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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OVERALL RATING 4.0
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I had a fabulous time learning to navigate around New Zealand, fully embracing my outdoorsy side, making new friends, gaining confidence travelling alone. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
If I had to do it all over again, I might pick a place with sunnier, warmer weather where I could do outdoors things all the time and there was a bit more cultural difference. If you don't really wish for rich culture, want to live in a small town, and don't mind constant rain, go to Dunedin! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Independence, and how to plan trips. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I got to know a lot of really great people from all over the world. I did some magnificent hiking, and had a great time! Saw tons of penguins, seals, and sea lions. I also got my first taste of traveling solo, and found it an enjoyable and empowering experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A lot of personal reflection time. It was fun being independent - cooking for myself and keeping my own schedule - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much from my experience and made so many lifelong friendships (hopefully)! It was absolutely worthwhile- I think everyone should go to New Zealand. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
How to live alone in a foreign country, how to figure out travel plans, how to budget for living expenses. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained the opportunity to see maybe the most beautiful country in the world. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was great to get a new perspective on my major and be able to live in an environment very different from Wellesley. I think I gained a new sense of independence and really benefitted from meeting many new people and traveling around New Zealand. The hiking around South Island is pretty accessible from Dunedin and made for man... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Gained a bunch of social experience just by meeting so many different kinds of people. Definitely became much more self sufficient (its something else being on your own in a different country). Of course gained a bunch of incredible experiences and knowledge opening up my imagination even more. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a lot and became more independent as a person. It was my first time living in a foreign country without anyone that I knew. I was nervous to be alone at first but learned that if you submerge yourself in all that being abroad has to offer, you figure it out quickly! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of the world around me but felt very trapped on the island. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile; a once in a lifetime experience. Learned so much about the relationship between America and foreign countries and I learned a lot about New Zealand culture. I also learned to be independent and entertain/care for myself for 5 months. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
So worthwhile - best semester of my life. The people became some of my best friends and the country is indescribable. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
The experience was a very personal one for me. I learned a lot about myself while away and for that, I would definitely say it was very worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Studying abroad in Dunedin was definitely worthwhile! I was given the opportunity to explore and have fun without the typical stress of a college student schedule. On several occasions I was given the opportunity to put school aside and play for a week at a time. I grew in ways and learned new things that I typically wouldn't be... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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I became more independent - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learn a new way of living and gained a better understanding of what people value. I realized that I take many things for granted but developed a new appreciation for those things. I was able to explore new territories and create lasting friendships. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became much more independent and learned how to fully take care of myself. I learned a lot of hiking and camping skills. I learned a lot about wildlife and where my interests lie in biology. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It's better to treat it like you've just moved there than to treat it like a vacation. I believe I got more out of the experience because I tried to create more meaningful relationships with the people. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a wealth of new experiences and new friends. It was the best decision I have made. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
Very worthwhile. Gained a lot of confidence, independence, good friends, awesome experiences with nature, and greater ability to live in a household with people. It broke the ice for traveling and made me feel like I can go anywhere I want to. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Absolutely. I gained time spent in another country. I did a lot of yoga and saw a lot of places. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A better appreciation of the world - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got out of rural vermont for a semester. Yes - 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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