IFSA: Dunedin - University of Otago

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What Otago has to offer: •New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution •An ideal setting for students interested in great academics and outdoor adventure •A unique student lifestyle in a close-knit community •Interna... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
Based on 15 Reviews
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It was worth wile, gained a lot of really good friends and memories. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 08, 2018 A Growing Experience
I gained a lot more independence. By the end of the semester I could live and travel completely by myself, I felt totally self-sufficient. I also met some great people and made connections that will last for a long time. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned to make the most of my time and to seek out adventure whenever possible. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much more than I could ever put into words... definitely worth every penny - Trinity University View Entire Review
SO worthwhile. I learned that life doesn't have to be stressful. I lived a very nature-centered life here, which is sooo different than back home. I was given the opportunity to hike incredible mountains to see insane views that aren't easily accessible which is such a rewarding feeling. I felt like a pause button had been press... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Introspective thinking led me to better understanding myself. Absolutely the best semester of my life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Most definitely worthwhile. I can't say a lot to a cultural experience, but never before I have I felt so in touch with my own strength and with nature. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I experienced things outside of my comfort zone, made new friends, and had so many once in a lifetime adventures. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I learned so much about being independent and adapting to other cultures and ways of living. I made so many great friends from all over the world who I was able to share my experience with and who easily fell in love with this beautiful country with me. It was the most worthwhile experience of my life. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I am so lucky to have gone abroad. I feel like I have grown so much, gone on so many different adventures, and met so many awesome people that I hope to keep in touch with in the future. Going abroad has given me the courage to go out and try new things and move to new places, especially as the end of college is approaching and ... - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I am more culturally aware and have accepted many new cultures into my life. I am more open and environmentally-aware, and now know that I can deal with so much more than I ever thoguht I could. - Valparaiso University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I've mellowed out during my experience abroad and have come into my own. And I loved my host country! I'm now thinking about possibly working there in a few years. - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was absolutely amazing! I would go back in a heartbeat. It was a thrilling experience to live on the other side of the worl in a beautiful country with so much to offer. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the NZ culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 16, 2017 Just Go With It.
I gained a worldly outlook on life and communication skills. Studying abroad was a challenge, but it paid off. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I gained more outdoor/hiking skills and a greater love for the outdoors. I also learned the importance of independence while in a new place. Sometimes, you have to learn how to be alone somewhere new, before you can learn to feel comfortable around others. It was most definitely worthwhile. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
June 22, 2016 Amazing!
It was absolutely worthwhile! I got more comfortable living and traveling on my own, met some amazing people, and got to explore some of the most beautiful places. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
February 19, 2016 123 Go
Living anywhere new is worthwhile. I had an awesome time experiencing new ways to live life and also what its like to fully settle into a new country and live there for a few months. - Oregon State University View Entire Review
August 08, 2015 Awesome Trip To Nz
Going abroad is definitely worthwhile, milk it for all it's worth, stay as long as you can, travel as often as you can. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I learned a lot about the person I want to be and picked up a number of cool hobbies. It was certainly the most worthwhile experience of my life. - Le Moyne College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
I learned that it's possible for me to be my own person and take care of myself. It was incredibly worthwhile! - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Kiaora!
Very worthwhile! Learned a lot about myself and was shown heaps of love. - Trinity University View Entire Review
As cheesy and cliche as this sounds, you really learn a ton about yourself and what you really want. My life and career goals are clearer than they have ever been before. Though no one really thinks of NZ as the foreign country to travel to since it doesn't have the same pedigree as European countries, you still gain a global ... - Valparaiso University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IFSA-Butler: Dunedin - University of Otago
Yes. I loved it. I traveled a lot, made great friends, and enjoyed learning there. It was a great balance of work, play, and travel. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I saw the world in a new way but all in all in america you really do have it good the people in new zealand and the friends you make are absolutley amazing and even though there were times when I ahd enough of New Zealand culture I would not have changed a thing it is part of their charm more or less - Trinity University View Entire Review

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What Otago has to offer:

•New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution
•An ideal setting for students interested in great academics and outdoor adventure
•A unique student lifestyle in a close-knit community
•International office, student health service, counseling service, theatre, concert hall, gymnasium, audiovisual center and information services center
•A state of the art library with over 2,000 study spaces
•An active student association and many societies and clubs for cultural, athletic, political and academic interests
•Shops, music and entertainment within walking distance
•The second southernmost university in the world with easy access to spectacular scenery and amazing recreation opportunities

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Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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IFSA Scholarships

Any student applying to an IFSA-Butler program can apply for our general scholarship awards, which are $500 for a summer program, $1,500 for semester study, and $2,000 for the full year. We also offer special opportunities such as First Generation College Student scholarships and a Fill the GAP study abroad savings program that matches contributions up to $1,000.

$2,000

Deadlines:
Coincides with program deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Any student who applies for an IFSA-Butler program may apply for a scholarship by completing a scholarship application. This is separate from the general IFSA-Butler program application.

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