Choose from a wide range of courses at New Zealand's first and oldest university

Best known for environmental science, law, geology, and political studies, you’ll find thousands of courses available in subjects ranging from anthropology, film & media studies, and theatre studies to ecology, genetics, biochemistry, bioethics, business, and physical education. New Zealand is ranked No. 1 in world for student teaching, which is reflected in the University of Otago’s unique internships, service learning and practicum courses for education students.

Many science courses use the environment around Otago as their laboratory and involve a field study component creating opportunities to get out and experience the real New Zealand. Regardless of the courses you choose, you can expect to look at the world in new ways.

I got a deeper appreciation for Maori traditions and society as well as for Pacific Islander culture. My time in New Zealand has helped me gain a better perspective of life in a smaller island community. ”

Peter Bautz

Grinnell College Student, University of Otago

  • The lively campus, active clubs and societies and the vibrant city of Dunedin all provide opportunities to immerse yourself in New Zealand academic life.

  • Recognized for a strong commitment to international education, the International Office provides a wealth of support to visiting students.

  • Dunedin is the quintessential university city. Modelled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Take advantage of New Zealand's position as No.1 in the world in student teaching - complete a practicum with hands-on experience in the classroom through the College of Education at Otago, ranked first in New Zealand for Performance Based Research Funding.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2015 TBA TBA 27-36 $33,970 11/15/2014 More Info
Spring 2015 2/6/2015 6/18/2015 13.5-18 $19,400 11/15/2014 More Info
Fall 2015 6/25/2015 11/8/2015 14-16 $17,850 3/15/2015 More Info
Academic Year 2015 6/25/2015 6/16/2016 28-32 $31,280 3/15/2015 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details


New Zealand

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Location Type

Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in New Zealand are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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