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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Exact dates are TBD, but the program will run from June to November. DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL until you are in Step 3 and have been fully admitted by ISA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 3.0
Internships: No Disciplines offered: Art History (ARTH), Behavioral Neuroscience (NEUR), Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), English (ENGL), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), History (HIST), Management (MGMT), Marine Science (MARS), Marketing (MKTG), Mathematics (MATH), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate, Women and Gender Studies (GNDS)
Accomodations: Shared apartments off-campus Prerequisite(s): None
Service-Learning: Yes Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units
Program Advisor: Brittany Williams- Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


Dunedin Railway Station



University of Otago
Fall/Spring Semester Program



Dunedin is New Zealand's only true university city--one in six of Dunedin's population is a university student. Offering students an unrivalled campus experience and vibrant cultural life, the campus is just a few blocks from the city center, and almost all students live within walking distance of the campus and key facilities. 



This program is offered in collaboration with the affiliate provider International Studies Abroad (ISA). Students will complete a USD application as well as an ISA application to participate in the program. ISA offers an additional level of support including on-site orientation activites, on-site resident staff, and visa application support, among other things. To visit the ISA program page for University of Otago, click here

The University of Otago is New Zealand's first university, established in Dunedin in 1869. It is one of New Zealand's most prestigious universities, and has an international reputation for teaching and research excellence. It is located in the southernmost of New Zealand's main centers, in the province of Otago. Dunedin is a gateway to Central Otago and Fiordland where opportunities abound for hiking, skiing, water sports, adventure tourism (including bungee jumping), or just admiring the spectacular landscape.


READ THIS FIRST: Australia and New Zealand Course Selection Guide

Otago Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only. 

In the following link, first click on a department (ie. Commerce, Health Science, Humanities or Sciences), next click on a subject (ie. English), then scroll down and click on "See the full list of English papers" (they call courses papers). This will show you all the English courses offered. Keep in mind First Semester is our spring, Second Semester is our fall.  Students will take four courses ("papers") at University of Otago which will transfer back as 16 USD course units.
View University of Otago Courses

Please note: The grading system in New Zealand is VERY different from the US grading system. US grades are often inflated; students can expect it to be significantly more difficult to get an A in courses in New Zealand. 

Class sizes at Otago are generally large, and students are enrolled in courses with local students as well as other international students from all over the globe.


Students are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation in university student apartments on campus through the International Studies Abroad program provider. Housing costs are included in the program fee, which is paid to USD through the USD student account. 


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.

Scholarships are a great way to help fund your study abroad program. ISA awards over $850,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and
Correspondent Internship Opportunity
• 12 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Fall start)
• 2 x $2,500 for Year (Spring start)
ISA Diversity Scholarship
• 2 x $1,000 for Summer Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Fall Study
• 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
Live Like Ally Memorial Scholarship
• 1 x $1,000 for Fall Study
• 1 x $1,000 for Spring Study
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Fall Programs: April 30th
Spring Programs: October 30th

All students studying in New Zealand for a semester WILL need a visa. The visa application process happens after acceptance to the program, and all visa application instructions are sent to students directly by the program provider International Studies Abroad. 


Upon arrival in New Zealand, students will take part in a 3-4 day Bridging Cultures Orientation Program. This orientation will consist of cultural activities, as well as logistical information to prepare students for their semester abroad. To learn more about this program, click here

To read about various excursions provided by ISA throughout the semester, click here.


To view photos of Dunedin and the University of Otago, click here

To view University of Otago's YouTube channel, CLICK HERE

Click the video below to hear USD students talk about their time in New Zealand:

New Zealand video