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University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Type of Program: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study, Field Work Degree Level: 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students, 4th year u/g students
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
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Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • Otago application deadline: December 1, 2020

University of Otago

The University of Otago offers students the chance to study at New Zealand's oldest university and experience a real college town. Students have access to a wide range of courses, from biology to pre-medicine to sociology and much more. Students will live in the idyllic southern island of New Zealand and have access to both the beach and the mountains.

The University

The University of Otago takes its name from the beautiful southern province of Otago. Within an hour's drive of the university campus, students can explore some of the region's and New Zealand's most spectacular scenic and outdoor attractions. It's ideal for day trips to any of the southern lakes and to high mountain valleys, rivers and secluded beaches. In contrast to Dunedin's moderate coastal climate, the inland region of Central Otago enjoys extreme seasons that allow snow sports in the winter and water sports in summer. 

The Setting

The University of Otago is located in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the head of the Otago Harbor on the South Island. It has a rich Scottish and Maori heritage and is known for its large student population, being dubbed one of the only "college towns" in New Zealand. The South Island is known for its natural beauty and lots of outdoor, recreational opportunities that students can take advantage of. 



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 72 "points" per semester, which typically equates to four courses total. This is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. For a detailed list of courses available, please search the Otago course catalog. Please note that at Otago, "papers" is the term used for "courses."


Applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from late June to early November
Spring semester typically runs from early February to mid June

You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar.  


Almost all of Otago's study abroad students choose to live in University Flats. All of the flats are located in the main local student neighborhoods, and all are within 15 minutes walk of campus and the city center. At least one local student is placed in each University Flat, and these students are known as "kiwi hosts". This unique living arrangement offers a much higher level of integration with the local student community and is a major benefit of the Otago Study Abroad experience. Every flat houses 2–6 students, and all are furnished; plus you will have your own bedroom which is also fully furnished with double bed, mattress, desk, chair, and drawers. For more information about accommodations at Otago, please visit the Otago accommodations website

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
You need to obtain a student visa to study in New Zealand for more than 3 months. Please visit the New Zealand embassy website for more information. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program should complete the following steps:
  1. Open an application in GPS, which can be accessed by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page, and submit all documents and required materials according to the GPS deadline. 
  2. Submit a program application to the University of Otago. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 04/30/2021 05/07/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/30/2021 05/07/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 10/15/2021 10/22/2021 TBA TBA
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