Dunedin and the South Island are a recreation lover's paradise. From the mountains to the forests to the ocean, you will find no shortage of outdoor activities.
Otago is New Zealand's oldest university and was founded in 1869. It's been around longer than EIU!
During 2005, the University of Otago was home to 2,700 international students from 84 countries. You will have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. The University of Otago also has many support systems in place for study abroad students. Otago has specific research strengths in the medical, biomedical, biological and natural sciences, the liberal arts, and law.
The city of Dunedin is known for its classic Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
At the University of Otago, you will take classes with New Zealand undergraduate students. Individual classes in New Zealand are called "papers." Choose papers from the following areas: Business
, Health Sciences
, and New Zealand Studies
Just over 20,000 students attend the University of Otago at Dunedin. With a campus this large, there are many activities and events you will be able to attend throughout your semester or year at Otago. The Otago University Students Association (OUSA)
organizes social activities, cultural events, and sporting events for students.
When it comes to doing your school work, you may be worried about how you will get it done or what you should do if you need help. When you need to type up your papers/assignments, there are 19 computer labs
on the Dunedin campus you can use. If you find you are having difficulty in one of your classes, feel free to go to the Student Learning Centre
. They offer workshops or one-on-one appointments to assist you with your studies.
Once you've finished your homework and need to destress, hit the student recreation center on campus (Unipol Sports Centre
). Unipol Sports Centre not only has fitness equipment and classes for all students (entrance is free to students, but some of the fitness classes charge a small fee). Recreation Services
offers programs where you can learn to sea kayak, rock climb, or go on a horse trek to the beach. They also offer Arts, Crafts and Lifestyle courses from pottery instruction to guitar lessons to sign language classes.
To help you prepare for all that awaits you at the University of Otago, please read this Pre-Arrival Information
Most study abroad students live in the University of Otago Flats
. The University Flats are property managed by the University of Otago, so the lease is set according to the length of Study Abroad programmes (24 weeks) rather than the 12 month lease typical of private rentals. With the University of Otago directly managing the flats, you are assured of having the best landlord in Dunedin! (To get a leg-up on the terminology, apartment living is referred to as "flatting." Also, self-catered means you would cook/provide your own food)
University of Otago Flats
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to the University of Otago.**
Foreign Entry Requirements
- Self-catered, fully-furnished flats
- Every student has their own bedroom but share common areas in a residential house or apartment (typically each flat has 3-6 bedrooms).
- We integrate New Zealanders into the living arrangements with our “Kiwi Host” system so you will be able to live with locals and learn more about the local way of life.
- All flats are within a 15 minutes' walk of where your classes will be on campus.
- Being a student city, rent in Dunedin is quite affordable allowing you to spend your money on exploring the beautiful outdoors of the South Island!
To enter New Zealand, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
Currently, U.S. Citizens planning to stay in New Zealand for less than 3 months do not need a visa. However, participating in a semester or more at Otago University will require a stay longer than 3 months. For the most up-to-date information concerning entry requirements and to apply for a visa, please visit the New Zealand Embassy's web site
or contact the Embassy of New Zealand at 37 Observatory Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 328-4800.
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.