Semester on the South Island, 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.

Semester on the South Island offers 2 semesters, February to June and July to November. The University is well recognized for the quality of its research and teaching and is one of the few universities in the world where the main activity of its host city, Dunedin, is education. You will be able to choose subjects from across the University’s curriculum and attend classes alongside New Zealand students.

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 a wide variety of disciplines, including business, humanities, sciences, and health sciences. Please note that study abroad students typically are not permitted to take “papers,” aka classes, from the following degree areas: Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy.  

Course load: 3–4 “papers,” or classes (12–16 US credits). You can take up to 4 papers.

Course approval:  It is best to get 7–8 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,” aka courses, offered at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. The 200- and 300-level papers are often equivalent to courses that you would take in your junior and senior years in the US. They will have prerequisites. Papers above the 300 level are graduate-level.

Semester 1 in New Zealand is considered spring semester in the US, and Semester 2 is considered fall semester. A number of papers are listed as whole-year. You may enroll for these papers only if you intend to enroll for 2 semesters starting in Semester 1.