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

Other Important Information

*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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