Dunedin is home to the oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago, and literally grew around the university – 85% of the university’s students living within a 15-minute walk of campus. With a focus on the traditional arts and sciences, the university offers a broad spectrum of courses for study abroad students paired with an unbeatable location from which to explore the incredibly beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown and the Southern Alps are only a few hours away, and the wildlife and beautiful landscapes of the nearby Otago Peninsula and surrounding region are easily accessible.


Semester Program
(February - June, June - November)


Application Deadlines:
Spring - Nov 15
Fall - April 15

22,500 Students

3.0 GPA to apply


Traditional Campus
College Town

Off-campus Apartments


Study at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university established in 1869

Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure

Experience the local student living experience, with accommodation in apartments and houses within minutes’ walk to campus

Live in Dunedin, New Zealand’s unique college town, with the beauty and outdoor pursuits of the South Island at your fingertips

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Dunedin-based Resident Advisor for continued support throughout the semester

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Number One Psychology Program in New Zealand

The University of Otago Psychology program is ranked in the top 50 Psychology programs in the world, and number one in New Zealand.  

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Students Say
"One of my favorite classes was my Zoology, Animal Designs for living. The class involved three field trips to the Otago Peninsula for some lab work, which was awesome."
Brianna Siravo, Quinnipiac University

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

Hit the ground running with our activity-filled Orientation Program in Queenstown, known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth to touring the world renowned Central Otago wineries. You’ll also get plenty of time to explore on your own and choose your own adventure - bungy jumping anyone?

No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with Maori guides, who provide an introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.

After this action-packed six-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.

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You’ll live within walking distance of the University campus. The majority of students live in rented flats, which are apartments or houses, usually shared by four or five students. “Flatting” is an important part of Otago’s unique student lifestyle. It offers both independence and responsibility. Living so close to campus, students feel a real sense of community and a sense of belonging in a supportive environment.

All rooms are singles. While they are called “flats” the properties are either apartments or houses, owned or head-leased by the university.

The Flats are fully furnished. The common areas include lounge seating, table and chairs, oven (cooker), microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer, basic kitchen set up ie cutlery, dinnerware, toaster, kettle. The bedrooms include double bed, mattress, set of drawers, desk and chair.

The University Flats house mostly international students, and some flats have Kiwi hosts. These are local students who live in the accommodation and are available as a resource to international students. While you will find yourself living with mostly other international students, the University Flats are spread throughout the university neighborhood, so it is likely you will have local student neighbors since 85% of Otago’s students live within a 15 minute walk of campus, and so will you. This makes for a very vibrant campus and student community.


About the university

  • The University of Otago, founded in 1869 by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council, is New Zealand’s oldest university.
  • Today the University has about 20,000 students, from all over New Zealand and from nearly 100 countries around the world.
  • The University of Otago is New Zealand’s most research-intensive university and is the country’s top-ranked university for research quality. Otago also enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and is a world leader in many fields.
  • Particular academic strengths are in the Biomedical and Health Sciences; Economics, Marketing and Tourism; Philosophy, Psychology, Theology and History, and Music.
  • The University of Otago School of Business is AACSB accredited.
  • Students interested in field studies should consider geology and ecology studies at Otago.
  • The University of Otago campus is in the center of the city of Dunedin and, as a result, much of Dunedin’s commerce, music, entertainment and sport has evolved around its student culture. Dunedin offers students the variety and entertainment of larger cities, but is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.
  • Located on the edge of the Botanic Gardens, the Otago campus is very beautiful. The Water of Leith winds its way past the majestic stone Clock Tower, a visible reminder of the University’s history and tradition of learning.



Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Otago are divided into four academic divisions: School of Business; Division of Health Science; Division of Humanities and the Division of Sciences.

Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at the University of Otago refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our University of Otago online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 54 and 72 Otago credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  •  Dietetics
  • Food Science
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology
  • Medical Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  •  Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  •  Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  •  Art History
  • Dance
  • Industrial Design
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Studies
  • Vocal Performance



  • 3.0 GPA. Students with a 2.8-3.0 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Dunedin based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Dunedin and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Highlanders, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Otago Peninsula Tour

Take an afternoon to explore the untouched beaches and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula including the world’s largest fur seal colony.

Coffee Breaks

Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.

Optional Excursions

TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!

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Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Spring 2017

Application Deadline Nov 15
Date of Departure Feb 9
TEAN Orientation Feb 11 Feb 16
University Orientation Feb 20 Feb 24
Classes Begin Feb 27
Semester Break April 14 April 23
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 3 June 6
Exam Period June 7 June 21
Program Ends June 22

Fall 2016

Date of Departure June 24
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion June 26 June 30
TEAN Orientation June 30 July 4
Housing Move-In July 4
University Orientation July 6
Classes Begin July 11
Semester Break Aug 29 Sept 4
Classes End Oct 14
Study Period Oct 15 Oct 18
Exam Period Oct 19 Nov 12
Program Ends Nov 13

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2017

  • Program Fees: $14,950
  • University Off-Campus Housing: $3,790


  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 6-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cell phone with initial credit to get you started
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  • Access to low airfares and discounted group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival and airport transfer at end of semester (provided you are booked on the group flight)
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program


  • International airfare ($2,200)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($40)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

Education New Zealand

We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.

We Love Otago

Kate Hilby

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

Dunedin Tip
Best Icecream

The Rob Roy Dairy is best dairy (think convenience store, but more quaint) in the world for ice-cream and is pretty much right on campus. Use up the small, small change jangling in your pocket (prices are student friendly) and be sure to choose the ‘Learner’ Cone as anything above that is legitimately gravity defying.

Lauren Gabell

Lauren Gabell

Marketing Director

Dunedin TIp
The Quad Garden

The Quad garden is right next to the Music department is the nicest place to study on campus and relatively unknown. Sun, flowers and live music performances – what more could you ask for?

On Lee Lau

On Lee Lau

Resident Assistant - Dunedin

Dunedin Tip
Signal Hill Walk

Signal Hill is a great walk from campus for amazing views of the city and the surrounding hills, beaches and sea. Best time to go is at sunset where you can watch the sun go down and the lights turn on.

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