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Courses

DSCN8477As a student of BCA’s New Zealand study abroad program, you will study alongside Kiwi students in courses at the University of Otago, which is the country’s leading research institution and a world leader in many academic fields.

Course Listing

The link below will take you to the course listings for the University of Otago. Please keep in mind that not all courses may not be offered when you are planning to study as course offerings frequently change.

Also, remember that because New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, their seasons are the opposite of the United States. For example, when it is winter in the US it is summer in NZ. As a result, the semesters are opposite as well. When looking for courses please keep in mind that:

US Spring semester= NZ Semester 1
US Fall semester = NZ Semester 2

Popular Departments

  • Arts & Humanities: Art History, Biblical Studies, Buddhist Studies, English, Media, Film & Communications, History, Japanese Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics
  • Business & Communications: Accounting, Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Finance, Information Science, International Business, Marketing, Marketing Management
  • Foreign Languages: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish
  • Pre-Professional Studies: Education, Exercise & Sport Science, Food Science, Health Sciences, Hospitality, Physical Education, Social Work, Tourism
  • Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Energy Studies, Environmental Science, Genetics, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physics, Zoology
  • Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Mäori Studies, Pacific Islands, Psychology, Sociology

This may not be a comprehensive list. Please view the course listing link above.

Terminology

New Zealand universities generally follow the British model of three-year undergraduate degrees. Students completing their degree at Otago enter in a certain major and all of their courses are related to that major. Each year papers(the equivalent of U.S. courses) build in their level of specialization and difficulty. Introductory papers are called 100-level papers, which move on in subsequent years or semesters to 200-level and 300-level papers. Most 400-level papers are at the postgraduate level.

Pre-Requisites

Most papers beyond 100-level have prerequisites. If you have not completed the equivalent of a prerequisite for a certain paper at your home institution, you will not be able to enroll in that paper. Some papers also have what are called corequisites. If you have not already passed the equivalent of the corequisite, you must take it alongside the other paper.

Teaching Style

The basic method of presenting subject information in undergraduate papers is the lecture, although many departments use a variety of flexible approaches. Lectures normally last 50 minutes. Lectures are only a basic means of introducing new knowledge and outside of class, you will be expected to learn more through your reading. You will also take part in laboratories or tutorials, which are teaching and discussion classes of 12-20 students where more individual attention is available. You will also find you are in regular contact with tutors, other academic staff and other students by email and online discussion groups.

Assessments

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Examination “finals” are usually the most important. Each paper normally has a two- or three-hour final examination. Finals are held at the end of each semester. Most subjects also have shorter tests during the semesters. Written assignments and laboratory work also usually count towards the final grade. Ongoing internal assessment is a feature of most Otago papers.

Credits/Number of Courses

Most papers are single-semester papers and are worth 18 Otago points or 4 U.S. credits. A full-time load is generally 54-72 points in any one semester or 108-144 points in any one year. As an approximate guide, you can expect to spend about 12 hours per week per one single-semester paper (18 points). These hours are made up of a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, assignments and reading.

Course Registration

When you apply to the program, you will be asked to list courses that you are hoping to take while in Dunedin. This list is for advising purposes as it helps BCA understand your course needs and make sure that our program is a good fit for you. You will officially register for your courses after you have been accepted by BCA and you are completing your University of Otago registration.