Program sponsor: University of Otago
As a direct university enrollment program, experience first-hand what it’s like to be a student in New Zealand, with access to nearly all the same opportunities and courses as Kiwi students and the University of Otago International Office for support. Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, best known for its strong departments of environmental and conservation studies and geological and earth sciences.
You must enroll in the following points:
Otago-Northwestern credit conversion:
Self-catered university flats with a Kiwi host and other international students. Review Otago's University Flat webpage for details of what's included in your flat.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
*Note: This is a direct enrollment program. Northwestern will send your tuition payment to Otago via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by Northwestern will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.
This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the University of Otago, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.
After you are accepted to Otago, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to confirm your participation on the program. If required, it is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.
As part of the New Zealand student visa application, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.
If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.
Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your Otago tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.
As noted above, Northwestern will send your tuition payment to Otago via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount of tuition you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.
If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.
If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.
You will receive separate invoices through the University of Otago's online portals for your University Flat housing and New Zealand's mandated Student-Safe Insurance, as follows:
It is your responsibility to pay Otago directly by their deadline.
Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.