OP – New Zealand



Trip Destination

New Zealand

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Application Deadline

Cost Information

Cost for Domestic Students: $500-$1000 (includes IFS + BWR Course)
Cost for International Students: $1000 (includes IFS + BWR Course)
Cost for Students Not Willing to Take the BWR Course: ~$5000 (Full amount of IFS)

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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.


Website: https://www.op.ac.nz/

Travel Visa + Immigration Documentation:

Students are responsible for researching and applying for any required visa(s) on their own; Be World Ready is not able to apply for any travel visa(s) on your behalf. Be World Ready will provide you with supporting documentation as needed to apply for a Visa once the deadline to register has passed. All international students will need to ensure that their Study Permits and Student Visas are not expired before the date of return from the international experience, to ensure that there are no challenges upon reentry to Canada. Travel restrictions and requirements for entry to Canada may change at any time. All travellers are responsible for remaining up to date with any restrictions and requirements for travel and re-entry to Canada leading up to and throughout their International Field Study. Niagara College Canada will assume no responsibility for any changes to governing body travel restrictions, required documentation for travel or any refused entry as a result of change. Travellers are encouraged to review the Government of Canada Website for the latest restrictions and requirements for entry to Canada, as well as to check entry requirements to their destination country as a Canadian citizen.


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 www.immigration.govt.nz 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 https://www.mystudentvillage.com/nz/otago-polytechnicstudent-village/

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 www.tenancy.govt.nz


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: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/living-in-nz/money-tax/comparable-living-costs

The Be World Ready program at Niagara College prepares you for global success through education, exchange, and international experience. This program offers you the opportunity to experience culturally diverse learning environments, understand different perspectives and connect practical skills with a global mindset to help you launch your career.
An international field study is a 7 – 10 day experience that incorporates both vocational and cultural elements, while visiting some of the world’s most famous sights! Many of our international field studies are customized for specific Schools and programs at Niagara College, allowing students to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. All international field studies depart during the Niagara College break weeks to ensure that students do not miss any classes.
All international field studies will include roundtrip airfare (where applicable), accommodations, travel insurance, entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary, and some meals as outlined in the itinerary. A detailed list of inclusions and exclusions will be viewable on the posted webpage for any international field study on our website. Participants can expect to purchase some meals on their own and will need to bring spending money for any souvenirs, extra excursions, incidentals or items of a personal nature.

No. All aspects noted as included in the overall cost of the selected international field study are mandatory with no exceptions made. Our international field studies are built using group pricing and it is important that we do not deviate from the inclusions as it could negatively impact our ability to offer fair pricing to all participants.

In addition to affecting group pricing, 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.

No. Students are not able to book their own flight in any way or alter the flights confirmed by Be World Ready. The round-trip flights as confirmed by Be World Ready are part of the package pricing, 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.

Each international field study destination has different accommodation providers or themes. Accommodation types that are used may include a combination of dorm-style rooms, homestays, tourist class hotels, or occasionally hostels. We strive to ensure we use centrally located accommodation when in city centres, allowing our participants to explore their surroundings more easily. Private accommodation is not guaranteed.

Rooms will vary in style on each trip; however, they are commonly twin share (2 people to a room with separate beds where possible). 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.

Students will be given the opportunity to meet their fellow travellers before the deadline to submit their roommate requests. Be World Ready does their best to accommodate rooming requests, but please note that final rooming arrangements are subject to room occupancy requirements and availability. A rooming list will be created by Be World Ready staff and shared with our accommodation providers before your departure. All participants will be emailed and will have the opportunity to identify their preferred roommate(s). While we will make every effort to ensure all preferences are met, we cannot guarantee it.

As long as they are current full-time Niagara College students and meet the program eligibility requirements. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any persons to participate in any of our international field studies that are not current full-time students at Niagara College.

In addition to regular communications shared with participants leading up to the departure of their international field study of choice, Be World Ready requires students to attend the Be World Ready course, which includes but is not limited to, online trainings and pre-departure training sessions. During the pre-departure training sessions, students will be presented with the overall expectations of the trip as well as in-depth details concerning their itinerary.

During their time abroad, students will be able to communicate with their trip leads directly, 24/7, with any questions or concerns.

All participants are required to hold a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond any expected date of return to participate in any opportunity involving outbound travel.

You are responsible for researching and applying for any required visa(s) on your own. Be World Ready is unable to tell you what visa you require and how to apply. Be World Ready will provide you with supporting documentation as needed to apply for a Visa. While Be World Ready is not able to advise or guide you in a heightened level of detail through any particular visa process, you may consider hiring a travel visa service to assist you with the visa application process, such as CIBT visas. Please note that Be World Ready and Niagara College do not endorse any third-party vendors, nor have any influence or control over any outcomes or services rendered. We cannot apply for a visa on behalf of any participant.

All international students will need to ensure that their Study Permits and Student Visas are not expired before the date of return from the international experience, to ensure that there are no challenges with reentry to Canada.

Yes, while it is great to have a Nexus card, all participants must hold a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond any expected date of return in order to participate in any opportunity outside of Canada.
Depending on your destination country, we encourage you to book an appointment with a travel health professional regarding any additional vaccinations and medications you may need. It is strongly encouraged that you book an appointment with the Campus Nurse to go over this information. To do so, please visit the medical office to book an appointment at your respective campus.
Be World Ready takes the safety of our staff and students very seriously and has a rigorous risk management assessment when creating all opportunities. Be World Ready staff monitor destination country risk levels as communicated by the Government of Canada. Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College take all possible precautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.
Students who sign up during the active promotional period for the international field study will be presented with a payment schedule to follow. At time of registration, students will be only required to pay the full non-refundable deposit that is disclosed at time of registration. Students who are permitted to sign up late will be expected to catch up on any payments missed according to the payment schedule advertised. In some instances, there may only be one payment due date.
Complete the eligibility quiz linked on the webpage of the International Field Study you’re interested in to find out if you meet eligibility requirements.
No. Students will not directly receive grant money as the full value of the grant has already been applied to the final payment to offset the total cost of the learning experience abroad. For students who do not complete all grant requirements by established deadlines (including the time of submission), the full grant amount may be charged directly to their student account. Details on grant requirements will be shared with you as part of the mandatory Be World Ready (SOCL 1128 or IDPL 9103) course, which all students participating in a Be World Ready International Field Study must enroll in and successfully complete to receive funding.
Students are only permitted to travel on an IFS to their home country if the IFS is program specific. IFS’ that are open to students from all programs do not permit students to travel if the destination is their home country. The purpose of the grant funding is to help students gain global competencies that they would not otherwise be exposed to, and as such, travelling to destinations they’ve previously lived in does not support this goal.
Students have the potential to travel and receive funding through Be World Ready up to 2 times; students can travel once on either an International Field Study, Summer Institute, or Semester Exchange, and they can potentially travel again for a Work Abroad opportunity (if eligibility requirements are met – please note that if more applications are received than work abroad grants available, priority will be given to those who have never travelled on any type of Be World Ready experience before). So, if you’re wanting to travel on an International Field Study, note that participation on an IFS is permitted only for students who have not yet experienced a Be World Ready IFS, Summer Institute, or Semester Exchange since beginning their studies at Niagara College.


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