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University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Calendar Year,
Year (SH)
Host University Website: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 08/06/2015 11/07/2015
Year (SH) 2015-2016 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 07/06/2015 05/17/2016
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Apartments, Residence Halls
Language Courses Offered: Yes Internships Available: No
Exchange Program: No
Program Description:


Students should complete the University flats application by November 14th to be guaranteed housing. Students CAN apply for housing before completing their study abroad application.

Application for housing:  

Program Overview   Academics   Logistics   Program Cost

Program Overview

Students in any major have an opportunity to gain international experience studying and traveling in New Zealand while earning credit toward their degree program. The University of Otago, founded in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council, is New Zealand's oldest university with 20,000 full and part-time students including students from many different countries.

In addition to general education courses that can be used in any major, students may be able to find courses they can use in the professional component of their degree program. Most students will be able to earn 12 credits towards their degree requirements.

It provides the full range of academic and recreational facilities including modern computing facilities, access to email, sports facilities and residence halls.

Location: Otago University is located in the city of Dunedin, (population 120,000) in the province of Otago on New Zealand’s South Island.  Dunedin is located on the ocean with bush covered hills and valleys.  Central Otago experiences extreme seasons that allow for snow sports in the winter and water sports in the summer. 

By renting cars or using the efficient bus system, students may explore all of New Zealand, an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.  Mountains, fjords, coastlines, rivers, and volcanoes make up New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, and along with its modern cities and strong native culture, provide students with countless opportunities for recreation and education.

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Students, should work with their program director or academic adviser to choose 3-4 papers (classes) from about 45 different areas of study that can be used to meet general education or other degree requirements. The method of instruction is similar to that in the U.S., but students are typically expected to do more independent work outside of class.

Grades are typically based more on written work and a large exam at the end of the semester rather than on periodic quizzes. In general students studying in New Zealand need to be a mature, self-directed, and have excellent writing and thinking skills to have a good learning experience abroad.

Please see a list of courses in the Guide to Enrolment:   



Accomodation: The International Office at the University of Otago provides a guarantee of accommodation placement services to all international students who receive an academic offer.

There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer an independent lifestyle or enjoy living in a community.

International students who are accepted for a residential college are expected to be active participants in the social, cultural and recreational programs organized by the residents' association.


Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in New Zealand. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.

Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in New Zealand. The current cost of a visa is free to U.S. citizens. The Office of International Education can assist you with this process.

Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from New Zealand. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in New Zealand before or after the program.

Program Cost

To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.

We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.