Participate in student life at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere in the popular town of Dunedin, New Zealand's "college town."
|Location||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Term||Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|GPA||3.0 (may be flexible down to 2.8 in special cases)|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
The University of Otago, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the southern hemisphere, is located in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island. Dunedin, New Zealand's "college town," is friendly and intimate with 120,000 inhabitants and a thriving student population. While the city offers a relaxed feel, opportunities abound for pursuing outdoor and sporting activities.
Go to the At a Glance Comparison page to learn some quick facts about the Learning Abroad Center's other University Study in New Zealand programs.
Choose between on- or off-campus accommodations. Meal plan available with on-campus accommodation. A highlight of the housing includes the possibility to live with New Zealand resident students in apartments or houses.
The University of Otago can advise you on recreational activities in and around Dunedin. The University's Recreation Services offers a program that will enable you to access a range of activities, including horseback riding, hiking, skiing and more.
You also have the opportunity to participate in a conservation volunteer weekend during your time in New Zealand. This is a great way to meet other students, take part in a service a project and learn about the New Zealand environment.
Students studying at the University of Otago will:
The University of Otago has staff available to provide orientation, on-site support and advising to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Lower- and upper-division classes are available.|
Full-time enrollment on this program is 16 UofM credits.
You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
Other academic information—as well as program dates, housing options, and special classes—can be found at Otago's main study abroad page.
The University of Otago offers coursework, and has been identified as a strong curricular match, for the following UofM degree programs:
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Semester||Early Feb–late June||Nov. 1|
|Calendar Year||Early Feb–late Nov||Nov. 1|
|Fall Semester||Late July–mid Nov||Apr. 30|
|Academic Year||Late June–late June||Apr. 30|
Applications after this deadline may be considered. Contact Ryan McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($2050 one semester / $3100 for Academic Year) and required UofM international health insurance.
The New Zealand government also requires all students to carry an approved NZ-based health insurance policy. The policy costs approximately US$220 per semester. Details and instructions will be sent to students upon admission.
If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.
Education New Zealand offers scholarships specifically to students coming to study in New Zealand.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Program Dates for term options|
|Program Name||University Study in New Zealand|
|Track Name||University of Otago|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Submit to the Learning Abroad Center:
In addition to completing the Learning Abroad Center's Online application checklist, you must also submit an application and supporting materials directly to the University of Otago. Once your application has been reviewed and endorsed by the Learning Abroad Center, instructions for how to follow up with Otago will be sent to you.
Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.