Semester on the South Island, New Zealand

Program Information

World-class academics, a youthful city, and the picturesque landscapes that New Zealand is famous for! The semester on the South Island, New Zealand program offers you the chance to live and learn in the heart of this university city.

As a student at New Zealand’s oldest university, the University of Otago, you will become part of a distinguished educational experience in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. You will enjoy dynamic faculty members and unique courses in the cultural capital of New Zealand’s South Island.

Live in the heart of Lord of the Rings country – Dunedin is an excellent gateway to Central Otago and Fiordland, where opportunities abound for hiking, water sports, adventure tourism, and admiring the spectacular landscapes.

World-class academics – The University of Otago is internationally recognized for advancements in higher education and boasts strong liberal arts, law, and science programs.

Clubs, societies, and student organizations – Learn the figurative ropes of wine appreciation or the literal ropes of rock climbing. With hundreds of clubs, you will find something that interests you or something new to try.

Highlights and Excursions

  • Beaches, coastline, mountains, and wilderness
  • Located in the heart of Lord of the Rings country
  • Life in a bustling, cosmopolitan city
  • Courses at the oldest university in New Zealand
  • An international student mentor
  • Hundreds of clubs and students organizations
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus
  • AACSB accredited Business School
  • Give back to the local community through volunteering
  • Friendly Kiwi hosts in University housing there to support international students


  • Shared student apartment with common kitchen and living areas


Courses include advertising, anthropology, business, communication, cultural studies, environmental sciences, humanities, international relations, multimedia, nutrition, and sports studies, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

3-4 courses (12-16 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: February 15
End Date: June 19

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: Early July
End Date: Mid November

Program Cost


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • University of Otago official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

"New Zealand is a beautiful country. Perhaps the best part of my experience there was my travel through the south island. I got to see the Royal Albatross, Hectors' Dolphin, and the Yellow-Eyed Penguins and it filled me with complete joy. I never thought in my life time I would see a penguin in its natural habitat.”

Jessica H.