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  • Locations: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne Housing Options: Apartment/Flat
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: INTED Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct
Program Description:


A Summer in New Zealand: University of Otago

Program Features

New ZealandWhy the University of Otago?

University of Otago International School
22 June - 12 July 2019
Dunedin, New Zealand

Study abroad at the University of Otago's International School and enjoy a slice of winter in your summer!  This summer program is perfectly timed to coincide with American students' northern hemisphere summer.  Students at the University of Otago International School will earn 3 academic credits within a 3-week intensive block of classes.  Classes will begin on June 24 and conclude on July 12, 2019.  Following this 3-week block of classes, students will complete an independent study that can be done anywhere (but must be wrapped up by August 30, 2019).     

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest and most research-intensive university.  Located on the south island and integrated into the center of Dunedin, University of Otago features a lovely campus with traditional architecture and is within proximity to breathtaking landscapes and coastlines.  For those who love snow sports, the Otago region features some of the country's top skiing and snowboarding fields, as well as four major ski resorts.  The University of Otago is considered New Zealand's most competitive and prestigious university with schools of Commerce, Sciences, Health Sciences, and Humanities.



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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.



New ZealandWhat courses?

Students at the International School are invited to take 1 "paper" (the Kiwi term for "course") during their summer study abroad.  The paper is worth 12 Otago points or 3 U.S. semester credits and will include field trips and be followed by an independent study.  Choose from:

• "Southern Landscapes": Landscape development and environmental change in the South Island, New Zealand.

more detailed information about this class can be found here.

To participate in the program students must be of sophomore status prior to the start of the program in June.
Students will be assigned and supplied with pre-reading that must be completed prior to beginning the Otago International School summer coursework.

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. 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


Cost and Scholarships

New ZealandHow much?

The program fee for Summer 2019 is to be announced.
The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, housing, some meals, ISU's CISI insurance, and the mandatory New Zealand health insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

See the Budget Sheet link above for the detailed budget. 



New ZealandWhere will I live?

International School students will be placed within a Dunedin student neighborhood where each student has an individual bedroom with shared living space.  These accommodations are fully catered, so meals will be provided.  (During field trips outside of Dunedin, accommodation and most meals will be provided.)

Please note that housing is arranged only for the 3-week block of classes.  During the independent study following, students are welcome to remain in Dunedin, but they must find their own housing and meals.


Dates and Contacts

New ZealandWhen?



How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

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: