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Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Geography ( Coursework )

bachelor

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Geography ( Coursework )

Quick facts

  • Tuition

    $35,266 NZD

  • Application fee

    Free

  • Duration

    3 years

  • PSW

    3 years

  • Min GPA

    70 out of 100

Highlights
Research

These are mandatory and all come with course.

Deadlines

Term start & deadline Deadline
Fall-February 31-October-2022 2022-10-31
Winter-July 30-April-2023 2023-04-30
Fall-February 31-October-2023 2023-10-31
Winter-July 30-April-2024 2024-04-30

Overview

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Geography

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the University of Otago's most flexible undergraduate degree program.

It is usually undertaken over three years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study.

People, places and the environment.

Geographers study the physical and human environment, including the biological processes that shape the natural environment, the social and cultural processes that explain patterns of human activity, and the interactions between human activity and the natural world.

Geography also explores key environmental and development challenges, such as climate change and inequality, and the potential solutions to these problems. 

Geography helps us manage human activity and secure the future of our planet.

A Geography degree at Otago will equip you with valuable research and communication skills using interdisciplinary approaches to explore environmental and societal challenges. 

This combination of practical skills and theoretical learning will serve you well no matter the career you choose.

Why study Geography?

Geography provides a bridge between the arts and the sciences, addressing issues at the local, regional, national and global scales. 

A Geography degree at Otago provides training through lectures and fieldwork in the environments in which we work.

Geography papers fit well into almost any degree and the School of Geography has strong links with many other disciplines including Geology, Surveying, Agricultural Innovation, and sustainability research (Centre for Sustainability).

The mix of analytical and communication skills provided, combined with practical experience make Otago Geography graduates highly sought after in a wide range of industries.

Estimate your cost

Residency
Count of person

$53,962

Total costs

yearly

Details


Cost of living 1 person $4,140
Accommodation 1 bed room $18,696
Tuition 1 person $35,266

Hourly wage

Min wage

21.20 NZD / 1 hour

in New Zealand every student can work 20 hour per week

Required documents

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE) (If required)
  • Proof of your identity (Full name, date of birth, and nationality)
  • Certified/notarised copy (passport or birth certificate)
  • English Language Proficiency (If Available)

Language requirements

GRE
not required
GMAT
not required

IELTS

6
5.5
listening
5.5
writing
5.5
speaking
5.5
reading

TOEFL

80
-
listening
20
writing
-
speaking
-
reading

PTE

50
42
listening
42
writing
42
speaking
42
reading

Cambridge

176
169
listening
169
writing
169
speaking
169
reading
Language pathway (conditional offer) is available

TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

 

Don’t meet the English language requirements?

The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements.

 

Entrance requirements if you are not sitting the English for Otago entrance exam

If you are not sitting the English for Otago entrance exam, these are the entrance requirements:

CourseTestEntrance requirement
Undergraduate programmeIELTS5.5 (no band below 5.0)
 IELTS Online5.5 (no band below 5.0)
 TOEFL iBT70 (writing 15)
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.
 Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.
Pearson Test of English Academic Online is currently accepted for applications for intakes commencing in semester 2 2022 and 2023 intakes.

Study period

  • October 2022 intake: 15 weeks
  • February, July and October 2023 intakes: 12 weeks

Academic background and requirement

Undergraduate entrance requirements

The university recognizes many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance. 

To check if the university recognizes your previous studies, determine the country where you gained the qualification. Countries entrance requirements example:

China entrance requirements:

Senior High School graduation and one year of successful study at a recognized institution of university standing; 
Or Senior High School graduation and completion of a diploma with high passing grades at a recognized institute or university.

Students with the requisite scores in Gaokao may be given direct entry to bachelor degree programme.

India entrance requirements:

Minimum overall average of 75% in the All India Senior School Examination (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) with a minimum of 70% in English.

The scores are calculated on the best four academic subjects excluding local languages and non-academic subjects.

Iran entrance requirements:

One year of successful study at a recognized institution of university standing, or successful completion of a University of Otago Foundation Year programme or equivalent.

The university also accepts the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8.
  • Northern Consortium United Kingdom (NCUK) International Foundation Year (IFY)
  • Satisfactory completion of one year's study at a recognized tertiary institution.

Background required

There are no subjects you have to have done in order to study Geography – you don’t even need to have studied it at school.

 

Pathway programme

Study in your chosen subject area and gain a university entrance qualification

The University of Otago Pathway programme offers a university entrance qualification within two 13-week semesters for domestic and international students. It is called the Foundation Studies Certificate (FSC).

Career opportunities

  • Cartographer
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geospatial analyst
  • GIS specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Location analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Pollution Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Surveyor
  • Town planner
  • Water conservation officer

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