January in New Zealand

Escape the winter blues with summer in the Southern Hemisphere! World- class academics, a youthful city, and the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand await!

We offer a wide variety of courses at a world-renowned university. While other universities often fall short with their summer offerings, on January in New Zealand, you will be able to select courses from across the University’s wide curriculum. Plus, you’ll be dodging winter by studying abroad in the Southern Hemisphere.

We know New Zealand, and we want to share our knowledge with you. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad. From sea kayaking and mountaineering to wine tasting and sheep shearing, we love all New Zealand has to offer. We are committed to helping you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime overseas experience.

We offer the most affordable study abroad option in Dunedin, right on the South Island. We want you to enjoy your time in New Zealand, but we don’t want you to break the bank while studying abroad. Extra savings mean extra money for traveling, shopping, and hanging out so you can get the most out of your winter abroad in New Zealand. 

When you spend your winter abroad in New Zealand, you'll be a student at New Zealand’s oldest university, the University of Otago. Be part of a distinguished educational experience in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. You will enjoy dynamic faculty members and unique courses in the cultural capital of New Zealand’s South Island. Start getting excited about:

New Zealand’s topography – Beautiful sand beaches, bush-clad hills, and tidal inlets are close to your apartment in Dunedin.   

World-class academics – It’s official. Our January in New Zealand takes place at  the University of Otago which is highly regarded for the quality of research produced by its students and internationally recognized for advancements in higher education. You will be able to take courses in business, economics, geography, art history, modern languages, Maori studies, and the sciences during your winter term study abroad in New Zealand.

A climate and location conducive to being outdoors – Dunedin is an excellent gateway to Central Otago and Fiordland, where opportunities abound for hiking, skiing, water sports, adventure tourism (including bungee jumping), and admiring the spectacular landscapes. Dunedin’s coastal location and climate are ideal for a wide range of sports and other recreational pursuits.

Summer concerts, festivals, and sports events – During the program, many exciting events are taking place in Dunedin. You will be able to attend the Dunedin Summer Festival, the New Zealand Masters Games, and numerous cricket matches.

The cosmopolitan city of Dunedin – Dunedin is the second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and the principal city of the Otago region. For historical, cultural, and geographic reasons, Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s 4 major urban centers. Numerous shopping districts, eateries, cafés, and night-owl venues mean you’ll always be entertained. 

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in New Zealand, then check out our January in New Zealand program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this winter term study abroad program unique.

  • Escape your winter by studying in New Zealand during their summer
  • Beaches, coastline, mountains, and wilderness outside your door
  • Located in the heart of Lord of the Rings country on the South Island.
  • Life in a bustling, cosmopolitan city
  • Courses at the oldest university in New Zealand
  • Summer concerts, festivals, and sports events
  • Diverse student body with international students
  • Earn up to 6 credits on a 6-week program
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus
  • AACSB accredited Business School

The January in New Zealand program will take place over 6 weeks between early January and mid-February. You will study at the oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago, an institution well recognized for the quality of its research and teaching. It is one of the few universities in the world where the main activity of its host city, Dunedin, is education. You will earn 6 credits during the program, and you will be free to choose subjects from an array of disciplines.

GPA Required: 3.0. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. You can choose courses in the following academic areas: Art History, Business and Economics, Geography, Maori Studies, Modern Languages, and Sciences.

Course load: 2 papers (courses) (8 US credits)

Course approval:  It is best to get 3 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: Click here to view all courses offered.

Timetables: Timetables are included in the description of each course.

How to read the University of Otago course catalog:
You will find “papers,” or courses, offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level papers are often equivalent to courses you would take in your junior and senior years in the US. They will have prerequisites. Papers above the 300 level are graduate-level.

Select courses offered in Dunedin only. You’ll note that some course have other locations listed after the course name, for example Auckland or Wellington.

Your January in New Zealand will be spent in Dunedin, a city on the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. The mid-sized city isn’t overwhelming, with its population of 120,000, but is also large enough that you’ll never be bored. If you’re looking for some bragging rights, you can tell people that Dunedin is home to Baldwin Street, what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the the steepest street in the world (that doesn’t mean you’ll have to walk up it!) 

Dunedin is one of the adventure capitals of the world! It’s home to some of the most awesome hiking, skiing, water sports, bungee jumping, adventure tourism, and incredible landscapes in the world. The city’s location on the coast means that you will never run out of activities to pursue!

Sports- especially rugby- are a huge part of New Zealanders’ (also called Kiwi’s) lives. You can take part in the fun and exciting rugby culture by cheering on the local team at games, or even playing on an intramural rugby team at the university.

During your January in New Zealand, you’ll be studying at the University of Otago. Founded in 1869, it’s New Zealand’s oldest university. The campus is only a short walk away from the bustling city center, where you can explore everything Dunedin has to offer. University of Otago is known as the most research-intensive university in New Zealand, and its stellar academics cater to students in the medical, biomedical, biological, and natural science fields. However, there are also many opportunities for students studying liberal arts, law, and business!

Of the university’s 20,000 students, 1,000 are international students from over 100 different countries. Dunedin’s small size means that about 20 percent of the population is made up of college students- it’s an ideal college town! The city revolves around the university, and provides a great chance to befriend both locals and other international students.

The university also offers opportunities to volunteer and do service learning work. You can learn more about native Maori New Zealand culture, and give back to your new community!

At CISabroad, we are dedicated to providing support during all parts of your study abroad experience. When you first arrive, you’ll take part in an extensive orientation program that will introduce you to the city and the campus. We suggest joining the International Student Mentor Program, which will pair new international students with senior international and local students. You’ll be able to integrate more smoothly into New Zealand life, and will be able to meet new friends right off the bat!

The staff at the university provides lots of opportunities for you to join in on different events and activities. You can take part in internal competitions including table tennis, foosball, portrait painting, basketball, darts, puzzle making, poker, chess, and many more! There are also “open mic” nights where you can show off your musical skills. 

The university’s Student Association, OUSA, supports over 100 sports, arts, cultural and faith groups. You could join a rugby club, an outdoors club, a student improv association, or almost anything else you could think of- no matter what you join, you’ll make new friends who share similar interests. Get involved and get the most out of your time in New Zealand!

January in New Zealand has an amazing housing plan. While studying at the University of Otago, you will be housed at Saint Margaret's College, a University of Otago residence hall, located right in the heart of the Otago campus. St. Margaret's College prides itself on its grounds and buildings. One of the first things you will notice when you enter St. Margaret’s (after you've walked up the path to the beautiful old brick building, through the stunning garden) is the amount of artwork that adorns the walls.  Each floor of the residence hall has a kitchen with a fridge and freezer, microwave, stove, oven, ironing board and iron, and storage space for plates, utensils, and snacks, and residents of the college will have access to the wireless network.  The kitchen areas are the social hub of each floor in the hall and provide students with a great communal space to get to know one another, which can only enhance your study abroad experience! 

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for January in New Zealand can be found on the Price and dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for January in New Zealand are due on December 1st. 

CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For January in New Zealand, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For January in New Zealand, you WILL NOT need a visa.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For January in New Zealand, the GPA requirement is 3.0. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options?

For January in New Zealand, you will be housed at Saint Margaret's College, a University of Otago residence hall located right in the heart of the Otago campus.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will take 2 "papers" or courses for 8 U.S. credits. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

CISabroad’s Site Director in New Zealand:

Alexandra Hill (Alex) was born in Perth, Western Australia and spent the first two years of her life in Lae, Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia. Although born in Australia, she considers herself more a Kiwi, as she has lived in New Zealand for most of her life and now calls Wellington home. 

Alex has worked in international education for twelve years, nine working directly with US study abroad students and more recently with scholarship students. She feels privileged to have also supported students from Africa, South East Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific. At the start of 2014, Alex commenced a Masters in International Development at Victoria University of Wellington and is particularly interested in scholarship programmes and the role international education plays in development.

In 2011, Alex and her family moved to Singapore where they lived for two years. Living and working cross-culturally furthered her understanding of the challenges that international students face when studying overseas. Although demanding at times, living and travelling in Asia, sampling amazing food and making friends with people from all over the globe was a fantastic experience, which like studying abroad, has had a marked impact on Alex, her husband and children’s lives.

Travel is one of Alex’s favourite activities, but even when she is not travelling she furthers her knowledge of other cultures through reading, listening to current affairs, meeting international students, volunteering and through cooking international dishes. Having two boys keeps her active and as a family they enjoy wharf jumping, swimming, day walks and exploring the outdoors. 

Alex looks forward to welcoming the CISabroad students intending to study in New Zealand and will be on hand to provide support during the semester, as well as hosting a range of excursions that will give students a real taste of New Zealand’s unique culture and landscape.

Term: January 2017
Arrival January 7
CISabroad Orientation January 7-8
Classes Start January 10
Classes End February 19
Departure February 25
Application Deadline November 1
Term: January 2017 Price: $6,490 - $9,090 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising 
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation 
  • Airport pickup 
  • University of Otago orientation 
  • On-site support 
  • University of Otago official transcript 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.