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University of Otago


Thanks to New Zealand government restrictions lifting, the University of Otago is again able to welcome study abroad students beginning in 2023. Apply by March 1 to study at Otago in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. Contact the Global Education Office at with any questions.


The University of Otago, founded in 1869, is New Zealand’s oldest university. The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence. At Otago, you will have unprecedented opportunities to be taught by international experts in their fields, and you will be able to contribute to ground-breaking research. The student experience at Otago is exceptional. You will join a diverse population of well over 20,000 students from around New Zealand and more than 100 nations around the world.

Historic and sophisticated, Dunedin is the quintessential university city. Modeled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A long, natural harbor gives way to the church spires and towers of the historic town center and university, set against high, green forested hills. A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city’s thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross—and incredible surf—can be found.

Gordon's Biology and Kinesiology Departments require that its majors who study at Otago take advantage of the opportunity to better understand New Zealand culture and history by taking a course such as:

  • New Zealand in the World
  • Maori Society
  • Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
  • Environmental History of New Zealand


Students are encouraged to apply if they:
  • Major or minor in Biology, Kinesiology, or Psychology
  • Have their advisor’s approval
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have Sophomore standing or above


One single semester course is usually worth 18 points, and approximately 12 hours of work per week (including lectures, tutorials, labs, assignments, and readings). 18 Otago points are worth approximately 3–5 US Credits. An average workload for a semester generally includes 3–4 courses per semester or 54–72 points.

Students are expected to take two of the approved science courses as well as at least one New Zealand studies/cultural electives.


 The following is included in the cost of the program:

  • Tuition and direct program costs
  • Room (not board as all housing is self-catered)

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Board
  • Personal expenses
  • Local travel
  • Course materials
  • Visa

Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's financial aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after acceptance from the GEO. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Please contact SFS for specific financial questions. 


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. Spring applications are accepted until December 1. Fall applications are accepted until April 30.


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