Semester Exchange

OP – New Zealand

Institution: Otago Polytechnic —

Location: Dunedin & Auckland, New Zealand —


The New Zealand education system is amongst the best in the world making this country a great place to study. Otago Polytechnic offers internationally-recognised qualifications and has achieved the highest possible government endorsement for our performance which means that you can feel very confident about the quality of your learning.

With a population of four million people, New Zealand has a safe and multicultural environment and is one of the least crowded countries in the world. It is clean and green, has friendly people, an incredible culture and a real sense of community. Otago Polytechnic offers plenty of social activities so you get the chance to make friends and explore the ‘Kiwi’ lifestyle.

New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world. When you’re not studying, you have nature’s playground on your doorstep to enjoy. New Zealand’s beaches, forests and mountains are unforgettable and this is the perfect place to have fun and enjoy the outdoors.

Our Study Abroad and Exchange courses are offered at our Dunedin and Auckland campuses only. Dunedin is New Zealand’s student capital and the country’s centre of learning. It also boasts some of the world’s rarest wildlife and is only a short drive from the alpine landscape of Central Otago. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the country’s centre of business and industry; often called ‘the City of Sails’, it offers vibrant city life and cultural activities but is still surrounded by stunning scenery.




Study Dates Application Deadline
February – April 2020 February 1, 2019
July – September 2020 July 1, 2019
February – April 2021 February 1, 2020
July – September 2021 July 1, 2020
February – April 2022 February 1, 2021
July – September 2022 July 1, 2021

Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency

Tuition & Academic Fees:

Students will pay their regular Niagara College Tuition. Students are not required to pay the tuition of Otago Polytechnic. The only ‘additional’ academic expenses will be classroom materials such as textbooks.


International students in New Zealand require a student visa to enter the country. Please visit for information on obtaining a student visa.


Otago Polytechnic Student Village – Dunedin

The 231-bed furnished residential village offers fully-catered single rooms, and self-catered studios and four-bedroom apartments. For more information or a virtual tour, please visit the Campus Living Villages website

Salmond College

Supervised accommodation costs around $350 per week. Many of your meals are provided and extra expenses such as electricity and phone rental are generally included. You must submit an application for Salmond College through the University of Otago’s website by 30 September.


Many International students choose to live in ‘homestay’ for their initial first month in New Zealand. Homestay is for students who want the unique homestay experience of being a part of a New Zealand family and their home. Homestay includes your own individual bedroom that contains a bed, drawers, wardrobe, heater, desk and chair or a quiet study space. You will be matched with an available and suitable host family. All homestay hosts will provide you with balanced meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our host parents will have internet in their homes but there may be additional costs depending on different traveling groups and individuals. You will have access to internet at Otago Polytechnic for free. All host families are required to provide you with a caring, supportive family environment, inclusivity and interaction. All students in homestay are expected to contribute and integrate into the host family.

Otago Polytechnic monitors and assess homestay accommodation and can make arrangements for you. Students under 18 must be in supervised accommodation as per the Education Code of Practice 2016.

‘Flatting’ or private shared accommodation

International students can choose to live in an apartment or house with other people. In New Zealand, this is commonly referred to as ‘flatting’. When flatting, students share living costs such as electricity, telephone and food. To understand your rights and obligations as a tenant in New Zealand visit


Studios are often furnished and you will have access to shared kitchen facilities. The cost usually includes power, heating, local telephone calls and cleaning of the common areas. Higher-priced studios can include en suite facilities.

 Cost of Living:

New Zealand is a reasonably inexpensive place to live when compared with other countries. Immigration New Zealand estimates that an international student will require at least NZD$15,000 per year to cover all living expenses. For up-to-date information about New Zealand living costs, please visit this website:




*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

New Zealand

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.

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