IFSA University of Otago
- Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Language of Instruction: English
- Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors
Fall 2022 Program Update – As of January 2022, the New Zealand border is supposed to open in April 2022, meaning students should be able to attend for the Fall 2022 semester. New Zealand has been extremely strict about their borders since the start of the pandemic, so there is the possibility this may change. However, IFSA is accepting applications for this program and are moving forward as if the program will be running in-person for the fall.
COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings
You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
Located on a peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is home to fine architecture, cultural attractions, and world-famous wildlife reserves. The University of Otago was founded in 1869, making it New Zealand’s oldest university. The university has a strong focus on research, especially in nature-related sciences. Additionally, the university boasts a close relationship to Ngai Tahu, a South Island Maori tribe, who contribute to the Pacific and Maori Studies program on campus. Nearly all students live within walking distance of campus and the city center.
Required. Non-U.S. Citizens may have to meet additional requirements to study abroad in NZ depending on their country of citizenship. Non-US citizens should consult with IFSA and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.
- Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Student pay room and board fees directly to IFSA.
Students are strongly encouraged to take the indigenous Māori language while studying abroad in New Zealand.
15 point classes in New Zealand are equal to one Haverford credit. Students must take at least 60 points. This is equivalent to four courses at Haverford. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.
Students may take any of the available courses offered at the university. A course catalog can be found at the University of Otago’s website.
Accounting, Anatomy, Anthropology, Applied Sciences, Archaeology, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Film, Finance, Food Science, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geology, History, Immunology, Information Sciences, Linguistics, Management, Maori Studies, Marine Sciences, Marketing, Mathematics, Media, Microbiology, Music, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Theater
Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.
IFSA-Butler will provide airport pick-up for students, and bring them to picturesque Shakespear Regional Park, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland. The orientation there lasts 4 days and students stay in an open air sanctuary with thriving native bird life. Students will be introduced to academic and cultural differences. They will also participate in exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, learning to play rugby, archery, mountain biking, beach trips and an afternoon excursion to Waiwera, a natural hot springs.
Number of Students
Over 20,000 students attend the University of Otago.
Students will live in co-ed flats with other international and local students. Each student will have their own internet-equipped bedroom, and share bathroom, living room, and kitchen facilities with several other students. Additional facilities such as laundry rooms, study, music, and game rooms are accessible in the halls. The apartments are typically within walking distance to the university.
Housing is self-catered and includes kitchens where students can prepare their own meals.
Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.
- Support for LGTBQIA+ Students
- IFSA Inclusive Excellence
- Mental Health & Self Care While Abroad
- Diversity Abroad
- Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
- Direct Enrollment
- Semester I: Early July- mid-November
- Semester II: Mid-February to late June
- Semester I: March 1
- Semester II: October 1