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IFSA-Butler University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: English
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Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Student responsibility Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
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This program is not running in spring 2021. Please contact Jordan Zilla for more information. 

IFSA-Butler University of Otago

The IFSA-Butler program at the University of Otago allows students the opportunity to take courses across a wide range of disciplines while also providing on-site support, activities, and excursions throughout the semester. Dunedin is a smaller city with a campus-town vibe, and it is one of New Zealand's only residential-style universities. 

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. 



On the IFSA-Butler program, students are required to enroll in 65-72 "points" per semester, which typically equates to four courses total, although it could be up to six courses if a course with worse fewer points. 65-72 points is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Courses are available in the areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Stem, and more. 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."

IFSA also offers its students additional opportunities such as internships, volunteering, and cultural excursions. Please note that if you are interested in participating in an internship during your semester abroad, it must be in addition to a full course-load. Princeton does not award academic credit for internships.


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

To view exact program dates, visit the IFSA-Butler website.


IFSA students will live in University Flats with local and international students. In New Zealand a "flat" 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. Each student will receive a bedding pack containing 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 upon arrival. 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. 

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.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

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 IFSA-Butler by their deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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