About the University of Otago

Picture a campus with delightful old stone buildings intermingled with modern and avant-garde architecture, with "The Water of Leith" stream meandering through the middle, and you have the University of Otago: academic excellence in an environment that encourages a balance between study and recreation.

With over 20,000 students, you'll find thousands of courses available to you in subjects from accounting to zoology. Of particular interest to study abroad students have been courses that take advantage of the university's unique geographical location and involve fieldwork in subjects like geology, anthropology, and ecology. With strong courses in political science, classics, film studies, business, psychology and public health, there's a lot more on offer than just courses in the sciences. Research centers include topics in the social sciences and humanities like the Children's Issue Centre, to science centers like Neuroscience and Marine Science.

Most students take 3 or 4 courses per semester and each course is usually worth 18 points/4.5 US credits. You are free to take courses across departments as long as you meet any necessary prerequisites.

Learning at Otago does not end when class ends. The lively campus, active clubs and societies and the vibrant city of Dunedin all provide opportunities to immerse yourself in New Zealand academic and social life. On the edge of campus is the Forsyth Barr stadium with a fabulous purpose-built student recreation centre Unipol where students can work out but also hire locator beacons for hiking and surf/ski equipment.

All our students are housed in University Flats. These houses and apartments are within a ten to fifteen minute walk of the university and offer you the opportunity to live with New Zealanders (Kiwis) and other international students. You'll share the cooking and cleaning duties and have an opportunity to learn from one another over meals and through socializing together.

Given all the learning and social opportunities that Otago presents both in and out of the classroom, it is no surprise that it's such a popular study abroad destination.