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 definitely learned a lot more about myself. I learned more about what I need to do to stay happy. I also came to appreciate my home and Middlebury a lot more, while also seeing some of the flaws of home. It was definitely, without a doubt worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got to travel an entire country and see every terrain possible. It was definitely worthwhile and I would highly suggest anyone to go to NZ. I learned a lot about the culture and the great outdoors. I loved that it is not very populated. The open country and mountains made the experience amazing! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
People are just people no matter where you go, even living in a completely different culture I still felt like I could easily fit into this part of the world if I were to live here permanently. I saw so many beautiful landscapes and scenery that I will never forget. It was 100% worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile. I learned that I am stronger than I think I am. I learned that I can live very well independently. And I further instilled my love for travel. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes, yes, and yes. The Maori worldview is beautiful, and we should all take a lesson from them. The biculturalism inherent to their history was new to me, and it's nice to see a country that is trying hard to embrace it's indigenous roots and heritage. As far as how it's impacted me, I'd say that I better understand foreign p... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Yes, it was extremely worthwhile. I learned how to be completely independent - paying rent, cooking for myself, paying for utilities, balancing schoolwork and travel, without anyone checking in on me or telling me what to do. We planned our own trips and I found a strength inside me while summiting Mt. Doom or hiking on the acti... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I gained awareness of how other people feel about Americans. Learned so much about myself and my abilities. It really helped me mature and find my own way. - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review
Yes. I gained life skills and knowledge, I learned how to cook, to better socialize, to be more patient, and about a whole other country and its people. I already had a love for travel, but my study abroad just cemented my love for meeting people and learning about new cultures. I am definitely wanting to go abroad again for ... - Western Oregon University View Entire Review
yes would have liked to go to a different city in New Zealand though - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review
It helped me to see another culture from a different perspective. As a tourist,you see one view, but as a student you get to understand more a local sense. - University of Hawaii - Manoa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Direct Enrollment: Dunedin - University Of Otago
I just want to do more because I now know what's possible. I want to learn, i want to teach, I want to have fun, I want to work, I want to meet people, I want to spend time with the people I know. - University of Hawaii - Manoa View Entire Review
Academically it was good and enlightening. But meeting that many internationals and getting a better view of your place in the world was really what it this turned out to be about. And that's what I got. Euro trip in a few years to visit all those friends is going to be epic! - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review
It was worthwhile. It taught me how to be independent, self sufficient, and more outgoing with different kinds of people. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I gained a massive appreciation for the wonder of nature. New Zealand has an extremely low population density, especially on the South Island, which makes it unique to the States in that so much of the country is available for protection and a lot of it is now. I also learned that New Zealand is not a particularly green country,... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own for the first time, and I saw/did things that I will never see or do again. Worthwhile is an understatement. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This whole experience was very worth while. I learned a lot about myself, about other cultures perspective of the US, and about alternative lifestyles than that one I led back home. Studying abroad will challenge what you think you know about yourself, and will shape you into a better and more understanding person. - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
Yes, I gained confidence and independence. I loved it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became more responsible and better at taking initiative. It has also made me a more adventurous and outgoing person, because I had to do everything on my own will if I wanted to have any fun. I gained an interesting perspective on how people treat life on the other side of the world, and it will forever affect how I live my li... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I gained a lot of knowledge about who I am and what I am interested in doing in my life. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
The experience was definitely worth while, it impacted my cultural awareness of many different backgrounds. I learned from both the academics and the social experience I shared with other interational students and the locals. Though my academic interests did not change, I am now seeing my fields of interest in a worldwide perspe... - University of California - Merced View Entire Review
Living in an apartment where everyone is in the same situation. - University of Oregon View Entire Review
YES. I loved it!!! I discovered what I want to study in grad school/do for the rest of my life, I am planning on going back to NZ for a postdoc or a permanent job. Learning Maori was eye-opening, the culture is so different and there are many concepts you cannot understand except in Maori. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome
Absolutely. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment/Exchange
More than worthwhile academically because research at Otago Uni is renowned and lecturers are awesome! I plan to live in New Zealand one day because of this abroad experience. - The University of Texas at Austin 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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