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An exceptional Study Abroad experience, both inside and outside the classroom

If your university doesn’t have an exchange agreement with us you can still study at Otago on our Study Abroad programme.

You can apply independently, as part of a programme organised by your university, or through a Study Abroad placement organisation.

Otago boasts modern lecture theatres, research labs and libraries; engaged and accessible teachers who are experts in their fields; and a campus regularly voted amongst the most beautiful in the world.

You can select from an extensive range of papers (courses). Learn more about your adopted home, or even get out and explore Dunedin and the wider region through a number of papers with a fieldwork component:

Dunedin life

Our 20,000 students make up one sixth of Dunedin’s population, creating an energy and atmosphere that you’ll only find at Otago. The town and the University campus developed together, so Dunedin is one of just a handful of places worldwide where education is the main activity of the city.

Our campus and student accommodation are located in the heart of town, and all of Dunedin’s cafés, music venues, designer boutiques and stores, museums and galleries are never more than a short walk away.

When it comes to sport, Otago takes on the best in the world. The University’s facilities are state-of-the-art and New Zealand’s only covered sports field, Forsyth Barr Stadium, is right on your doorstep for top-level rugby.

Adventure awaits

Dunedin is a small city between the mountains, the harbour and the sea – that means there’s heaps to do and it’s easy to get to. Experience the distinctive beauty of each of Dunedin’s four seasons. The temperate climate brings warm summers and mild winters with some frost and very occasional snowfalls. No other city in the country has the same range, quality and accessibility of leisure activities. Ride the best waves in the world, take on mighty mountain biking tracks, paddle-board, kayak or sail on the harbour, or head to Central Otago for a weekend on New Zealand’s top ski fields.

Imagine changing out of your wetsuit then walking to the city centre for lunch, or snowboarding all day and getting home in time to catch your favourite band. It’s just part of life in Dunedin.

Applying to Study Abroad at Otago

Study Abroad students can enrol for one or two semesters at the University of Otago independently, or as part of a Study Abroad programme organised by their home university or a Study Abroad placement organisation.

Students can enrol in Semester One (starting February), Semester Two (starting July), or Summer School (starting January).

Detailed information about applying to study with us

Find out what you need to apply

Apply to Otago as a Study Abroad student

Follow these steps:

  • Make sure that you have all the necessary supporting documents for your online application
  • If English is not your first language, you need to meet our undergraduate English requirements
  • Complete our online application


Almost all of Otago's study abroad students choose to live in University Flats. All of the flats are located in the main local student neighbourhoods, and all are within 15 minutes walk of campus and the city centre. We endeavour to place at least one local student in each University Flat, these students are known as "kiwi hosts". This unique living arrangement offers a much higher level of integration with the local student community and is a major benefit of the Otago Study Abroad experience. Every flat houses 2–6 students, and all are furnished; plus you will have your own bedroom which is also fully furnished with double bed, mattress, desk, chair, and drawers.

Apply for University Flats through the Te Puna student accommodation portal

Study Abroad tuition fees and estimated living costs

Tuition fees and living costs information

Study Abroad scholarships

  • Go Overseas Study Abroad in New Zealand Scholarship
    In conjunction with Go Overseas, Education New Zealand and the New Zealand universities are offering a one semester full-tuition scholarship. Find out more about the Go Overseas Study Abroad in New Zealand Scholarship.
  • Generation Study Abroad
    The University of Otago has committed to the USA’s IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative to increase the number of American students studying overseas. The University of Otago is proud to support this initiative with scholarships in association with Education New Zealand. Find out more about the Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards.
  • Dream NEW Scholarships
    Education New Zealand and the New Zealand universities offer scholarships for students studying at institutes in the European Union who are wishing to spend a semester in New Zealand.  Find out more about Dream NEW Scholarships

When can I study at Otago?

Study Abroad students can join Otago for:

  • Semester One: February-June
  • Semester Two: July-November
  • Summer School: January-February