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Study Abroad

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Why Otago?

  • Established in 1869 in the city of Dunedin, Otago is New Zealand's first university.
  • Otago is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world.
  • The university has grown with the city, and today education is the main focus of the city; 22,000 of the 120,000 residents are students at Otago.
  • Dunedin is Australasia's only true student city, and provides an unmatched residential campus life, where you can live in the neighbourhoods with local students and have a true "kiwi" student experience.
  • Otago’s extremely beautiful campus is within 10 minutes' walk of Dunedin’s vibrant city centre.
  • Dunedin is also on the doorstep many of New Zealand's famed natural environments, from golden sand beaches complete with penguin residents, to vineyards, towering alpine peaks, impressive fjords, and glaciers tumbling through pristine sub-tropical rainforest. The south of the South Island is sure to hold great appeal for the adventure seeking study abroad student.

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).

Applying to Otago as a Study Abroad student is a simple process. All you need to do is:

  • Complete our online application by clicking the Apply Now button on this page
  • Attach all necessary supporting documents
  • If English is not your first language, you need to meet our undergraduate English requirements

See more application information


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 between 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

Study Abroad Tuition Fees & 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. Please note that applications for 2018 have now closed.

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

What can I study at Otago?

The information sheets below are designed to provide you with information about some of the papers (courses) that you may be interested in studying at the University of Otago as a Study Abroad student.

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Otago International School

For international students looking for a shorter term study option the Otago International School is a three-week programme, taught on our Dunedin campus as a full-credit study option. It is then followed by an independent study period, which can be completed by distance.

In 2018 the Otago International School will take place in June and July.  Exact dates for the 2018 programme are still to be confirmed, please check back soon.