International Students in Theology
The Department has a strong tradition of international undergraduate students, and postgraduate students, who come from a range of countries to undertake Masters and Doctoral degrees here.
Overseas students can enrol in any of the papers we offer, provided they have met the prerequisites in their previous study.
The story of one student from overseas: Andrew Torrance
I come from Scotland and, as a student who has come from overseas, I feel that the choice to study theology at Otago has been a good one. While my initial decision to come to Otago was made because I wanted to work with a particular supervisor, Dunedin's location close to some of the most beautiful places in the world was also an attraction. While I have enjoyed the surroundings, they have not been the key thing that has made my education here such a positive experience.
The University of Otago has been a great place to be – with excellent resources, and easy access to books and other material from across New Zealand – and studying in the Department of Theology has been a particularly good experience.
The quality of scholarship at Otago is excellent, and I have been amazed at the steady stream of world-class thinkers who come to Otago to deliver seminars or teach short-term courses.
Although Dunedin is isolated on the map, I feel that I have been able to experience a high level of theological engagement. Additionally, ‘Kiwi hospitality' creates a very comfortable situation for study, with plenty of opportunity for interaction with lecturers and other theology students both inside and outside the classroom.
Overall, Otago's unique combination of beautiful surroundings, quality scholarship and resources, and welcoming ‘southern hospitality' has made study here comfortable, challenging and exciting.