Program Overview

Study in Dunedin at the world-class University of Otago—New Zealand’s oldest university. Nestled along the southeast coast of the South Island, Dunedin will serve as your gateway to New Zealand’s many natural wonders. Explore the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, trek through jungles of dense bush, and catch some rays on the beautiful, white sand beaches. The Semester on the South Island, New Zealand program invites you to become part of a distinguished educational experience in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. With numerous shopping districts, eateries, cafés, and night-owl venues, you’ll always be entranced and entertained.

GPA Requirement
3.0
Application Deadlines
Spring: October 15
Fall: April 15
Avg Course Load
3-4 Courses (12-16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Travel options to beaches, coastline, mountains, and wilderness right outside your door
  • Great Barrier Reef excursion for all New Zealand semester students
  • A bustling, cosmopolitan city of Dunedin
  • "Lord of the Rings" country
  • Service-learning and volunteer opportunities

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Dunedin

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a three day CISabroad orientation program in Wellington, then a shorter one hosted by the university in Dunedin. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Dunedin, New Zealand. Where to go out, how to stay safe, getting around, best places to buy food are just a few of questions that will be answered. You’ll also learn some helpful Kiwi and Maori sayings and gain some insights into NZ culture. As we know students love food, we will also host you to a yummy welcome meal showcasing modern Asian food that Wellington is known for.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

Housing Options

As a Semester on the South Island, New Zealand student, your accommodation will be self-catered, at the Otago University Flats. The flats are located within a quick walking distance from the University of Otago campus and only ten minutes from the main city shopping center. Students who live in these off-campus flats will have the opportunity to live with New Zealanders, and can immerse themselves in, and learn more about, the Kiwi culture.

Amenities:

  • Basic kitchen set up to prepare your meals
  • Bedrooms contain a double bed with mattress, a desk, chair, and drawers.

 

cyclists on the coast of Dunedin

Local Life

  • Street Art Trail: Experience 28 vibrant, whimsical artworks from international & local artists.
  • Foodie Life: Dive into the cuisine scene.
  • Outdoor Life: Explore Dunedin’s iconic surf beaches, bike tracks & golf courses this summer.
  • Wildlife: Enjoy the beauty of Dunedin's eco-tour attractions. They are easily accessible to students and interns living in the city.

More About Dunedin

Dunedin is a small, lively, coastal city that lives up to New Zealand's reputation for natural beauty and adventure. Just over 120,000 folks call this city home, which is located towards the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. Considered the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin has an impressive selection of restaurants, bars, nightlife, museums, shopping, and natural attractions. The city's preserved Victorian architecture feels like stepping back in time.

Consider Dunedin ground zero for hiking, skiing, water sports, and adventure tourism (including bungee jumping). For the adrenaline junkies, journey up to Queenstown, which is considered the adventure capital of the world. For a more mellow experience, explore the majestic Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Film buffs might want to tour the many filming locations of The Lord of The Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. Dunedin is a UNESCO-designated City of Literature. Another fun fact: the city is home to Baldwin Street, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the steepest street in the world.

New Zealanders, also known as "Kiwis," are very proud of their sports teams, especially rugby. In Dunedin, join the locals cheering on their favorite rival teams, including the All Blacks or Highlanders. And, you don't have to just sit on the sidelines. You can play intramural rugby at the University of Otago for the complete New Zealand experience.

 

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Christchurch

Experience a city that’s reinventing itself after the 2010-11 earthquakes. Visit the amazing cardboard cathedral made out of giant "toilet rolls," dine at food vendors in the mall housed in shipping containers, and ride the Gondola up to the top of the Port Hills.

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Otago Peninsula, Otago

In Otago, sea lions, penguins, and albatrosses outnumber the locals. Experience amazing wildlife on remote parts of the peninsula.

Picton

This is a chance to take the ferry from Wellington to Picton and spend the weekend in the marvelous Marlborough Sounds.


Academics

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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 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.


The University

At the University of Otago, you can study in a harbor city on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Don't be fooled by Otago's age as the country's oldest university (founded in 1869); you'll find a lively and exciting community. The University’s campus is a picturesque mix of grand architecture and gardens alongside more modern buildings. You can reach Dunedin's vibrant center in just a short walk. Since this is a comprehensive university, students are able to enroll in any of the the subjects offered on campus.

To truly immerse yourself, consider joining a club—there are literally hundreds of clubs to choose from. New Zealand is known for its scenery for a reason, and the ever-popular outdoorsy clubs will help you explore the South Island's splendor. If you'd like to lend a helping hand, Otago also has many volunteer and service learning opportunities. Finally, you can take a deep dive into learning about the native Maori culture of New Zealand.

The University of Otago has about 20,000 students, including 1,000 international students from over 100 countries. While Otago is considered a larger university, Dunedin is actually quite quaint. In fact, Otago accounts for about 20 percent of Dunedin’s population. Dunedin is the perfect place to study abroad if you want to live in a historic setting with a college-town vibe!

Accreditation: EQUIS and AACSB

 

 

 

local otagians enjoying the quad at otago university campus

Student Feedback

CISabroad student photo kayaking study abroad semester in South Island
CISabroad created a comfortable and eventful atmosphere. This program opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to grow comfortable in my own skin when placed in new surroundings.

Rebecca Garibaldi - Colby Sawyer College

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2017
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 29 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    July 3 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    July 10 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    October 13 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 12 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $19,990
  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    Arrival
    February 12 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    February 12 - 15; University of Otago Orientation: February 19 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    February 26 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 1 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 21 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $19,990 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Otago orientation
  • University of Otago official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program