Arcadia: Dunedin - University of Otago
Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university, ranked in the top 1% of universities globally, with world-class facilities and extremely high student satisfaction ratings on all aspects of university life. It’s situated on a residential campus with the... read more
Gained a new perspective, very worthwhile A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about what it takes to establish a life in a completely new environment and how to adapt to new or different situations. Eli Waxler - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be much more independent. I also learned that I thrive on adventuring, and do not like to be stuck in the same place for a long time. This experience was very worthwhile, and I honestly wish I could do it again. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to be confident in myself, and learned that I adore tramping/hiking and being outdoors. I learned how important the earth is, and understanding other perspectives like from the Maori students/their culture. I learned how to say yes more often. It was so worthwhile. A student - Denison University View Entire Review
I learned that America is not the center of the universe and a lot more goes on around the world i had no idea about. I learned how to be open minded about new experiences and meeting people unlike who I've ever met before. it was completely worthwhile, i wouldnt have wanted it any other way Kristin Kinchla - Roger Williams University / RWU View Entire Review
It was worthwhile and it helped me better understand relationships between people and the historical context behind those relationships A student - Occidental College View Entire Review
I gained responsibility and really learned what it was like to be on my own. It really helped me grow as an individual and I wish I could do it over again. Ivana - Arcadia University View Entire Review
I learned to be self sufficient. Yes it was worthwhile. Lauren F - Trinity University View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worthwhile. It was worth the expensive airfare and the $5000 loan I took out to make it all happen. There is no price I would not pay to do it over again. I have gained a more "cultured" view of the world and although their society is not that different from my own, it is a much more relaxed culture ... Stephanie G - Bryant University View Entire Review
learned to break down barriers and abolish fears Graham A - Trinity University View Entire Review
How to travel alone, be independent, call for help with I need it, explore, take a step back and realize what is important, exposure to differences, living challenges, perspective, realizing that problems exist everyone and that personal problems don't just disappear but the healing is a process and change of place can help, way... Cleo C - Trinity University View Entire Review
I had one of the best times of my life Jose D - Trinity University View Entire Review
Definately worthwhile, it's hard to explain the kind of insight and cultural awareness you develop. Plus, its just a fun adventure. Haley M - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how to be responsible for myself, and living on my own, which was my goal. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes it was . I learnt loads about New Zealand as well as about myself Uty - Spelman College View Entire Review
Not too rigorous, allows good opportunities to travel Jacqueline - Bates College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, and what I a capable of. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
It made me really appreciate small school and made me realize that I want to continue school after undergrad and get a masters. Yes it was. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how much my environment had shaped who I am. Everywhere you go you take that with you and it can be a source of strength and confidence but also isolating and challenging. Overall it was worthwhile to take the time to leave my comfort zone to be a part of a different culture and college environment. I felt very indepen... A student - Occidental College View Entire Review
I really enjoyed traveling and learning about the local cultue. It was definitely worthwhile. New Zealand is by far the most beautiful country I have ever visited. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
Friends - I loved meeting other Americans from all over and a few good Kiwi friends. Alecia J - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I would love to go to New Zealand again someday, but I don't know if I will be able to - that's why I am so glad that I got to experience it for so long, in such an culturally-intensive atmosphere! Emily A - Bryant University View Entire Review
Greater understanding of self, more confident, more sincere, and self-sufficient. Connor S - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned firsthand the perspectives other people have of Americans, and the perspective of a country thats actually pretty small and isolated and have a true appreciation of the natural world around them. My experience made me want to go back to New Zealand, possibly right after I graduate. Katie G - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was amazingly worthwhile... I went there focused, stressed, and feeling like graduate school was already pressing down on me as a junior. I left relaxed, more independent, and feeling like I can do anything in the way I want. I don't have to listen to others and do what they want me to do, it is possible to be independent! Rebecca P - Trinity University View Entire Review
Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university, ranked in the top 1% of universities globally, with world-class facilities and extremely high student satisfaction ratings on all aspects of university life. It’s situated on a residential campus with the majority of students living nearby, in the fun and active seaside college town of Dunedin, allowing ample opportunity to engage with kiwi life.
Its field-study-rich academic offerings include strengths in environmental science, law, geology, and political studies. There are thousands of courses available in subjects ranging from anthropology, film & media studies, and theater studies to ecology, genetics, biochemistry, bioethics, business, psychology and physical education. The University of Otago also has one of only two medical schools in the country.
Many science courses use the environment around Otago as their laboratory, creating opportunities to get out and experience the real New Zealand. Regardless of the courses you choose, you can expect to look at the world in new ways.
Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. Here is a sampling:
- Queenstown Weekend
- Surf Lessons
- Cycling along the Harbour to Portobello
- Hike the southern Alps
- and more...
Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.
Please check our website for dates and the latest program information.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Environmental Science
- Communication and Media Studies
- Foods and Nutrition
- Legal Studies
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Bioethics/Medical Ethics
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Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participating on an Arcadia program and staying home. Arcadia scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on need. Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award