New Zealand Study Abroad Program at University of Otago
About University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand
Kia ora! We're so excited that you've chosen the University of Otago as your destination this summer. Otago is located in Dunedin, a small college town conveniently located near the great outdoor sights of New Zealand's South Island. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Otago has to offer:
What courses are available?
To view course details, view the University of Otago International School website.
How many courses do I take?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load abroad. At the University of Otago, an IFSA-Butler full course load for the summer is one or two courses. Each course is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours, so students will earn 3 or 6 credits for the summer.
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at the University of Otago. You may not reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit and grades you earned at University of Otago. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Where will I live?
The program fee includes three meals per day while students are living in Dunedin. In addition, most meals are included during field excursions.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. IFSA-Butler does not require a housing deposit for summer programs.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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* Students may leave New Zealand anytime within the write up period. Assessments must be submitted electronically by the program end date.
** Also the deadline for electronically submitting assessments.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In New Zealand exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
All program support services end on the “Program ends” date.
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Payment Due: May 15
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Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in New Zealand:
Program Advisor Hannah Sutton assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Hannah graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her junior year, Hannah spent a semester in Dublin on the IFSA-Butler Ireland program. Her experience led her to develop a passion for study abroad and education and she joined the IFSA-Butler team to help guide other students to their own study abroad adventures. Hannah currently advises students planning to study in Australia and New Zealand, and can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 4266.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Sara Bell processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Sara can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4261.
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