This program is suspended for the 2021-2022 academic year.


DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

Students on the New Zealand Program attend the University of Otago (UO), the first university established in New Zealand in 1869. The University of Otago is located in Dunedin, the second largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. The city is considered to be one of the four main cities New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons.

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University of Otago is New Zealand’s top ranked research institution and has an international reputation for excellence, with a strong support system for students. 


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Direct enrollment to the University of Otago
  • Good programmatic fit across a variety of academic disciplines
  • Opportunities to live with local Kiwi hosts


ACADEMICS 

Students directly enroll at the University of Otago located in Dunedin, where they can study a broad spectrum of discipline to enhance their academic pursuits. The Dickinson in New Zealand program presents opportunities for students across many academic disciplines. Students enroll in a total of four courses at the University of Otago, one of which must be a New Zealand culture course with a focus on culture and/or history, allowing students to delve even further into the local culture.  

ACADEMIC EXCURSIONS 

Students will be led on various outings in and around Dunedin while studying on the program as well as have opportunities to explore New Zealand on their own.  

HOUSING AND MEALS 

Students live in University Flats (apartment style housing) around the University of Otago campus. Each flat houses between 4-6 students who are also studying abroad at Otago, as well as a Kiwi host (a local New Zealand student). Students prepare their own meals and are provided with a board credit on their Dickinson student account.  

STAFF 

Associate Professor of Chemistry Amy Witter serves as the faculty director of the program (2021–23). Her teaching and research interests include investigating the behavior and dynamics of trace inorganic and organic chemicals in aquatic ecosystems. The faculty director plans and leads the academic program, and advises and supports students. The on-campus coordinator is the Center for Global Study and Engagement. 

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TERM DATES 

Fall, Spring 

Fall: late June to late November. Applications are due by February 10 

Spring: mid-February to late June. Applications are due by September 21 

EXPECTATIONS 

3.0 GPA 

FACULTY DIRECTOR 

Amy Witter  
Associate Professor of Chemistry 
witter@dickinson.edu 

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The on-campus coordinator is the Center for Global Study and Engagement


“While there, I was a member of the Otago University Snow Sports Club (“OUSSC”), Kayak Club (“OUCC”), and Cheese Making Club (“OUCMC”) and when I wasn’t in class, I was out exploring the country. Academically, I loved the opportunity to take more intensive courses in my major in a larger school setting, taking classes in Tourism, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Marketing.”  

—Kirsten Brodeen ’20 (International Business and Management) 

Dickinson Majors that are a good fit for Dickinson in New Zealand
  • Anthropology 
  • Archaeology 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Earth Science 
  • Economics 
  • Education 
  • English 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Geology 
  • History 
  • International Business and Management 
  • International Studies 
  • Law and Policy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics 
  • Policy Studies 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Religion 
  • Sociology 

Don’t see your major? Connect with us. This program could still be a good fit for you. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is not currently open for non-Dickinson students. Check our list of available programs here


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