Study in New Zealand's oldest university town

This program is Suspended for Spring 2021. Students are encouraged to apply for a future term or to consider an alternative program for the spring:

Students should contact their program manager to discuss these recommendations as well as others that may be more appropriate.

The University of Otago is the oldest university in New Zealand, and the only university in the country where 85% of the Kiwi students are from outside Dunedin. Most students are housed on the streets within a mile radius of the campus, making for a warm and socially vibrant student community. Everyone makes friends at Otago.

Dunedin is perched near the end of the South Island with penguin colonies and seals on nearby shores. It is within easy reach of the Lord of the Rings scenery of Central Otago which is much favored by hikers and skiers.

Otago students take advantage of the plethora of courses in the sciences and humanities. Favored subject areas include geology, environmental science, marine science, exercise science, neuroscience and psychology in the sciences. And philosophy, religious studies, theatre studies, Māori studies, education, film and media studies, and anthropology and archeology in the arts and humanities. 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

  • University of Otago is a social hub with many opportunities for live music and theatre, and has traditions of its own including Wednesday night at Refuel.

  • There are over 140 clubs and societies. Some of the most popular among our students are the tramping (hiking) club and snow sports club.

  • Our Otago staff in New Zealand are happy to link you to UniCrew and other volunteer organizations and opportunities.

  • University of Otago is regularly ranked alongside Oxford and Cambridge as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Modeled on Edinburgh in Scotland, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2019 6/26/2019 11/10/2019 13.5-18 $17,520 3/15/2019 More Info
Academic Year 2019 6/26/2019 6/18/2020 27-36 $32,670 3/15/2019 More Info
Spring 2020 2/10/2020 6/18/2020 13.5-18 $17,980 11/15/2019 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2020 2/10/2020 11/8/2020 27-36 $32,690 11/15/2019 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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Location Type

Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. 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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