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Landscape shot of purple Lupins with a view of Lake Tekapo in South Island, New Zealand.

Program at a Glance

University of Otago

Country or area New Zealand
City Dunedin
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

In cozy Dunedin, get a glimpse of life in a typical New Zealand town. The historical coastal city offers a lively nightlife and easy access to beaches, hiking, and extraordinary wildlife such as seals, penguins, and a world-famous colony of Royal Albatross. At the University of Otago you can pursue studies in your major in science, health sciences, humanities, or commerce. Given the university’s research collaborations with the Pacific Islanders of the South Island, it’s also a great program for exploring indigenous arts and Maori studies. With its eclectic history, Dunedin is a unique city among the more touristed locations in the country.

Where you'll study

The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university, is located in a residential district close to Dunedin’s town center. An impressive Gothic-revival style building standing on campus gives it a classic European feel. Otago enrolls more than 21,000 students in divisions of Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences. ​The campus lifestyle at Otago has been consistently ranked well among students, in part due to the University of Otago’s multitude of clubs and societies as well as its friendly community atmosphere. With the ocean and harbor on one side of Dunedin and rugged mountains on the other, you’ll have easy access to water skiing, sea kayaking, and sailing as well as snow sports.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.

Trip and tour of the South Island’s mountains, lakes, and glaciers

Visit Queenstown, the adventure sports capital of the world

Join a student-led volunteer project at Otago’s Social Impact Studio