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Carlson School Exchange in New Zealand: University of Otago

Graduate Global Immersion

Program Dates:

The academic calendar at Otago will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall 2023 (2nd Semester):

Partial Semester dates: September 4 - October 13, 2023

Full Semester dates: July 3 - November 11, 2023

Spring 2024 (1st Semester): 

Partial Semester dates: January 8 2024 - February 16, 2024

Full Semester dates: February 23 - June 19, 2024

The priority deadline for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 is February 1st, 2023 at noon. 

Otsago University
Students Studying
Otago Campus
Otsago University
Students Studying
Otago Campus

Program Details

    What is a business exchange program?

    • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
    • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
    • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
    • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
    • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
    • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad
    • The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university and has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. 
    • Dunedin is a city by the sea. It has white sand beaches, bush clad hills, tidal inlets, and volcanic landforms, as well as a golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs that skirt the city's thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross, and incredible surf can be found. 
    • The heart of the city is lined with restaurants and sidewalk cafes, as well as bars, boutiques, and shopping centres of an international standard. 
    • The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
    • Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.
    • The International Office provides a guarantee of accommodation placement services to all international students who receive an academic offer and apply by the deadline. 
    • The most common style of living is student flats with four or five students, where each student has a private bedroom and all students share kitchen, living and bathroom areas. 
    •  Where possible, study abroad students are placed in flats with a mix of New Zealand students and overseas students.
    • Students also have the option of either finding their own accommodation.

    Full Semester Option:

    • Graduate exchange students take courses in the MBA program.
    • Graduate exchange students must enroll in the minimum number of credits outlined by the host university.  The UMN does not have a minimum course requirement for graduate students on semester exchange.
    • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcripts.
    • The recommended course load is 3-4 courses per term 
    • Business courses taught in English are available to exchange students.
    • For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.

    Partial Semester Option:

    • Graduate exchange students take courses in the Summer School MBA electives program.
    • Exchange students studying on the partial semester option must take a minimum of 20 Otago points.
    • 20 Otago points = 4.5 UMN credits, 30 Otago points = 7 UMN credits, 40 Otago points =  9 UMN credit
    • Business courses taught in English are available to exchange students
    • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcripts
    • These courses change every year and for information about specific courses please meet with a CGI adviser
    • Currently enrolled in a Carlson School graduate program
    • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Additional criteria may apply
    • The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
    • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
    • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if required by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute will not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs and are not visa experts.
    • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well.

    To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 is February 1, 2023 at noon. Applications will open during the Fall 2020 semester. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. Carlson School graduate students are eligible for Education Abroad Fellowships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Fellowships" for more information.

Cost Estimate (Summary)

Expenses are based on a 5 month semester. These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​ 

The below cost table includes estimated expenses based on a full semester (approximately 15 weeks). Accepted students may contact the CGI office to receive a Study Abroad Cost Estimate (SACE) form reflecting partial semester costs.

Estimated Expenses 2023-24
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account) UMN Per-credit rate (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)
Airfare (to and from program site) $2,000
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance) $380
Mandatory In-Country Health Insurance $423
Books and Materials $200
Accommodations & Meals $3,500
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $9,003 + tuition costs


Academic term(s)
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Partial Semester (Grad only)
Degree level
New Zealand
Host School
University of Otago
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model
Partner University Business Exchange