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University of Otago

Take regular university courses in your major or a related field. EAP immersion programs in New Zealand offer UC students the rewarding opportunity to be fully integrated into the academic and social life of any one of our exchange partners. Although each institution has its own specializations and strong offerings in many fields, they are similar in academic structure and most academic disciplines are available. With EAP, you are guaranteed a top public university that provides a consistently strong undergraduate education and offers a wide range of disciplines.

When searching for courses: in New Zealand courses are often referred to as "papers"; the units earned from a course are called "points" and the university catalog is called the "calendar". So what does "course" mean in New Zealand? It's the term they use to describe a degree program or program of study.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
  • See the academic offerings at all New Zealand universities to determine if University of Otago is the right partner institution for you. The document also lists course restrictions, if they apply.
  • Host institution online catalogs or course listings: University of Otago
      • Note: Because New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere, their academic year begins in February with Semester 1, followed in July by Semester 2. When searching for courses at your host institution, keep in mind that you enroll in Semester 1 courses if you are a UCEAP Spring participant, and Semester 2 courses if you are a UCEAP Fall participant. Sequential course series are set up accordingly.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester are required.

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study may be possible in this program. Arrangements are generally made at the Study Center after arrival at the host institution. Predeparture preparation may be required.

University of Otago, Dunedin

University of Otago, Dunedin 
The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university, was established in 1869. It is located in a residential district close to Dunedin’s town center. Otago enrolls more than 21,000 students in divisions of Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences. A comprehensive range of course work is available in the areas of the humanities, business, sciences, and health sciences. Many EAP participants have been majors in psychology, chemistry, the liberal arts, and the biological sciences.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

Student – initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for a wide range of organizations. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources University of Otago has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice. 

You can choose to live in a catered or non-catered hall of residence located a short distance from the main campus and city area, or in a shared student flat (apartment). You are also welcome to arrange temporary accommodation in advance and look for more permanent accommodation after arrival in Dunedin.

The February semester of any academic year is Otago’s busiest semester. There is pressure on the available student accommodations close to campus at this time of year and you may find it difficult to secure suitable and affordable accommodation close to campus. Most accommodations are located close to campus and it is unnecessary to drive or use public transport to and from the university (students usually bike or walk). The halls of residence are centrally heated, but if you stay in a flat or apartment you will find it necessary to purchase a space heater and warm bedding (there is no central heating in Dunedin), and to bring warm clothing.

Whiel you have the freedom to choose teh housing that best suits your needs and lifestyle, you will need to be proactive in selecting, securing, and paying teh University fo Otago directly for your semester housing, even if you are on financial aid.



Dunedin is an historical coastal city of about 122,000 people. It's a typical New Zealand town with a mixture of old and new. Originally a planned Scottish settlement, it grew rapidly with the discovery of gold in the 1860s. The town, which is surrounded by rolling green countryside, contains many old churches, mansions, museums, and a large harbor. Dunedin’s heritage includes gold rush days, early Maori culture, the whaling industry, and the early Scottish farmers. Dunedin has a variety of marine wildlife, including seals, penguins, and a world-famous colony of Royal Albatross.
​The campus lifestyle has been consistently ranked well among students, in part due to the University of Otago offering a multitude of clubs and societies while still maintaining a small, friendly community atmosphere. With the ocean and harbor on one side of Dunedin and rugged mountains on the other, students have easy access to both nautical activities and snow sports.