University of Otago Courses

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.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.
  • Please indicate 7-10 courses, including alternates, on your academic preferences form that you are pre-approved for and can take while abroad. In the event of scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations, this ensures that you will be prepared to finalize your courses once overseas.

Choosing Your Courses

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
9 2.5
12 3.0
13.5 3.5
18 4.5
24 6
27 7

The Otago course catalog lists an alphabetical directory of subjects on offer.

  • Click on the subject(s) of your interest
  • Scroll down to 'Papers’.
  • Click on the link for a full list of courses, with details.

Special Considerations

  • The University of Otago offers a wide range of courses with a fieldwork component. You can see a list of those courses here.
  • Some courses have limited availability due to resource limitations at the University of Otago. You can see which courses have these limitations here.
  • There are a number of geology (GEOL) courses that include fieldwork before the semester begins. If you are looking to take geology courses, pay close attention to the information provided in the course description and be in touch with your program manager if you are interested in pursuing these options.

Special Nomenclature

New Zealand Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty Department, School or College
Course Degree
Paper Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

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 academic preferences 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.


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.

Grade Scale

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 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
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.