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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Opportunity Description

The University of Otago campus is situated in the center of Dunedin, a city offering the best of both worlds to students. It has the facilities, entertainment, and variety of larger cities, with a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities. However, it is small enough to be friendly, uncrowded and safe.

What is unique about this program?

  • Established in 1869 in the city of Dunedin, Otago is New Zealand's first university.
  • Otago is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world.
  • Dunedin is New Zealand's only true student city, and provides an unmatched residential campus life, where you can live in the neighborhoods with local students and have a true "kiwi" student experience.
  • Otago’s extremely beautiful campus is within 10 minutes' walk of Dunedin’s vibrant city center.
  • Dunedin is also on the doorstep many of New Zealand's famed natural environments, from golden sand beaches complete with penguin residents, to vineyards, towering alpine peaks, impressive fjords, and glaciers tumbling through pristine sub-tropical rainforest. The south of the South Island is sure to hold great appeal for the adventure seeking study abroad student.

What is unique about Dunedin?

Historic and sophisticated, Dunedin is the quintessential university city. Modeled on Edinburgh in Scotland, it is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. A long, natural harbor gives way to the church spires and towers of the historic town center and university, set against high, green forested hills. A golden trail of beaches and dizzying cliffs skirt the city’s thundering Pacific Ocean flank, where seals, penguins, albatross – and incredible surf – can be found. Deservedly, Dunedin is now a popular tourist destination in its own right.

The colorful city center, just a few minutes’ walk from the campus, is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping centers. The harbor, a popular place for kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, fishing and yachting, is also a short distance from the eastern side of the campus. The Botanic Garden's 28 hectares of trees and park-land is located a few hundred meters from lecture theaters, and is a popular lunchtime venue with students and staff.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.