FAQs

When are the deadlines to apply for this program?
The Fall semester deadline is April 1. The Spring semester deadline is October 15.


Can I study abroad as a freshman?
No. To study abroad with BCA, a student must have at least one year of undergraduate study. If you are a first year student, then we encourage you to jump right into planning for your study abroad experience. Your first year in school is a great time to figure out where you want to go and find out what your school’s policies are for study abroad, including financial aid, credit transfer and programs available to you. Good Luck!


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.


How many courses will I take?
Generally, students take four or five classes during a semester, receiving three credits for each class. It is important to consult with your advisor prior to studying abroad to decide what classes are needed to meet academic requirements of your college or university.


I am worried my GPA may not be good enough. Should I still apply?
BCA Study Abroad aims to engage each participant in an appropriately challenging level of academic work while abroad. We acknowledge that an applicant’s cumulative grade point average is only one indicator of accomplishment and ability.

The BCA Study Abroad expectation is that most students would show at least a 2.6 GPA across their course work prior to their study abroad term. Certain host universities may have GPA requirements of their own, in which case the higher GPA requirement of the two would apply.

Recent enrollment history shows our students’ average GPAs have been above 3.44 (4.0 scale). Our post-semester academic results reveal that students with higher and lower GPAs can excel in study abroad. We are open to discuss program selection and course of study for students who do not reach the expected 3.0 GPA.


What can I study at BCA Dunedin?
At the University of Otago you can choose from a wide variety of subjects such as: Maori and Indigenous Studies, Business, Commerce, Economics, Finance and Statistics, Computing and Information Technology, Education, Humanities, Law, Psychology and Linguistics, Sciences (including environmental sciences), and Society, Culture, and Philosophy. You’ll find a full range of paper (course) listings online at http://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/subjects/a-z/index.html.


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.


Where will I live?
As a BCA student at the University of Otago you will live in:

  1. University flats – Most BCA students live in the university flats. Usually three or four international students live with one or two New Zealanders. Each flat has individual bedrooms, shared bathroom(s) and a kitchen/common area.

Why study with BCA?
BCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent organizations committed to promoting international understanding and academic excellence through college study abroad programs for U.S. students. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, BCA promotes international understanding, awareness of global citizenship and academic scholarship through educational exchange. Among the special qualities of BCA’s programs are: unique opportunities to study peace and justice issues in places where conflict has profoundly affected culture, history and daily life; opportunity for cultural immersion; and tremendous academic and administrative support.


Will my financial aid transfer?
Financial aid from an individual school is transferred at the school’s discretion, but all federal aid is transferrable. Students should consult their financial aid advisor for further information and advice.