The University of Otago – API Program Spotlight

November 6, 2018
API students smile on New Zealand zipline tour

Dunedin, New Zealand is a hidden gem destination for study abroad students. Today we’re diving into API’s Direct Enrollment Program with the University of Otago!

University of Otago student on cliffside of Dunedin, New Zealand

The University of Otago

The University of Otago offers unique research opportunities for students studying science. Located along the southern coast of the island, it’s New Zealand’s oldest university and home to one of the world’s best oceanography programs. For business majors, the University of Otago is also a great choice.

Dunedin’s location: fieldwork and research opportunities

Because Dunedin is located so close to the coast, the University of Otago has big opportunities for geographical-specific research and fieldwork. It’s a natural laboratory at your doorstep! New Zealand-specific content and exploratory field trips are common components to many science courses such as Botany and Marine Science. In addition, a number of courses offered at Otago provide the opportunity to undertake a small, independent research project.

Top business accreditations

The University of Otago boasts some of the best business accreditations in higher education (AACSB & EQUIS). Students can take classes in everything from accounting to tourism and hospitality. Students interested in learning more about their host country can also take classes on New Zealand and Maori Studies.

API students smile on New Zealand zipline tour


Explore New Zealand’s culture with API

As part of the Direct Enrollment Program, students get to take excursions and cultural trips throughout the semester. Spring excursions include a tour of the world-famous Cadbury World Chocolate Factory, a brewery tour, as well as a trip up the southern coast. Students also get to attend a Kiwi favorite: a Highlanders Rugby game!

A student favorite by far though, is the three-day adventure to Rotorua on New Zealand’s north island. Students spend three days exploring Maori culture and seeing art and dance exhibitions. They also explore the natural wonders of the island through a zipline tour, and a guided hike of the local jungle.

Volunteer opportunities are also available during your time in New Zealand. Read more about how API Gives Back here.

Housing at the University of Otago

Students who take part in API’s Direct Enrollment program live close to each other in shared university flats on or near campus. Each student has their own private bedroom. Shared common areas include a kitchen, dining/living room, and bathroom facilities. Internet access, utilities, linens and kitchen utensils are provided. You can check out what the living areas are like here.

Want to learn more?

To hear from students who have done this program, check out this tag of our blog for their stories. If you’re interested in applying, applications for spring are due November 15! Click here to get started or give us a call at 800-844-4124.



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