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University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Program Site: The University of Otago is in the center of the city of Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island.

Eligibility: Minimum USC cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Description: Students attend the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university. It has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Dunedin, located on the southeastern coast of the South Island, has a distinct "college town" atmosphere with only 125,000 residents. The university offers a true campus lifestyle, and the city of Dunedin offers a rich cultural life as well as proximity to outdoor activities. Students are directly enrolled in university courses alongside New Zealand students. The University of Otago has approximately 20,000 students.

Academics: Study abroad students are able to take a broad range of subjects across the university's four academic divisions: commerce, health sciences, humanities, and sciences. Students studying English, anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, natural and environmental sciences, human biology, philosophy, and dramatic arts will find strong programs offering a wide variety of courses.

Course Load and Credit: The maximum number of units granted per semester is 18. Students must take 4 courses per semester. View course listings and descriptions in Otago's online course catalogue.

Activities and Other Program Features: The University has a wide variety of clubs and societies that international students are encouraged to join.  Students who want someone to introduce them to the university and the city can sign up for a peer mentor.

Accommodation: Students live in university-owned flats (usually small houses) that they share with other students. The university does not provide a meal plan, but all university flats and residence halls have kitchens.

Dates: Fall, Spring, or year. Fall semester (Otago’s Semester Two) runs from early July to early November. Spring semester (Otago’s Semester One) runs from mid-February to late June.

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses*..........$11,063

If you plan to go abroad in the USC fall semester, please be aware that your financial aid will not be disbursed until 10 days before classes begin at your program and not before the end of July.

Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 8/26/15

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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