New Zealand Study Abroad

You've seen the beauty of New Zealand in Lord of the Rings, now experience it for yourself! Sunny beaches, ice glaciers, and lush rainforests are just a few of the pristine locations to explore. Enjoy skiing to surfing, skydiving to bungee jumping, hiking to kayaking, and much more!

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Semester on the North Island, New Zealand
Semester on the North Island, New Zealand New Zealand

Live in this sea-side, metropolitan city with more cafés per capita than New York City. Take a broad range of courses from environmental science to Maori culture, and enjoy the boundless adventure opportunities nearby.

Semester on the South Island, New Zealand
Semester on the South Island, New Zealand New Zealand

From sea kayaking and mountaineering to wine tasting and sheep shearing, you’ll love all that the South Island has to offer. Your Kiwi host (local New Zealand student) will show you around your new home at the country’s oldest university.

New Zealand is a breath-takingly beautiful country, with lush landscapes, a beautiful coastline, scenic mountain ranges, and the Middle-earth scenery appearing in the Lord of the Rings films. New Zealand is also a warm and welcoming, English-speaking country. Many would think of New Zealand as a laid-back, and somewhat quaint nation, perhaps due to the fact that sheep outnumber people, but New Zealanders, or Kiwis, are a lively, adventure-seeking bunch.  

Study abroad in New Zealand for a semester on either the North or South Island! What's the difference between the North and South Islands of New Zealand you may ask? Here's a quick rundown:

  • The North Island is more densely populated and home to relatively large cities such as Wellington - the "San Francisco of New Zealand" and home of Semester on the North Island - and Auckland - the country's largest city at nearly 1.5 million residents
  • The North Island has a more prevalent Maori culture, the native culture of Pacific island heritage
  • The South Island is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and exceptional outdoor adventure opportunities
  • The South Island has a larger European influence, as places like Dunedin (location of Semester on the South Island) still celebrate their Scottish heritage.


If you choose to study on the North Island, you’ll live in Wellington, the country’s capital city. You can study in a wide variety of courses at a university that warmly receives thousands of international students every term. On the South Island, you’ll study at the University of Otago, one of the few residential universities in New Zealand that receives Kiwis from around the country and students from around the world. Finally, you can also choose to do a J-Term or Winter Break program through our January in New Zealand program, which also takes place at the same university on the South Island.