FAQs

When are the deadlines to apply for this program?

The fall semester deadline is April 1. The spring semester deadline is October 15.


About the School

Where is BCA Dunedin study center located?

BCA Dunedin is located at the University of Otago. University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious university. The university has a presence in four New Zealand cities – Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin, where the majority of the 20,000 students are located. The university is situated in the center of Dunedin and the campus is a short walk from the city’s central shopping and services.

How many native and international students attend this school?

There are 20,000 students at the University of Otago. Approximately 2,500 are from abroad!

What is the teaching and assessment style abroad?

Most classes are presented through lecture, with smaller tutorials or laboratories of 10-20 students taking place to provide more individualized attention. You will be assessed using tests, written assignments, laboratory work, and a final exam that lasts two to three hours.

What are some student life activities available on campus?

You can get involved in Unipol, Otago’s recreation and sports center that even organizes free trips around the South Island. You could also participate in 70+ clubs and societies through the Otago Uni Students’ Association.


Living Situations

What are the accommodations like? Who will I be living with?

You will live in co-ed university flats near campus with other international students and one New Zealand student, your Kiwi host.


Further Information

Are internships available?

While not necessarily an internship, students can gain professional experience through the University of Otago’s education program. It involves taking 3 classes and then participating in a 5-week practical experience teaching and observing in local schools. Learn more here. There are no internships set up through BCA for this program aside from that, although your resident director may have suggestions for you if you choose to seek one out on your own.

Are volunteer opportunities available?

There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities such as protecting wildlife and natural habitats, assisting in after-school programs, and participating as a research assistant at the university.

Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand?

Yes. As a BCA Dunedin Student, you will need a visa. You can apply for a visa once you receive an offer of a place from the University of Otago. The admissions office usually issues and mails offer letters anywhere from two days to two weeks after receiving an application. BCA will mail your offer and application form as soon as we receive your offer letter from Otago. Fortunately, students usually experience few complications with the New Zealand visa process. For further information, please see the New Zealand government immigration website: www.immigration.govt.nz.