University of Otago

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution. Otago has extensive facilities; including a theatre, concert hall, gymnasium, audiovisual center, and information services center. It is the second southernmost university in the world with easy access to spectacular scenery and amazing recreation opportunities. The University of Otago also has an active student association and many societies and clubs for cultural, athletic, political, and academic interests.

This is an exchange that is available for students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Augustana Campus students with a major in Physical Education.

Applications and Deadlines

Applicable Courses

The University of Otago offers a variety of courses (papers) in recreation, sport, and exercise science. Each semester is divided into Semester 1 (February-June) and Semester 2 (July-November). It's the individual's responsibility to research the programs and courses and to contact an advisor when program planning.

The University of Otago offers courses to exchange students in the following areas:

  1. Physical Education and Recreation
  2. Health Studies
  3. Tourism

Full Course List


Applicants must be registered as full-time University of Alberta students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sports, and Recreation.

Applications may be submitted during the first year, but students will not be allowed to depart on the exchange until at least 12 credits have been completed by the KSR exchange application deadline. (March of each year)

Candidates should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.7 in their most recently completed term at the University of Alberta.

Students in the practicum program are eligible to also participate in an exchange that is modified to be an international practicum placement. These must be coordinated at least 1 - 1.5 years in advance, as the paperwork for international practicums will be more complicated. Please talk to your practicum advisor for information.

Estimated Costs

University of Alberta tuition and fees for a single exchange term will be based on a standard 15-credit semester for undergraduate students. This will not change regardless of the number of courses taken at the host institution or the number of credits transferred back to the U of A after an exchange. Calculate tuition at the U of A on a 15-credit per term basis.

This applies to Fall and/or Winter term exchanges only. Costs for summer programs will vary. Please consult the coordinator for further information on summer exchanges.

Cost of Living

Visa: You will need a study permit for the duration of your stay in New Zealand.

Visa Requirements

Housing: University of Otago provides a guarantee of accommodation placement services to all international students who receive an academic offer.

Funding: University of Alberta International offers an Education Abroad Individual Award to all eligible students participating in a study abroad program that lasts 3 weeks or longer. The award ranges from $750-$3,750 depending on the duration of your program. Please consult the Education Abroad website for more information regarding your eligibility and the application process.