Study Abroad

University of Otago

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 student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Augustana Campus students with a major in Physical Education.

Applications and Deadlines

  • Applicable Courses
    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 is 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
    For a full list of courses please click the Study Abroad Program Guide on the sidebar

  • Eligibility
    Applicants must be registered as a full-time University of Alberta student 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 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 your most recently completed term at University of Alberta.

    - Students in the practicum program are eligible to also participate on 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 (Stacey Laing) for your information.
  • Estimated Cost of Living
    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 UofA after an exchange. Please calculate tuition at the UofA 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 for summer exchanges.

    Estimated costs for one semester at the University of Otago.

     Tuition (15* UofA credits                          $3,105.14 
     Application Fee                             $250.00
     Accommodation         $2,730.00 - $3,770.00
     Food                          $1,400.00
     Airfare         $1,600.00 - $2,500.00
     Books and Supplies                             $100.00
     Public Transportation                               $50.00
     Total**   $9,235.14 - $11,175.14

    **This does not include entertainment, travel outside of Dunedin, visa fee, insurance, etc.

    Visa: You will need a study permit for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. Visa requirements can be found here.

    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.

    *In past years UAI has opened up a second deadline. Please check back on their website for more information.