IFSA University of Otago Partnership

Dunedin, New Zealand


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:
13.5 - 18

About University of Otago

Dunedin is a classic university town known as the "Edinburgh of the South". The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university, a top-ranked research institution and the second southernmost university in the world. Quality academics, shared houses with Kiwi hosts, and amazing outdoor excursions are all yours at Otago.

University of Otago Benefits

  • Study at New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution
  • The university boasts an active student association and many societies and clubs for cultural, athletic, political and academic interests
  • Live and learn in a student-centered university town, an ideal setting for students interested in great academics and outdoor adventure
  • Popular programs for Health Sciences and Theater Studies students 
  • The second southernmost university in the world with easy access to spectacular scenery and amazing recreation opportunities
  • Otago is offering IFSA first generation college students the exclusive opportunity to apply for one of two housing awards. To find out more click here.

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Otago Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Otago Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Open the University of Otago online course catalog to see available class options. If you have an idea of the types of courses you want, you can search by "keywords" and "semester" to pull up a list of courses that meet your criteria. Additionally, at the top of the web page you can click on "List subjects by: A-Z" to see all the subjects listed in alphabetical order. When you click on a specific subject (e.g., accounting), information will come up regarding getting a degree in that area of study. You can then click on the "Papers" link and you will be taken to a list of all the "papers" (this is the term used for courses in NZ) offered in that area. Included in the list are the unit code and title of the paper, as well as the point value and semester offered. Click on the unit code for a brief description of the paper.

At the University of Otago, an IFSA full course load consists of 54-72 University of Otago points per semester or 120 University of Otago points per year. Students take 3 or 4 classes each semester, depending on the credits awarded. 

18 Points at Otago = 4.5 U.S. semester credit hours
20 Points at Otago = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
24 Points at Otago = 6.5 U.S. semester credit hours
30 Points at Otago = 7.5 U.S. semester credit hours

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Otago Partnership
Accounting Anatomy/Physiology Animal Science Anthropology Archaeology Art Education Art History Asian Studies Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Chemistry Chinese Classics Climatology Communication Science/Disorders Community Studies Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Dance Earth Science Ecology Economics Education Studies Elementary Education English Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Film Production Finance Foreign Language, Other French Genetics Geography Geology Geophysics German Graphic Design Health Administration/Management Health Education Health Studies Hebrew History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights Human and Child Development Indigenous Studies Industrial and Organizational Psychology International Business Irish/Gaelic Journalism Kinesiology/Exercise Science Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Literature Management Management Information Systems Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Mathematics Media/Multimedia Studies Medieval History Middle Eastern Studies Music Music Composition Music Performance Neuroscience Nutrition/Food Science Organizational Management Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy Philosophy of Science Photography Physical Education Physics Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Public/Global Health Religious Studies Secondary Education Social Justice Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Sports and Recreation Management Statistics Supply Chain Management Telecommunications Theater/Drama Theology Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
IFSA students will live in University Flats with local and international students. In New Zealand a "flat" can be anything from a studio apartment to a large, free-standing house shared among many "flatmates." Living in a flat, or "going flatting," is a quintessential part of the University of Otago experience. Each student will receive a bedding pack containing two pillows, two pillow protectors, two pillowcases, a mattress protector, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a duvet (comforter) and duvet cover, a lightweight blanket and a towel upon arrival.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Hannah Sutton

Assistant Director of Student Services, Advisor for Australia and New Zealand

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Resident Director

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Sian Munro

Resident Director, New Zealand Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 8, 2020
Program End Date
June 18, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 27, 2020
Program End Date
November 8, 2020

Program Fees

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Total Program Fee
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Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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