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UVA Exchange: University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 02-JUL-2018 19-JUN-2019
NOTE: Confirmation of dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 02-JUL-2018 10-NOV-2018
NOTE: Confirmation of dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Accounting, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art, Art - Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Commerce, Communications, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, European Studies, Film Studies, Foreign Affairs, French, Geography, Geology, German, Global Studies, Greek, Health and Human Services, History, History of Science and Technology, Information Technology, Japanese, Kinesiology, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Nonprofit Management, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Health, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Urban and Environmental Planning, Urban Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:


Otago is New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious university, with its attractive campus in the center of Dunedin. University students make up one sixth of Dunedin's population. The University of Otago campus is situated in the center of Dunedin, a city offering the best of both worlds to students. It has the facilities, entertainment and variety of larger cities, with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities.

Finding the balance between study and leisure is an important part of university life. At Otago, the recreation program offers something for everyone, including: windsurfing, gliding, dance, crafts, debating and social sports. Otago students also play leadership roles in professional sport. The University Union is the hub of social life on campus. Centrally located, Union facilities include a clothing and gift shop, bar and restaurant, and an extensive food court cafe where students can meet between lectures for study breaks, meals or just coffee with friends.

Otago is a national university in the sense that the majority of its students come from outside the city. This provides for a friendly and social campus where it is easy to make friends and share experiences.

In addition to Otago's main campus in Dunedin, the University has branches of its medical school in Christchurch and Wellington, and teaches executive education and some distance delivered courses in Auckland.

Dunedin is a city by the sea. It has white sand beaches, bush clad hills, tidal inlets and volcanic landforms. Dunedin's physical vitality is reflected in the spirit of its people. The population of 120,000 has produced many of New Zealand's greatest writers, poets, artists and musicians. The city's strong cultural bias is seen in its modern public art gallery which houses one of New Zealand's best international art collections, its strong professional theatre, and its museums and libraries that rank among the country's finest.

Nature endowed Dunedin with coastal colonies of the shy Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and the world's only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross. Dunedin's green belt and its many parks and gardens add to the breath and soul of the city. The 'kiwi' passion for water sports is met by Dunedin's long natural harbor - ideal for wind surfing, yachting, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing. Surf's up all year round on Dunedin beaches, and St Clair beach is considered one of New Zealand's best for surfing.

University accommodation is available in Toroa International House, residential colleges, and University Flats. For more information, click here.


International Student Homepage
International Student Information

Course offerings*

*New Zealand refers to courses as "papers"

Semester 1: late February - late June
Semester 2: early July - mid November

Academic Calendar

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare and for researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Visit to learn more about visa requirements for studying in New Zealand.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI Insurance
  • New Zealand Studentsafe-University Insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses