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.

Overview

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 host country, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth and journeying through the striking Milford Sound fiord, to dining high above Queenstown while enjoying panoramic views. 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. Get to know our 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 five-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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Housing

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.


TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Dunedin Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

University

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.

Courses

Courses

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 see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 54 and 72 Otago credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

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.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • 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
 Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Health  
  •  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
Science 
  •  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

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

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

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.

Rugby

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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Thailand

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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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 15
Fall Deadline April 15

Spring 2018

Date of Departure Feb 7
TEAN Orientation Feb 9 Feb 13
University Orientation Feb 19 Feb 23
Classes Begin Feb 26
Semester Break March 30 April 8
Classes End June 1
Study Period June 2 June 5
Exam Period June 6 June 20
Program Ends June 21

Fall 2017

Date of Departure June 29
TEAN Orientation July 1 July 5
University Orientation July 6
Classes Begin July 10
Semester Break Aug 26 Sept 3
Classes End Oct 13
Study Period Oct 14 Oct 17
Exam Period Oct 18 Nov 11
Program Ends Nov 12

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2017

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

Spring 2017

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Local SIM card
  • 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 pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
  • 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 at TEAN Orientation and in host city
  • Bus transfer from Queenstown to Dunedin after TEAN Orientation
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare ($1,400)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($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.

Scholarships

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 Dunedin

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.

Q&A

Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

Lauren Gabell

Marketing Director & Thailand 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?

Q&A

What is your role? Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
My role at TEAN is a mix of marketing and in-country responsibilities since I am based in the Asia Pacific region. I oversee and help implement TEAN’s marketing strategy – everything from social media to print brochures – and since I am currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I oversee our Thailand program welcoming students while they’re here. I also help with our programs in other countries in the region as needed.

Tell us about your experience traveling and living in Asia Pacific?
I was born and raised in Australia, studied abroad in the U.S. and now live in Thailand. I have spent time working and travelling in New Zealand, China and throughout Southeast Asia including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Singapore. Australia is an easygoing country to live where people work hard, but also play hard, with an active outdoorsy lifestyle year round. The natural beauty of New Zealand astounds me with every visit. But it’s the beautiful culture of northern Thailand that has kept me in Chiang Mai since 2012.

What has been some of the highlights to date during your time living in Chiang Mai?
Being a naturally inquisitive person with a career in international education, I developed a restlessness to live somewhere with a culture that was different to my own. Northern Thai culture is completely different. Even after living here for a number of years, I experience or see something that challenges me and/or satiates my sense of curiosity every day. I feel I have learned more life lessons in my few years in Chiang Mai than I did in my previous 30-something years in Australia and am grateful to live in a place that continues to inspire and challenge me – instead of being stuck in a predictable routine – every day is still an adventure!

What should every student not leave Chiang Mai without doing?
Most people will work through a bucket list of experiences that goes with exploring a new place (and you can find some of these in my 10 Free Things to Do in Chiang Mai blog post). But the best experiences that everyone looks back on are rarely the items you’ve checked off your list. It’s the everyday interactions with your favorite fruit smoothie vendor and the surprising conversations you have with your new Thai friends, when you realize that fundamentally we are much more similar than we are different, that will stand out in your memory.

What resources are available at TEAN to students who are unsure of where they want to study abroad?
TEAN staff have a lot of experience living throughout Asia Pacific and will take the time to answer your questions. We all want students to make decisions they are comfortable and satisfied with so you won’t find anyone at TEAN giving you a hard sell. We want happy students on our programs who made the right decision for them! In addition to staff, TEAN’s Global Ambassadors are TEAN alumni willing to answer your questions. You can also get a very visual idea of the experience abroad by looking at TEAN’s Instagram account featuring student photos from all our locations.

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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