• New Zealand
    • Queenstown
    • Dunedin
Subject Areas
Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Earth Sciences Ecology Geography Geology Natural Sciences

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level


Price Details
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD): $706.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD): $3,085.10
What's Included
Accommodation Meals Some Activities Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Cost includes:
- Tuition
- Insurance
- Accommodation and food for three weeks
- Field trips

What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers
Jul 09, 2019
Aug 28, 2017
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About Program

The International School provides international students with a unique opportunity to study the New Zealand environment and culture, while you travel, explore & earn credit alongside kiwi students.

Located among the natural beauty of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, Otago is the perfect choice for study abroad. With abundant wildlife, jaw-dropping scenery, great cafes and nightlife all within walking distance from campus, Dunedin has an energy and atmosphere that you’ll only find at Otago.

Learn about the physical and cultural geography of the southern South Island of New Zealand during this three week intensive course that generally runs from June through to July. The 12 points paper includes classwork and field trips followed by an independent study period which can be completed from anywhere in the world.

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Program Highlights

  • Study Abroad for three weeks in New Zealand's South Island.
  • Learn about NZ's physical and cultural geography.
  • Field Trips, Classwork and Independent Study.
  • Make lasting friendships and memorable experiences.
  • Full-credit paper worth 3 US Semester Credits / 6 ECTS.

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5.00 Rating
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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience

I highly recommend this program and would do it all over again. I believe it was the perfect length of three weeks, where you could get away during the summer, not miss any schooling, and travel the world. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places in the world to go and I already want to go back. The people and staff are amazing there, very helpful, and I felt very safe everywhere I went and at all times. I recommend traveling when you can on the weekends and road tripping with the friends that you will meet there and friendships that will last a lifetime. The course if great, including lots of field trips and diving into the culture there. One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Also 100% recommend sky diving and the canyon swing and snowboarding.

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program could be improved by making maybe a week longer or encouraging travel before or after.
42 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

GEOG 285

I completed the GEOG 285- Landscaping and Geography course and it exceeded all of my expectations! This three week program was the perfect mix of exploring, scenery, learning, and exhilaration. There is a great balance between school and fun and the field trips are remarkable. There is also enough time during weekends to go on personal trips. This class offers the opportunity of a lifetime and I loved every second of it. I had the chance to truly experience learning abroad and I met many cool people throughout the endeavor. The University of Otago is a beautiful campus with incredible staff who are friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this program and would do it again in a heartbeat!

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvement I would make to the program is adding on a few more weeks!
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great program with great support!

This program is a perfect way to fit in that study abroad experience into your busy college schedule! I took a geography of the South Island course during my time on this program and learned so much while on fantastic adventures and meeting amazing people. Three weeks was a short time but we still managed to pack in plenty. Several of my classmates and myself even stayed for awhile afterwards for further independent travel on that side of the world. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a fun and informative stuff abroad experience!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have loved the course to last a bit longer than 3 weeks!
45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

If you have a busy schedule at your home institution and can only fit in a short summer abroad program then this is just right for you. The 3 weeks that you are in New Zealand you will meet people from all different places and backgrounds that will leave a positive impact on you and help you to see the world from a global perspective. One thing I highly recommend is taking road trips with friends you meet in the program, as the trips I took with my new buddies throughout the beautiful landscapes of the south island will always be some of my most cherished memories. If you are worried about being there during the southern hemisphere's winter, rest assured that the landscapes are still verdant and gorgeous and the skiing and snowboarding should be great too. If you're looking for a summer abroad program that breaks from traditional study abroad norms and will lend you lifelong friendships and memories from the other side of the world, then look no further!

What would you improve about this program?
Make it a week or two longer
40 people found this review helpful.

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