IFSA University of Otago Summer

Dunedin, New Zealand


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About University of Otago Summer

Spend this summer at the second southernmost university in the world. Study landscape development and environmental change in South Island, New Zealand

University of Otago Summer Benefits

  • Study at New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution
  • Located in a premier New Zealand college town, an ideal setting for students interested in both quality academic opportunities and outdoor adventures
  • An independent assessment period gives you the flexibility to travel or return to the states to complete your coursework
  • Courses include field study opportunities such as Mt. Cook, Queenstown, local museums, coastal environments and a Maori Marae outside of Dunedin

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 Summer

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

Please note that this program has a unique teaching structure: students are in class in Dunedin for three weeks, after which they have seven weeks to complete their final assignments. During this time, students can travel or return to their home country, so long as they complete their final assignment by the deadline.

To view course details, view the University of Otago International School website.

Students enroll in one course for a total of 3 U.S. semester credit hours. 
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 Summer
Agriculture Cultural Studies Earth Science Environmental Science/Studies Geography Indigenous Studies Marine Science Population Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Most meals included
Please note that while the academic commitment for this program is 8-weeks, housing is only provided for the three-week teaching period. Please contact your program advisor for more information. IFSA students will live in University Flats located within a 15-minute walk to campus. Flats include single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and common areas.

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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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Sian Munro

Resident Director, New Zealand Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Summer 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 20, 2019
Program End Date
July 13, 2019

Program Fees

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