WHY BCA DUNEDINEngage with the community through activities and volunteer opportunities designed to introduce you to environmental conservation, sustainability, and social justice themes. You will explore these issues through varied discussions wi...
Engage with the community through activities and volunteer opportunities designed to introduce you to environmental conservation, sustainability, and social justice themes. You will explore these issues through varied discussions with local experts, participating in an on-going conservation project on a local island and a visiting a local farm.
Learn about New Zealand’s indigenous community by taking Māori culture courses on language, society and performing arts. Visit a Māori marae, a traditional meeting place, with BCA and connect with local students dedicated to keeping their culture and traditions alive.
Follow your own path in New Zealand and uncover the country’s natural beauty! Dunedin is surrounded by white sand beaches, forest-clad hills and volcanic formations. You’ll easily find some of the world’s rarest animals, such as albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins, living at the city’s edge.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS Your Resident Director in Dunedin will introduce you to culturally and historically significant spots and provide you with opportunities to hike the breathtaking landscapes of the city and surrounding area. Through your activities together you will meet Kiwis (New Zealanders) and share experiences that you just cannot find in a tourist travel book or a general tour. Together with the RD, you will go beyond Dunedin’s boundaries. The BCA signature excursion may vary by semester but in the past has included a multi-day orientation and excursion in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, where students visit Parliament and Te Papa (the national museum) and visit a local island to complete a conservation project. ACADEMICS The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious university and is regularly ranked among the top universities in the world. The university offers a rich cultural life, reflecting a diverse international student community and New Zealand’s own multicultural population. With internationally ranked departments in arts and humanities, life sciences and medicine, social sciences and management, it’s the perfect place to take major-specific courses, pursue independent research opportunities, or apply for select internship opportunities. Plus, with the wide variety of disciplines available, you can also enroll in courses to fulfill general education requirements. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Dunedin is the only university town in New Zealand, and it provides you with plenty of opportunities to connect to local people and the environment! Through the fantastic student activities program at The University of Otago, you can join one of the more than 70 societies including dance, hiking, music and sports clubs. Various offices on campus also organize optional trips around the South Island each semester which is a great way to meet new people and experience the diversity of the country. In addition, there are many volunteer opportunities available to connect you with local organizations and community members.
BCA is committed to supporting students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual and gender identity and socio-economic backgrounds, including first-generation college students. Diversity Scholarships provide $1500 towards BCA semester programs and $1000 towards summer programs.
$1000 or $1500
Fall Semester Abroad: March 15 (Award Notification: April 1)
Spring Semester Abroad: October 15 (Award Notification: Nov 1)
Summer Abroad: March 1 (Award Notification: March 15)
To be considered, you must: Currently be enrolled at a U.S. college or university; Be accepted into a BCA program; Complete the BCA Scholarships Application Form; Submit a Financial Aid Letter; and Complete a Short Essay (250 – 500 words). Please see the BCA website for more details.
BCA Study Abroad has committed to increasing the number of study abroad students from diverse ethnic, faith, sexual orientation & gender identity and socio-economic backgrounds. As part of this mission, we strive to make studying abroad affordable for all students by offering various scholarship opportunities for BCA students.
The BCA Semester Scholarship offers a $1,000 scholarship toward the cost of a BCA semester program. Students who are applying to study abroad for a year are eligible to apply for both semesters.
Fall Semester Abroad: March 15
Spring Semester Abroad: October 15
To be considered, you must: Currently be enrolled at a U.S. college or university; Be accepted into a BCA program; Complete the BCA Scholarships Application Form;
Submit a Financial Aid Letter; and Complete a Short Essay (250 – 500 words).
Please see the BCA website for more details.