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University of Otago

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Sponsor: University of Otago

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand


With particularly strong departments in film & media studies, geology, environmental science and ecology, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, founded in 1869.  As a direct university enrollment program, Northwestern students will be able to experience first hand what it’s like to be a student in New Zealand; they will have access to nearly all the same opportunities and courses as Kiwi students and will rely on the University of Otago International Office for support. Located on the South Island in a university town, this is a program for independent students who are looking to immerse fully into regular Kiwi life.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: This program follows the New Zealand academic calendar: Fall Quarter begins in early July and ends in November. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in early February and end in late June. Full Year is either February through November (the New Zealand academic year) or early July through late June (the U.S. academic year). Students may choose either option.


  • Be of Junior or Senior year standing at the start of the program

Credit Enrollment Requirements:

Students must follow the credit enrollment requirements outlined in the Credit Enrollment Chart, as follows:

  • Fall Quarter: 54-72 points
  • Winter-Spring Quarters: 54-72 points
  • Full Year: 108-144 points

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an Otago application by the program's deadline

Summer Session at Otago:  Otago offers a "Summer Session", which takes place in the month of January.  Students participating in Otago's Winter/Spring quarters are eligible for the program and must submit an NU Study Abroad Application for a Non-NU Summer Program. Note that this application is in addition to the academic year study abroad application. NU students are not eligible to apply to Otago's Summer Session as a stand-alone program.

Languages: English


Self-catered university flats with a Kiwi host and other international students.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2015: approx. $20,570

Billed by Northwestern:

Estimated additional costs: $8,612

  • Housing: $3,150
  • Meals: $1,100
  • Airfare: $2,000
  • Local transportation: $145
  • Books & supplies: $225
  • Personal expenses: $1,550
  • Visa: $70
  • New Zealand insurance: $220
  • HTH: $152

*Note: This is a direct enrollment program. Northwestern will send your tuition payment to Otago via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by NU will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.

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