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University of Otago

Program Terms:

Spring Semester, Fall Semester & Academic Year


Founded in 1869, Otago is New Zealand’s first university. It has over 20,000 students, with about 2,500 international students from 100 countries. The main campus of the University of Otago is located in Dunedin, on the eastern shore of the south island of New Zealand. Exchange students take classes at this campus.

Academic Details:

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Otago are divided into four academic divisions:

  • Otago Business School/Commerce: Accounting & Finance, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Information Sciences, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Tourism. This university is AACSB accredited.
  • Health Sciences: the Faculty of Medicine, which administers the School of Medical Sciences; three clinical Schools of Medicine located in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington; and the Schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy.
  • Humanities: 15 departments, including professional programs in Law, Education, and Social Work.
  • Sciences:  Consumer and Applied Sciences, Physical Education, and Surveying, among others. The Division is a leader in many areas of genetic research and computer and information technology.

(Source: University of Otago ” Departments and Schools” 2018)

Housing Details:

The University offers 15 residence halls for students, and it provides a guarantee of accommodation placement services to all international students who receive an academic offer. There are several accommodation options for international students, including University colleges and University flats.

Exchange students are encouraged to apply for Uniflats. All the University Flats are located within an easy walk of the University campus and main shopping center. Students share the cleaning and cooking duties and usually shop together for food. Rent fees include electricity, internet, bed linen, kitchen equipment, UniFlats community events, and University Flats services. Flatting expenses are shared with the other students in the flat and are not included in the rent.

International students who are accepted for a residential college are expected to be active participants in the social, cultural, and recreational programs organized by the residents’ association.

(Source: University of Otago “Student Accommodation” 2018)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

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