New Zealand

Students with a strong academic record and pertinent interests have the opportunity to study in beautiful and historic Dunedin, New Zealand. The University of Otago provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of academic offerings while living on the beautiful South Island. 

  • Based in Otago
  • Fall or Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: 3.25 GPA. Applicants should have prior coursework in the subjects they intend to study on the program, and must articulate clear reasons for advanced study of these subjects in New Zealand. Applicants should also describe their interest in studying the peoples and cultures of New Zealand.
  • While on the program students are required to take at least one class focused on the peoples and cultures of New Zealand
  • Live in student flats

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The University of Otago is the oldest University in New Zealand, and has four campuses in four different cities.  SLU students are able to study at the Dunedin campus on New Zealand’s south island during the fall or spring semester.  Dunedin is a coastal city located in the southernmost Otago province.  It is home to the only mainland breeding colony of the Albatross.

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You must take 4 courses (or papers) while studying in New Zealand and one paper must pertain to the peoples and cultures of New Zealand. 

A list of courses at Otago University that have been pre-approved by St. Lawrence can be found through this link. Pre-approved courses: Please keep in mind that these are just the courses that have been preapproved, but students may enroll in other courses as well, and seek approval after they have been accepted.

Otago Course Search:

Students need to fill out a course registration form (pink form) before their departure to ensure that their credits will transfer back to St. Lawrence. 

While searching for courses (papers), please remember that Semester One in New Zealand runs from February - June and Semester Two runs from July to November.

The University of Otago uses letter grades. Grades from New Zealand transfer back to St. Lawrence University as follows:

A/A+ = 4

A- = 3.75

B+ = 3.25

B = 3

B- = 2.75

C+ = 2.5

C = 2

C- = 1.75

Fail D = 0

Fail E = 0

  • Suggested New Zealand Content Courses

Maori 110 Introduction to Conversational Maori

Maori 102 Maori Society

Anth 205 Contemporary Pacific Cultures

Anth 103 Anthropology, Culture and Society

Soc1101 Sociology of New Zealand Society

Maori 108 Waiata: Te Timatanga

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Students are encouraged to get involved in University of Otago cultural, sporting, and recreational activities.  Students will receive a stipend to help defray the cost of participation in cultural enrichment activities.

Kiwi students normally use study breaks to study; therefore, SLU students should plan to do the same.

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Students will live in university-owned flats (apartments) with fellow international students and one or two kiwi hosts. It takes about 10-15 minutes walk from the uni-flat to the campus. 

There is no dining hall at the University of Otago. Students have to cook for their meals. Students will receive a board stipend to cover their meals. SLU will pay for the utility bill for students.  

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Please click here to find the Program Calendar

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in-depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students' participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

On site:  Otago will host orientation sessions when students arrive. Otago has a helpful link with orientation information for incoming students. You can get information about airport arrival service, the specific dates for the mandatory orientation meetings, and other arrival information

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the New Zealand program please contact one of the following people.

CIIS OfficeHui Helen Huang, Director of Asia Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty CoordinatorDr. Nadia Marano - Questions about program academics.

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