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About the School

Introducing the University of Otago International School

Established in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first university and the country's leading research institution1. The University welcomes hundreds of international students every year to "study abroad" for a semester, on campus in the city of Dunedin - Australasia's only true residential student city.  However, Otago's semester-long Study Abroad programme may not be an option for those students with commitments during the academic year in their home countries.

The University of Otago International School provides a short-term study option, timed to coincide with the Northern Hemisphere summer.  This full-credit programme is taught on campus, so students experience living in Dunedin city alongside kiwi students.  The three-week intensive block includes field trips and is followed by an independent study period, which can be completed from anywhere in the world.


Students can take the following paper:

Course Structure

Each paper2 is worth 12 Otago points (3 US Semester Credits / 6 ECTS).


Students in the programme can expect to be in classes and on field trips most of the day (except for meal breaks) during the three-week intensive block. Weekends will generally be free, depending on the final field trip schedules. Some pre-reading is required (this will be provided).

Final write-up

The final write-up period for assessments extends until Friday 31 August 2018. The write up can be completed and submitted electronically by students who need to return home or wish to travel further at the conclusion of the on-campus classes and/or the field trips. Of course, students are also welcome to return to Dunedin for the write-up period, although please note that University accommodation will not be provided through July, as the second semester will be underway.

The University of Otago paper co-ordinators will be available to provide advice and guidance through the write-up period - either face-to-face or online.

1 Otago was the only university to be ranked in the top four in all average quality score (AQS) measures in the government's 2012 PBRF evaluations.

2 A "paper' is terminology in New Zealand for a "course" or "class"