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Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND (south island)

The main campus of the Unviersity of Otago is located in Dunedin, on the eastern shore of the south island of New Zealand. Exchange students take classes at the main campus in Dunedin. University of Otago campuses


Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.

Academic areas: Commerce (Accounting & Finance, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Information Sciences, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Tourism; Health Sciences (Bioethics, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Medical Sciences); Humanities (Anthropology & Archaeology, Classics, Education, English, Geography, History & Art History, Languages & Cultures, Law, Media, Film & Communication, Music & Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Gender Studies, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, and Theology & Religion); Sciences (Clothing & Textile Design, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Science, Geology, Human Nutrition, Marine Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, Surveying, Zoology, and Physical Education)

Note to Business Students: This university is AACSB accredited.

University of Otago Academics


Yes - English is an official language in New Zealand, and the language of instruction at the University.


Fall Semester Mid July - mid November ("Semester 2")
Spring Semester Late February - mid June ("Semester 1")
Students may study at the University of Otago for two consecutive semesters, starting in the fall or spring.

University of Otago Academic Calendar


DormitoriesArrange your own housing

Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation at the University of Otago. Housing options include Residential Colleges and University Flats.

More informtion on Housing at the University of Otago


TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $200-400
  • Books & Supplies: $300-500
  • Room & Meals: $4,800-8,000
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $2,200-3,200
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   


New Zealand Visa Information: Exchange students must obtain a student visa before entering New Zealand, even if they are from 'visa-free countries.' See the Immigration New Zealand website for information on applying for a student visa. Most UHM students apply for their student visa through the Los Angeles consulate through the mail. Processing time for a student visa is about 25 days; the visa application fee is waived for U.S. citizens. As part of the visa application process, students are required to show that they have at least $7,500 worth of available funds, plus either a return airline ticket or at least $1,000 extra to purchase a return airline ticket.

New Zealand Seasons: Remember that, since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Plan ahead for your visit to New Zealand by checking out the climate and seasons.


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