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University of Otago

University of Otago

VISION

The University of Otago, founded in 1869, is New Zealand’s oldest university. The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence. At Otago, you will have unprecedented opportunities to be taught by international experts in their fields, and you will be able to contribute to ground-breaking research. The student experience at Otago is exceptional. You will join a diverse population of well over 20,000 students from around New Zealand and more than 100 nations around the world.

Historic and sophisticated, Dunedin is the quintessential university city. Modeled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A long, natural harbor gives way to the church spires and towers of the historic town center and university, set against high, green forested hills. A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city’s thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross—and incredible surf—can be found.

Gordon's Biology and Kinesiology Departments require that its majors who study at Otago take advantage of the opportunity to better understand New Zealand culture and history by taking a course such as:

  • New Zealand in the World
  • Maori Society
  • Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
  • Environmental History of New Zealand

QUALIFICATIONS

Students are encouraged to apply if they:
  • Major or minor in Biology, Kinesiology, or Psychology
  • Have their advisor’s approval
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have at least Sophomore standing at time of application

CREDITS

One single semester course is usually worth 18 points, and approximately 12 hours of work per week (including lectures, tutorials, labs, assignments, and readings). 18 Otago points are worth approximately 3-5 US Credits. An average workload for a semester generally includes 3-4 courses per semester or 54-72 points.

Students are expected to take two of the approved science courses as well as at least one New Zealand studies/cultural electives.

COSTS

As a Biology, Kinesiology, or Psychology major, you pay regular Gordon semester costs (tuition, housing, and fees) and will be eligible to maintain all scholarships toward the cost of the program. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your particular situation. The following is included:

  • Tuition and direct program costs
  • Room (not board as all housing is self-catered)

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Board
  • Personal expenses
  • Local travel
  • Course materials
  • Visa

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES

Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1.  You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. The University of Otago's application deadline for fall semester is April 30.

SPRING SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. The University of Otago's application deadline for the spring semester is December 1.


Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. Approved International Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:

Male
Female

10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Yes
No
Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?

Yes
No

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?

Yes
No

28. Current Class Level:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)