In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate 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.
The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869. It has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. Teaching at Otago is closely related to scholarly research, with the result that most teaching is undertaken by academics at the forefront of relevant knowledge.
Otago's attractive campus is a mixture of historic and modern buildings located in the center of Dunedin. The campus is a short walk from the city's central shopping and services. Otago students rate its campus lifestyle as one of its strongest attractions. The students live as a community immediately around the campus area in student Colleges of Residence or self-catering flats. 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 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.
Otago’s International Office provides specialist support for international students, welcoming you with a tailored orientation program and providing ongoing help and support throughout your time there.
For those who like to play for fun, the University’s Clubs and Societies program offers over 150 short courses and activities, from arts, crafts and dancing to cooking, languages and music. Unipol Recreation Centre is a superb gym facility that offers everything you need free of charge, including cardio and weights, sports halls, group fitness classes, social sport and outdoor adventures.
The Disability Information and Support Office provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to international students with disabilities, impairments, medical conditions or injuries that may impact on their study.
Student Health provides daily urgent and routine appointments to all international students.
Student Learning Development offers a free service including interactive workshops, individual consultations with learning advisers, and peer learning and support programs.
The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) is an independent organization that represents students’ interests. If you’ve lost your wallet, need some help with budgeting, or require advocacy and support, OUSA is the place to go.