawn – with free food, performances and a chance to meet other students. And we keep this going all through Summer School every Wednesday lunchtime for students and staff. Throughout the summer semester the full range of student services are available, including coffee and cake in the Link, recreation services such as fitness and gym classes at Unipol in the Plaza, plus Student Health, Māori Centre, Pacific Islands Centre, etc. It’s all going on, but without the queues.

It’s important to remember that one Summer School paper is equivalent to full-time study, so you need to carefully consider your workload if you intend working part-time over the summer or are considering taking two papers. Advisers are available if you are in doubt.

Summer School classes begin on Day One, so make sure you enroll early and are ready to start on Monday 11 January.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the AskOtago, your one-stop-shop for all information about studying at Otago: or email or 0800 80 80 98.

I look forward to welcoming you to Summer School 2021.