University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

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  • Location(s): Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Graduate Program, Research

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's first, established in 1869 in the city of Dunedin. The university has grown with the city, and today education is the main activity of the city, with 20,000 of the population of 120,000 being students at Ot... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.3
Based on 41 Reviews
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A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
I learned to really go out of my comfort zone and be open to try anything. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live independently, manage expenses, and cook for myself full time. I learned the importance of working with others and relying on others and to seek friendships because everyone is starting over for a semester and wants to make friends while they are there. I learned to be a better advocate for what I wanted to... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 24, 2020 Isolating
Independence but was very lonely - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Worthwhile because it rekindled my love of America by making me experience a different country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of self confidence, personal awareness, knowledge about what I have to do and what I'm willing to do to stay fit and healthy, and a general idea of what I may want to do with my life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself: what makes me happy, who I want to spend time with, and how much I love to travel. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained so many friends from across the US, NZ, and the world. I learned a lot about New Zealand itself through living there but also through classes. I got to experience the feel of a large university. I would repeat this semester over again in a heartbeat. One of the best decisions I ever made, and probably the best 5 months ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
May 22, 2019 Sick
International experience - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I continued to refine my ability to adjust to new cultures and locations around the world. This was a very worthwhile experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent, how to navigate through unfamiliar places on my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to enjoy and appreciate the little things more especially your friendships and the world we live in. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I relied on myself completely and was able to get to know people from all over the world. I hope to go back someday soon! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
May 02, 2018 Rugby
Learned how to live on my own - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Exploring a country on your own/with friends is extremely interesting and exciting. I learned so much about myself through that experience - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Independence, how to stay calm and how to spend time alone. Completely worth it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 13, 2020 Lots Of Exploring
How to live on my own, cook, buy and sell a car, explore new places - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was really challenging in the beginning but working through it was really good for me. Saw the same experience in friends - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
August 13, 2019 I'd Go Back
I gained some great friends, some sick calves from hiking all over the South Island, and a ridiculous amount of fun facts about the Resource Management Act of 1991 - Middlebury College View Entire Review
more independence and confidence in living alone and abroad in a new place with new people yes - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A new appreciation for taking my time and enjoying being in the present, the world's most beautiful views, new friends, and a university experience completely different from Wellesley. Definitely worthwhile - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 26, 2019 A Semester In Dunedin
I learned that in order to efficiently get around in New Zealand you must have a car. It is a pain to work with the bus systems and many hiking spots are off main roads. New Zealand needs to work on implementing more sustainable travel systems. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
undoubtedly worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and what I (actually want to) value/ missed and appreciate while I was away, became more independent - learning how to cook, travel, etc. on my own, made a lot of new friends (didn't go abroad with any because I wanted to do my own thing), pushed myself out of my comfort zone ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
So worthwhile. An important break from my home university, and also very developmental for me to be on the otherside of the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned about another culture, how to be an adult, and a lot about myself. It was worthwhile and I wish I had spent a year abroad. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Comparing my two semesters abroad, I learned how different experiences can be. Yes, always worthwhile! There is so much to see and learn from- looking inward and outward. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's first, established in 1869 in the city of Dunedin. The university has grown with the city, and today education is the main activity of the city, with 20,000 of the population of 120,000 being students at Otago. The extremely beautiful campus is only 10 minutes' walk of the city centre. Dunedin is Australasia's only true student city, and provides an unmatched residential campus life living in the neighbourhoods with local students so you can have a true "kiwi" student experience.  Dunedin is also on the doorstep many of New Zealand's famed natural environments, from golden sand beaches complete with penguin residents, to vineyards, towering alpine peaks, impressive fjords, and glaciers tumbling through pristine sub-tropical rainforest. The south of the South Island is sure to hold great appeal for the adventure seeking study abroad student.  Otago is a comprehensive university of more than 20,000 students: most majors can be accommodated for study abroad. Students can choose to study abroad at the University of Otago as a direct enrol student or through a programme, please confirm with your home university which Otago programme/s they will approve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Graduate Program
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1869
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