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A Semester in New Zealand - University of Otago
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Why the University of Otago?
The University of Otago is the oldest (founded in 1869) and most prestigious university in New Zealand.
The Otago campus is a mixture of historic and modern buildings, built on the edge of the Dunedin botanical gardens. Because students live within close proximity to university, the campus community is close knit and connected to Dunedin’s commercial district and civic life.
New Zealand is one of the least crowded countries in the world with dramatic landscapes that are perfect for hiking, fishing, swimming, surfing, skiing, and more.
The University of Otago is on the south island in New Zealand.
Dunedin is a vibrant city with festivals year-round, and it is a perfect spot from which you can explore New Zealand’s mountains, beaches, fjords, lush forests, and lakes. Summer temperatures range from 57-75 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures are about 41-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
ISU students can study at University of Otago for either (or both) the fall and spring semesters. Semesters at New Zealand universities run from February to June and July to November. ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student.
Courses are called “papers” at Otago. A single paper/course at the University of Otago is typically 18 points and transfers back to Iowa State as 4-5 credits each. Search for possible courses/papers here.
University of Otago offers a wide range of subjects that appeal to ISU majors. Popular areas of study are biology, geology, environment and society, Maori culture, biochemistry, human nutrition, humanities, education, engineering.
To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts
Where will I live?
When attending University of Otago, most students live in University Flats. These are furnished houses in which students have their own room but share common areas with 3-5 international roommates, including a kiwi host. They are located within a 10-minute walk to campus. For more information about Otago accommodation, please see this website.
New Zealand has some of the world’s oldest trees, rarest birds, insects, and plants (including the heaviest earthworm, the largest flightless parrot, and the oldest reptile).
New Zealand’s national rugby team is the All Blacks. Each international match opens with a haka, a Maori ceremonial challenge, which is performed by the All Blacks team.
To learn more about the Otago program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center. She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org