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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences

At the University of Otago you’ll enroll in courses directly at the university and study alongside local students. A comprehensive range of course work is available in the areas of the humanities, business, sciences, and health sciences. Many UCEAP participants who attend the University of Otago are majors in psychology, chemistry, the liberal arts, and the biological sciences.

Unique study opportunities

  • Access a variety of courses that include field research (noted on the course descriptions).
  • Participate in Otago’s HUMS301 Internship Practicum.
  • Explore business law, entrepreneurship, or international business from a non-US perspective.
  • Take a deep dive into specialty areas in the health sciences such as acupuncture, dental technology, forensic biology, immunology, leadership in nursing, and many other topics.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units each semester or 54 University of Otago units per term.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a P/NP basis.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit are also an option in this program. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to New Zealand campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The New Zealand semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address local lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them. In New Zealand, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use New Zealand English for assignments.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Most courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final written exam. Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in Week 6 and not receive any grades back until Week 8. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available mid-January to mid-February, and grades for the spring semester are typically available mid-August to mid-September.