Summer in New Zealand

Plunge into a thrilling adventure.

Spend your summer in Dunedin, New Zealand, the country’s adventure capital! Enjoy world-class academics at Otago University, picturesque landscapes, and a youthful city bustling with students. Trek one of New Zealand’s Great Walks that dot the South Island, hit the powder for some of the world’s best skiing, or test your nerves in the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown. Turn New Zealand into your classroom for three weeks this summer. As a student at University of Otago’s International School, you’ll be paired up with local Kiwi students, who will help you adjust to and explore your new summer home.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3-4 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0


  • Learn about Maori culture on a course field excursion
  • "Lord of the Rings" country on the sparsely populated South Island
  • Bustling college city, where one in five residents are students
  • Study at New Zealand's oldest university
  • Easy access to beautiful sand beaches, mountains, and rugged coastline

Program Details

University of Otago

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

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.

Courses can range from term to term. However the majority of the courses offered are in the following academic areas: Art History, Business and Economics, Geography, Maori Studies, Modern Languages, and Sciences.

The course available this term is the following:

Southern Landscapes

Click here to find out more about the course listed above.

Why Life in Dunedin

Dunedin is the second most populous city on New Zealand’s South Island. This historic yet lively college town situated on the Otago Peninsula is a prime representation of the country’s tendency to blend history, culture, natural beauty, and adventure. Just over 120,000 folks call Dunedin home, enjoying the city’s impressive selection of restaurants, bars, nightlife, museums, and shopping, as well as an abundance of natural attractions within easy reach. The city’s preserved Victorian architecture feels like stepping back in time.

Between its rugged coastline and volcanic-remnant hills and mountains, Dunedin is an excellent jumping off point for adventures of every kind, including hiking, skiing, water sports, and adventure tourism (including bungee jumping). The northern hemisphere summer is winter in New Zealand, but Dunedin’s temperate coastal climate remains relatively warm year-round.

New Zealanders, also known as “Kiwis,” are generally a laid-back, fun-loving and sarcastic bunch. They 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

What's Included


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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.


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.



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

Otago Peninsula, Otago

Otago Peninsula, Otago

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

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Helena Henare-Coolen
Travel Tip:

Leave the umbrella at home as it is no match for the capital known as ‘Windy Wellington”. Make sure you pack a good raincoat and some warm socks.

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Arrival: (Estimated)
  • Departure: (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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