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 4.4
Based on 62 Reviews
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I would not do it again given the chance, my semesters at Wellesley have been much more fulfilling. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 30, 2017 Love Of My Life
I think my self- confidence in general improved. I don't know how or why, but it did. I gained lifetime friends, tons of memories and experiences. I discovered a newfound passion for travelling and hiking, and discovered that I'm more adaptable than I thought I was. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned self-sufficiency (how to cook) and other great things about a different culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I was definitely worthwhile. I would not be able to spend that much time abroad, especially in a place as far as New Zealand, at another point in my life, so I was really grateful to be able to do that. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained such an appreciation for exploring other countries and meeting people all over the world. I have so many new friends and cherished memories. This experience is easily one of the best of my life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and so much about the joy of travel and the outdoors. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a new place and new people and made great friends. Yes. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I saw and experienced so much of New Zealand and its culture, and I expect some of the things that I learned will stay with me for the rest of my life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about self-reliance and cooking. You have to adhere to a budget and you have to cook for yourself and likely others. The hikes and trips with limited phone reception was a ton of fun and you had to think on your feet a lot of the time. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
yes worthwhile, i learned to focus less on school and enjoy the experience from a social standpoint - Middlebury College View Entire Review
How to adapt to little changes, how to travel on a budget; also picked up a new hobby or two - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Independence, personal growth, practical skills, traveling skills - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself, what I'm comfortable with, what makes me happy. I gained experience with a different method of schooling from a large university - something I never would've been exposed to if I hadn't gone abroad. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 12, 2017 Alright
I learned about New Zealand history and politics. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
I gained confidence in myself to immerse myself, alone, in a completely new environment and come out a better person. I learned from the kiwis to love life, to take risks, to be carefree and to have a sense of humor about everything, and to not get so wound up about politics. I learned from the land that there are beautiful gems... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I loved being able to explore the South Island - it is unbelievably beautiful. The people I met along the way were great. Being at a larger university was also valuable. I felt that I was able to focus my time/attention on subject material that I was interested in. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned more about myself than about academics, that's for sure. It was the most worthwhile experience I've ever had in my 21 years on this planet. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I think I gained knowledge about different worldviews, a new culture, new perspective on who I am as a person, and a lot of new and exciting experiences. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 11, 2017 Time For Adventures
I learned a lot about how people view america who don't live here and have somewhat similar styles of life. It was very interesting to be there during this past election cycle -this resulted in some very interesting conversations. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
December 30, 2016 Adventures Abroad
Knowledge of the country and amazing experiences adventuring. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself. How I work in a larger school, a co-ed school for that matter. How much I value the outdoors and what it means to me to be able to apply what I've learned in the classroom to my leisurely hikes. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My experience gave me a better sense of what I appreciated about my small college (especially the smaller class sizes). It was also a growing experience in terms of learning about the people and culture, and of course, the ability to experience the natural beauty that is New Zealand! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a hell of a lot more about myself. I learned how to take care of myself in a foreign country, how to cook my own food, how to handle a trip, etc. I came back a very different person, for the better I think, even if I didn't particularly enjoy my semester - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A great experience. I am more worldly. I know more about a different culture than my own. . - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I got to experience some incredible hiking and places in New Zealand, as well as learn how to navigate a strange and at times confusing academic system. - Middlebury 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):
  • Psychology
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1869
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