UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
New Zealand

Semester Study Abroad Programs

New Zealand: University of Otago

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869. The School of Business dates from 1912 and is internationally recognized for its teaching and research. With AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, the Otago School of Business ranks among the best in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Early July to Early November
    Fall 2017 dates are July 3, 2017 – November 11
    Spring - Mid February to Late June​
    Spring 2018 dates are February 19 - June 20

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Kenan-Flagler students studying at the University of Otago enroll in three to four courses, called papers, and transfer between 13.5-18 UNC credit hours. Students may choose from a variety of business core and elective subjects.

    Courses taken at the University of Otago will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of C or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under C will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the Otago transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 4.5 UNC credits for every 18 credit paper at Otago, and are expected to take three to four papers worth 18 Otago credits each during the semester. Though each course is worth 4.5 UNC credits, students are permitted to earn a maximum of 3.0 BUSI credits per course at Otago. Therefore, a student who earns a 50/Pass or above in all courses will receive a total of 13.5-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad, but each course will come back to UNC as 3.0 of BUSI credit and 1.5 credits of general, non-business elective credit. A student who earns a C or above in all papers will receive a total of 13.5-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    The Student Accommodation Centre offers accommodation options in both Residential Colleges and University Flats. Please view http://www.otago.ac.nz/about/accommodation/index.html for more information. Please note that housing is not guaranteed.

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  • Student Life

    Students enjoy studying in New Zealand for its stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and variety of things to do. Dunedin, a city of about 125,000 inhabitants, is a good size with vibrant student life and culture. It is a coastal city, and students enjoy the proximity to the beach and outdoor activities. In Dunedin, students will learn about traditional Maori culture and history as well as European settlement.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,200
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $150
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $300
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $500
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $15,510
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $28,524

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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