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  • Locations: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Chinese, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre
Program Description:

IFSA-Butler New Zealand: University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand

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About the Program | Dunedin,New Zealand | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
 
About the Program
The oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago was founded in 1869. The university has a strong research emphasis, and many of its programs focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology. Over 20,000 students attend the university, representing over 100 different countries across the globe. The University of Otago also has a larger proportion of postgraduate students than any other New Zealand university. Along with programs in the sciences, the university has a number of programs in the humanities and arts, as well as in Pacific and Maori studies, which benefit from the university's close relationship to Ngai Tahu, a South Island Maori tribe. The University of Otago offers classes in Earth and Ocean Sciences (Geology, Marine Science), Environmental Sciences (Ecology), Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Computer and Information Sciences, Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology), Social Sciences (Anthropology, Geography), New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Humanities (History, Literature, Art History, Political Studies), Communication Studies, Maori Studies, Religion & Theology, and Psychology. The university is recognized by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.

The University of Otago is renowned for its vibrant campus lifestyle. Almost all students live with walking distance of the main campus, and most students walk between their flats, campus, and the city center - which is just a few minutes' walk from the center of the campus. The colorful city center is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping centers of an international standard.

Twelve of Otago's subject departments rank in the top 100 in the world for their subject areas, according to the QS World University rankings. The university's psychology program carries particular prestige, being among the top 50 in the world. The university itself is ranked 169th worldwide, up 4 spots from the previous year, and is ranked second of New Zealand universities.


Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin, built with the riches of the New Zealand gold rush, is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, history and modernism, scholarship and relaxation. Located at the mainland end of the Otago Peninsula in the Otago region of the South Island, this city draws heavily on its Scottish roots, earning itself the name "the Edinburgh of New Zealand," while also incorporating contemporary New Zealand culture. In 1847, a group of Scottish Presbyterians landed in the harbor with the intention of building a replica of Edinburgh, though they had not anticipated the steeply sloping hillsides of their new home. Undeterred, the Scottish settlers began building a city that, by the 1850s, was home to 12,000 immigrants, a number particularly amplified by the gold rush a decade later.

Along with beautiful beaches and rolling hills, the Otago Peninsula is known for its wildlife. The peninsula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world as well as breeding colonies for both Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguins.

Because Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, a large portion of its population is made up of students. Unlike other cities that are home to universities, Dunedin is considered a city dedicated and deeply connected to the university. This has led to the creation of numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community.


Eligibility
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Foundation studies in the desired area of study
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Chinese, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre

Academic Culture
Study abroad students can select a wide range of courses from the same faculties to which degree-seeking students also have access. Students will typically enroll in four courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) at University of Auckland.  Each course worth 15 points in New Zealand will be the equivalent of 4 credit hours at Tulane. The University of Auckland offers many opportunities for you to pursue course-related excursions in many academics areas, especially Archaeology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geology, and Marine Science. Courses exploring Maori culture also include important field study.

Student Life
As a full-time student of the University of Otago, Tulane students will find themselves engaged in university life right alongside local, degree-seeking students. This engagement includes access to the student union and all other university facilities, along with the academic resources of the university. In addition, IFSA-Butler organizes orientation programming and events throughout the semester to ensure that students are fully immersed in New Zealand life!
 
What the University of Otago has to offer:
  • ?New Zealand's oldest university and a top-ranked research institution
  • An ideal setting for students interested in great academics and outdoor adventure
  • A unique student lifestyle in a close-knit community
  • International office, student health service, counseling service, theatre, concert hall, gymnasium, audiovisual center and information services center
  • A state of the art library with over 2,000 study spaces
  • An active student association and many societies and clubs for cultural, athletic, political and academic interests
  • Shops, music and entertainment within walking distance
The second southernmost university in the world with easy access to spectacular scenery and amazing recreation opportunities
An active students association sponsors a full range of social, political, cultural and athletic activities, including more than 100 clubs and societiesAn active students association sponsors a full range of social, political, cultural and athletic activities, including more than 100 clubs and societies.
 
Housing
Students will live in University Flats.
 
In New Zealand a "flat" means some kind of rented living space. It 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. Dunedin is a student-focused city and the neighborhood around the university is comprised mainly of student flats. Flatting is a great way to have a close group of friends and a good deal of independence while keeping your living expenses down.
 
In a flat, you will be responsible for buying and preparing your own food and cleaning your living space. Flatmates usually share the food expenses (which can make living inexpensive) and the cooking and cleaning duties. Flats are a great option for students who want independence while living with a small group of people. In just about all cases, IFSA-Butler students will flat with New Zealanders and other international students. Otago does its best to assign students with like interests and living preferences to the same flat, so it is important to be honest and candid when completing your housing preference form.
 
University Flats are university-owned flats located within a few blocks of campus. Students live in four-five-or six-bedroom flats with shared bathrooms, living rooms, kitchen and laundry facilities. Each flat is unique; some are stand-alone houses, some are duplexes and others are row houses, but in every case, students have a single bedroom with furniture and a space heater. Students attending the University of Otago receive the Guide to Flatting after arriving in New Zealand. This information, based upon the experiences of past students, provides advice about how to get along in a flat and make the situation work.
 
Each student will receive a bedding pack upon arrival. The bedding package contains 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. All items are professionally laundered regularly.

 
Helpful Links  
IFSA-Butler: University of Otago

Contact Past Participants
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