Study Abroad

IFSA University of Otago

  • Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


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.

  • Visa:

    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-Butler and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

Students are strongly encouraged to take the indigenous Māori language while studying abroad in New Zealand.


Academic Credit

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.

Course Highlights

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.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


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.

Housing/Meal Plans

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. 

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  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Late June to mid-November
  • Semester II: Mid-February to mid-July

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: October 15

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