University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's first, established in 1869 in Dunedin City, the wildlife capital of the country. Otago has campuses throughout the country, in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill, while Dunedin’s main campu... read more

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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
Lots of real-life skills (dealing with a broken car, cooking, organizing trips, living on your own, shopping on a budget). - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I would not do it again given the chance, my semesters at Wellesley have been much more fulfilling. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review 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
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
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 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
Past Review Rugby
Learned how to live on my own - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned about myself and I grew stronger as a person - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got to learn so much about a new culture and how life works on the other side of the world. I created the most incredible friendships and connections with people I didnt even know was possible. It was the most worthwhile thing I have done in my life so far. - Florida Gulf Coast University View Entire Review
Past Review 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

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The University of Otago is New Zealand's first, established in 1869 in Dunedin City, the wildlife capital of the country. Otago has campuses throughout the country, in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill, while Dunedin’s main campus is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world. Nestled within Dunedin’s gorgeous scenery, Otago is enveloped by nature and is on the doorstep of many of New Zealand’s famed natural environments – with the South Island travelable in a day. For the adventure seeking study abroad student, Otago makes the duality of study and travel highly appealing and accessible. 

Dunedin is Australasia’s only true student city, and provides an unmatched residential campus lifestyle. More than 20,000 students live, work and study in Dunedin city, maintaining a highly social and lively student community. Experience a true “kiwi” student lifestyle and live alongside local students in the suburbs surrounding campus. Many study abroad students move into the University Flats (UniFlats), which are fully furnished, totally integrated within the local student neighbourhood, and even come with a “Kiwi Host” student. 
 
With most majors accommodated for study abroad, experience a world-class education at the top ranked university for international student learning in New Zealand (2019 International Student Barometer). Otago graduates are globally employable, with 95% transitioning directly into work or further study, recognised for their academic excellence and research skills. 
 
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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Food Science, Food Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • International Business Law
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Botany, Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology, Anatomy
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Neurobiology, Neurosciences
  • Marine Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Finance, Financial Services
  • Marketing
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1869
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