University of Oregon

University of Otago Exchange

Program Overview

Enroll directly in courses taught at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. The University of Otago offers a diverse faculty and wide variety of courses that allow you to explore topics and cultures not commonly taught at the University of Oregon, particularly Maori studies. Renowned for its health sciences, the University of Otago prides itself on its research facilities and well regarded psychology department. The program is open to undergraduate and graduates students from any discipline for a semester or full academic year of study. You are able to embrace the full “kiwi” experience by living with local and international students in flats managed by the University of Otago. Adventure seekers will find sailing and surfing near this coastal city with skiing and some of the world's best hiking.

Dunedin is a coastal city situated in the southern part of the South Island of New Zealand. It offers excellent cultural facilities including museums, art galleries, libraries and craft centers. The campus is only a ten-minute walk from the main downtown area of Dunedin.

Housing Description

The University of Otago is renowned for its residential campus environment, and you are therefore encouraged to live in “self-catering flats” (apartments or houses) with other international and local students. Flatting is an important part of the university lifestyle, and offers both freedom and responsibility. You will often cook meals and create lasting friendships with your “flatmates.” The university flats surround the University campus and are no more than a 20 minute walk to downtown Dunedin. You will be responsible for paying weekly rent, but you will be provided with a bed and a dresser in your partly furnished flat. The Accommodation Office at Otago will assist you in arranging your housing once accepted to the University.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial UO application is complete, you will later fill out a secondary application for the University of Otago. 

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of UO WR 121 and 122 with grades of B- or higher
  • GPA of 3.25 or above for graduate students

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20172/1/2017Early JulyMid-November
Academic Year2017-20182/1/2017Early JulyLate June
Spring Semester20182/1/2017Late FebruaryLate June
Calendar Year20182/1/2017Late FebruaryMid-November

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.