Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) Endorsed in Buddhist StudiesUniversity of Otago
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Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) Endorsed in Buddhist Studies
The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) can be used for many purposes, and in some cases, effectively provides an additional major. It requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or above. The program is designed for graduates and may be completed by full-time candidates in one year or by part-time candidates over more than one year.
A DipGrad is a great way to retrain or to update existing qualifications. Many students also find it a convenient way to continue learning and that it is a useful bridge to postgraduate study.
The minor in Buddhist Studies provides an introduction to Buddhism through its Indian origins (RELS 102) and then allows you to focus on the development of Buddhism in other regions of Asia.
You may also choose to combine your study of Buddhism with the study of one or more of the languages of the Buddhist scriptures (Sanskrit, Chinese, or Japanese).
Admission to the program shall be subject to the approval of the Senate.
Every applicant shall
- Be a graduate; and
- Have attained a satisfactory standard of academic performance; or
- Have submitted evidence satisfactory to the Senate of previous training and experience appropriate to the planned program of study.
If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22; Paper-based TOEFL: score of 587 (TWE 4.5), we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.
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UG IELTS: 6.5
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Subjects of Study
The diploma may be taken in any subject or combination of subjects which constitutes a justifiable and academically feasible program, taking into account the prior qualifications and experience of the candidate concerned. The papers to be included shall be decided in consultation with the program Director and the Heads of the Departments concerned.
Structure of the program
Every program of study for the diploma shall
- consist of papers worth at least 120 points;
- include at least 72 points for papers at or above 300-level;
- include such other work as may be prescribed in particular cases.
The Diploma may be endorsed in any of the subjects defined in the Schedule of Endorsements if the program includes the requirements specified in the Schedule.
Students who have been granted credit for study elsewhere that has not been counted towards any other qualification may include up to 60 points for such credit in a program. The credit may be at 100- or 200-level only, except in the case of students participating in the Student Exchange program, who may be credited with papers at 300-level or above.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Applicants must apply online. They should also attach all the necessary supporting documents which includes scanned copies of their previous official academic transcripts (awards gained, marks, grades) with their application, and provide proof of their identity: this is usually achieved by providing a certified copy of the personal details page of their passport or a birth certificate (in English). Applicants may also be required to submit an Educational Credential Evaluators report (ECE). As soon as applicants have completed their online application, their proof of identity document must be posted to International Division, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. International student applications for semester 1/summer school study close: Oct-31; Semester 2 study close: Apr-30.
International tuition fees per year: 31366 NZD
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