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 theater studies to ecology, genetics, biochemistry, bioethics, business, psychology 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. It also has one of only two medical schools in the country. 

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 realized that no matter how much I have learned in school, there are certain things that can never be taught inside a classroom. ”

Christi Westlin

Hamilton 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
Fall 2016 6/30/2016 11/13/2016 13.5-18 $16,740 3/15/2016 More Info
Academic Year 2016 6/30/2016 6/22/2017 27-36 $29,240 3/15/2016 More Info
Spring 2017 2/14/2017 6/22/2017 13.5-18 $17,110 11/15/2016 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2017 2/14/2017 11/12/2017 27-36 $30,140 11/15/2016 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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New Zealand

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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.


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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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