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COVID-19 information for future students

Friday 18 September 2020 3:55pm

There are some important updates you need to be aware of regarding study options at UOLCFY and at The University of Otago for the remainder of 2020 and for 2021.

New Zealand’s Current COVID-19 status
The current COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is generally favourable with a small number of cases in Auckland but no confirmed cases in the South Island for well over 100 days. However, New Zealand borders are currently closed except to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

If you are currently studying in New Zealand then we strongly advise you to remain here if you wish to continue your studies for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. If you return home it is likely that you will not be able to return to study in New Zealand until the borders reopen. This is not likely as we approach the end of this year and are unlikely to reopen as we go into 2021.

UOLCFY Students Currently in Dunedin
If you are currently in Foundation Year and you complete your studies with us in October (February intake) or in February 2021 (June intake) then your programmes at the University will continue Face to Face as usual here in Otago. Your offers for undergraduate study will be treated as normal and you can progress to the University of Otago once you meet the academic requirements. If you are currently studying at our Language Centre and you have a plan to study at Foundation Year then you can progress to Foundation Year once you meet the English requirements.

For our February intake Foundation Year students remaining here in New Zealand, the University is offering a range of activities and events so that there a structured programme over the summer months. There will be more details about this in due course.

UOLCFY Students Currently studying online
If you are currently studying online in the Language Centre and plan to carry on your studies in Foundation Year, you will be able to continue your studies online. However, if you are planning to study at the University of Otago next year, you will only be allowed to study undergraduate programmes and papers on-line as specified on the university website. In summary, the online offering includes the BA, BCom and BA/BCom, with most majors available for the BCom and a number of majors for the BA. Health Sciences and Sciences at the undergraduate level will not be available as an online option.

Details of the online programmes can be found here:

Applications for Undergraduate and Post-graduate Study in 2021
The University International Office has advised us that they are prioritising applications for international students who are currently in New Zealand and for International students applying for the online only programmes. The university will not be issuing offers to International students who are currently offshore for on-campus programmes until there is further information on border re-opening and visa processing resuming. You can however make an application and you will be held on a waiting list for when the border reopens.

Foundation Year and Bridging Programmes Online in 2021
Online study is available to all international students who are not residing in New Zealand. This is for both the Bridging Programmes and Foundation Studies Certificate. Online students experience the same high-quality teaching and learning as on-campus classmates and will develop the academic skills and confidence to succeed in future studies at Otago.

Features of our online delivery include:

  • A ‘live’ online orientation programme
  • Every student is provided with their own course booklet
  • Lectures are pre-recorded and released weekly
  • Laboratories are pre-recorded by the actual classroom teachers
  • Classroom tutorials are delivered ‘live’ in small online groups and are an opportunity to participate in real-time classroom learning alongside
  • Consultations for one on one time with teachers is available

For domestic students and international students who are living in New Zealand all classes will continue to be taught on campus as usual.