A full-time course load as defined by Arcadia University is 13.5-18 U.S. credits per semester. Courses can be found on University of Otago’s website.
A full-time course load is equivalent to three to six courses at the University of Otago.
|University of Otago Credit Point Units||U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit|
The Otago course catalog lists an alphabetical directory of subjects on offer.
|New Zealand Term||U.S. Equivalent|
|Faculty||Department, School or College|
|Semester 1||Spring Semester|
|Semester 2||Fall Semester|
Students will receive access to their eVision portal about 2-4 months prior to departure. At this time students will have to complete their paper selection in their portal. Any courses with a prerequisite will require students to submit a Special Permissions Request, showing how the student meets the prerequisite. The Special Permissions Request will be reviewed by Otago staff for approval and the student will be notified directly of the outcome. If the student needs a copy of their transcript they should be in touch with their Program Manager.
Course enrollments will not be finalized until students are on campus. The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is an add/drop period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.
If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.
The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).
|Grade||Description||Ranking||Suggested U.S. Equivalent|
|A+||High First||85 - 100%||A|
|A||Clear First||80 - 84%||A|
|A-||Bare First||75 - 79%||A|
|B+||High Second||70 - 74%||B|
|B||Clear Second||65 - 69%||B|
|B-||Bare Second||60 - 64%||B|
|C+||Sound Pass||55 - 59%||C|
|C||Pass||50 - 54%||C|
|C-||Marginal Pass||50 - 54%||C|
|D||Failure||40 - 49%||F|
|F||Failure||0 - 39%||F|
Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee for the materials used in the class. Please refer to the online course description.
For studio art, graphic art, media production, drama, dance or music courses, submit a portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Portfolio is non-returnable. Some fine arts courses are year-long and begin in February.