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Most visitors appreciate the lifestyle of Dunedin, a city of 120,000 people, with an oceanic climate, largely a university town. The University, founded in 1869, is New Zealand's oldest university. More information about the University.

Visitors on study leave normally work with a member/members of our academic staff.

Please visit the facilities and Herbarium pages to gain an overview of the facilities available.

We can provide desk space, computing facilities and access to the excellent Library resources. All our research facilities are available, depending of course on other demands.

Sabbatical at Otago (Research & Study Leave)

Academics are very welcome to spend research and study leave with us. We can offer a wide range of plant communities within easy reach, a wide range of expertise and facilities within the Department, and the opportunity to collaborate with other departments, such as Biochemistry, Geography, Information Science, Marine Science and Zoology.


There are no bench fees. Our staff can usually provide some field/lab expenses for joint projects. The University of Otago offers William Evans Fellowships to support visitors.


We can receive visitors at short notice, but planning up to two years ahead is very useful, especially when financial support has to be sourced.

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