The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university as well as its leading research university. Over 80 percent of Otago students come from outside the city, while 10 percent come from abroad, making it both a national and international university. Located in the center of the city, Otago allows study abroad students to select their “papers” (courses)
from a broad range of subjects in the areas of Business, Humanities, the Sciences, and Pacific Studies.
Students have an opportunity to pursue special research interests related to wildlife, marine subjects, or geology. BC students can study at Otago for either semester or the full academic year; they are fully integrated with the University of Otago students.
The University of Otago is one of the world’s top-ranked universities for life sciences, arts and humanities, marine sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, business, and economics. Students select three or four classes (known as “papers”) from across all subject areas.
Using a British-based model, courses are composed of lectures and tutorials, which are weekly discussion groups. BC students are fully integrated into the university, where they study along side their New Zealand counterparts.
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Students should consult the acceptance materials received from The University of Otago for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; students must remain for all of their exams.
The Study Abroad Office provides an orientation program
for all study abroad and exchange students. The orientation covers general information about the local area and the university. During the orientation participants will complete their course enrollment and meet with their academic advisor. Students are encouraged to take some of the courses with a New Zealand focus that are offered by many of the academic departments.
- Fall Term: Starts in late June and ends in early November.
- Spring Term: Starts in late February and ends in late June.
BC students are advised to apply for University flats
. These are shared apartments near the campus and the main shopping area. The University includes a New Zealand host student in each flat.
Applications for Semester 2 are accepted beginning on April 1, and for Semester 1 students may apply beginning August 1. BC students are responsible for paying housing fees directly to the provider. For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
New Zealand universities do not have meal plans as universities do in the United States. There are a number of dining facilities on campus
and students may dine on a pay-as-you-go basis. Living in a flat students will be able to cook for themselves at home.
The flight to New Zealand is long. From the U.S., all flights travel west. Students departing from Boston or any other city on the East Coast should add five hours to their trip. The most common route to Dunedin is by way of Los Angeles, with a connection in Auckland to Dunedin. We recommend that students wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and take as little carry-on luggage as possible.
Landau, Elaine. Australia and New Zealand. New York: Grolier, 1999
Ihimaera, Witi. Whale Rider. New York: Harcourt Inc., 1987
Local information about Dunedin
News about Dunedin
: Otago Daily Times
Check out this video
from a student's experience in Dunedin! (Frank Marrone, Spring 2019.)