Otago Polytechnic
Study Options
Student
Exchange

What is a Student Exchange programme?

A student exchange programme allows an Otago Polytechnic student to study for one semester or up to one year at a partner institution. As an exchange student, you will pay your regular Otago Polytechnic tuition fees, receive your student loan and/or allowance and be able to credit your overseas programme of study back to your Otago Polytechnic degree.

 Am I eligible for a student exchange?

We have exchange options at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students should have achieved and maintained a minimum grade average of a B. Please check with your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 How much will it cost?

As an exchange student, you will pay your regular Otago Polytechnic tuition fees and receive your student loan and/or allowance. You will be responsible for paying your own airfare, accommodation costs, living expenses (your student loan will usually cover the accommodation cost), insurance and visa. Some schools have travel scholarships that cover, or part cover, the cost of your flights. Some partner institutions have scholarships that can be applied for. Please check with your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 What are my study options?

Please check with your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 What kind of accommodation will I stay in?

All partner institutions offer advice and assistance with accommodation options. You will also find information on the partner institutions website. For more information about accommodation, please talk to the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 What type of support will I receive overseas?

All partner institutions have international office staff who will support you. The contact person is in communication with you during the application process through to arrival at the institution. Your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor will also give you support throughout your period overseas and prior to leaving.

 Will I need insurance to study outside of New Zealand?

All New Zealand students travelling overseas as part of their study programme will require current and comprehensive medical and travel insurance. For more information about insurance, please talk to the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 Will someone greet me at the overseas airport?

Please check with your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

 How long can I study overseas for?

You can study at an overseas institution for one semester or up to one year.

 Will I have to defer my degree to complete an exchange?

No. You will be able to credit your overseas programme of study back to your Otago Polytechnic degree. You can discuss this in more detail with the Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor and your Programme Manager.

Study
Abroad

What is Study Abroad?

Study Abroad allows international students to study at Otago Polytechnic for one or two semesters as an exchange student, or as a study abroad student paying the discounted study abroad fees. You should check with your institution's international or study abroad office about credit towards your degree.

  Am I eligible for study abroad?

To be eligible to apply for Study Abroad fee-paying place you should have:

  • Completed at least one year of study at an accredited tertiary institution outside of New Zealand. US students are expected to be in their Junior year.
  • Current enrolment at an accredited tertiary institution.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater (USA) or have ‘credit’, ‘good’, or 'above average' results.
  • Students who do not meet all of the entry criteria above are welcome to apply. We will confirm your eligibility for Study Abroad.
  • Been nominated by your home institution.

Please contact your Study Abroad & Exchange Co-ordinator for more information.

  How much will it cost?

Enquire about costs with your international office or contact us at exploremore@op.ac.nz

  What are my study options?

Please check with your Study Abroad and Exchange Advisor.

  What kind of accommodation will I stay in?

Otago Polytechnic offers advice and assistance with accommodation options.

  How long can I study at Otago Polytechnic for?

You can study at Otago Polytechnic for one semester or up to one year.

  Will I have to defer my degree to complete an exchange?

No. With some planning, you will be able to credit your Otago Polytechnic programme of study back to your original degree. Please check with your institution's international or study abroad office about credit towards your degree.

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