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API students in Dunedin will have the opportunity to study at New Zealand’s oldest university – the University of Otago. The University of Otago has been rated by international students as one of the top universities in New Zealand in terms of quality of learning, living, support, and student services. API students will study alongside “Kiwis” and other international students. There are also opportunities for fieldwork and research in the areas of marine and geological sciences. For more information on these options, contact the API office.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Coordinator

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing (included, but billed separately from program cost)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dunedin programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.

  • Dunedin - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Dunedin. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Rotorua

    Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of the local jungle, geysers, and thermal mud pools.

  • Highlanders Rugby Game

    Students will attend a game of rugby under the roof of the only covered stadium in NZ, watch the Otago Highlanders take on one of their competitors!
  • Speights Brewery Tour

    Speights Brewery produces beer, which is also known as the “Pride of the South” and “The drink of the “Southern Man.” Here students will see how the brewery has developed over the years and take a trip down memory lane back to when it all started.
  • Cadbury World Chocolate Factory Tour

    The Cadbury chocolate factory is a must see in Dunedin, as this is where a lot of New Zealand's famous candy is made! Students will have the opportunity to try the different types of chocolate Cadbury makes, as well as try New Zealand's famous pineapple lumps.
  • Catlin's Tour

    Students will take a tour down to the deep south, working their way up the coast seeing Curio Bay, the Cathedral Caves, Purakaunui Falls, McLean's Falls, a petrified forest, and Nugget Point Lighthouse.

  • Dunedin - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Dunedin. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Rotorua

    Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of the local jungle, geysers, and thermal mud pools.

  • Highlanders Rugby Game

    Students will attend a game of rugby under the roof of the only covered stadium in NZ, watch the Otago Highlanders take on one of their competitors!
  • Speights Brewery Tour

    Speights Brewery produces beer, which is also known as the “Pride of the South” and “The drink of the “Southern Man.” Here students will see how the brewery has developed over the years and take a trip down memory lane back to when it all started.
  • Orokonui Ecosanctuary Tour

    The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a nature reserve 20 minutes outside of Dunedin where students will see some of the amazing conservation work that has been done to preserve some of New Zealand’s native bush and native animals. After a tour of the sanctuary, students will participate in some volunteer work, planting trees, clearing the tracks, weeding etc. An afternoon tea snack will be provided for the hard efforts!
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

    This excursion is to show the students that Dunedin has many things to offer. Starting the tour off with a trip to the worlds steepest street. After this proceeding 40km around the harbour to Tairoa head, here located is the Royal Albatross colony- the only land based colony in the world. The students will be taken for an hour tour around the colony, seeing chicks on the nests and hearing about the pest prevention program that the colony has. After this the students will head around the coast a little to the Penguin Place, here is a penguin hospital where injured or sick penguins are brought into get better. They are then taken on a tour around the conversation land through tunnels and trenches to see the penguins that have taken residence in the conservation park. Here you can get up close with yellow eyed penguins and the NZ fur seal. During this walk the student will get to see some of Otago’s rough beautiful coastlines and forestry.

  • Moeraki Boulders and Oamaru Tour

    Oamaru is a historic town roughly an hour north of Dunedin, where there are a lot of historical buildings, a steampunk museum, a penguin and seal colony and an amazing adult playground! The Moeraki boulders are large rocks that are scattered along a beach - they are a very popular tourist attraction along the coast.

  • Dunedin - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Dunedin. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Rotorua

    Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of the local jungle, geysers, and thermal mud pools.

  • Highlanders Rugby Game

    Students will attend a game of rugby under the roof of the only covered stadium in NZ, watch the Otago Highlanders take on one of their competitors!
  • Orokonui Ecosanctuary Tour

    The Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a nature reserve 20 minutes outside of Dunedin where students will see some of the amazing conservation work that has been done to preserve some of New Zealand’s native bush and native animals. After a tour of the sanctuary, students will participate in some volunteer work, planting trees, clearing the tracks, weeding etc. An afternoon tea snack will be provided for the hard efforts!
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

    This excursion is to show the students that Dunedin has many things to offer. Starting the tour off with a trip to the worlds steepest street. After this proceeding 40km around the harbour to Tairoa head, here located is the Royal Albatross colony- the only land based colony in the world. The students will be taken for an hour tour around the colony, seeing chicks on the nests and hearing about the pest prevention program that the colony has. After this the students will head around the coast a little to the Penguin Place, here is a penguin hospital where injured or sick penguins are brought into get better. They are then taken on a tour around the conversation land through tunnels and trenches to see the penguins that have taken residence in the conservation park. Here you can get up close with yellow eyed penguins and the NZ fur seal. During this walk the student will get to see some of Otago’s rough beautiful coastlines and forestry.

  • Moeraki Boulders and Oamaru Tour

    Oamaru is a historic town roughly an hour north of Dunedin, where there are a lot of historical buildings, a steampunk museum, a penguin and seal colony and an amazing adult playground! The Moeraki boulders are large rocks that are scattered along a beach - they are a very popular tourist attraction along the coast.

  • Catlin's Tour

    Students will take a tour down to the deep south, working their way up the coast seeing Curio Bay, the Cathedral Caves, Purakaunui Falls, McLean's Falls, a petrified forest, and Nugget Point Lighthouse.

  • Local Hiking Exploration

    Together we will choose one of the many great walks around Dunedin. Starting from the bottom, we will work our way up the walking track to the top of one of the tracks. This won’t be a walk in the park, but it’s not extreme mountaineering either.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

API students in Dunedin will have the opportunity to study at New Zealand’s oldest university – the University of Otago. The University of Otago has been rated by international students as one of the top universities in New Zealand in terms of quality of learning, living, support, and student services. API students will study alongside “Kiwis” and other international students. There are also opportunities for fieldwork and research in the areas of marine and geological sciences. For more information on these options, contact the API office.

EXTEND YOUR STAY

As the spring semester ends shortly before the summer program, students may elect to extend their stay in Dunedin by staying on after the spring term. Students who repeat programs are eligible for program discounts. Contact the API office for more information on these options.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the University of Otago upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

  • Hugo Borges

    Hugo Borges

    Hugo Borges will be your Resident Coordinator in Dunedin and a resource for you while you are in New Zealand!

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in New Zealand operate on a credit ‘point’ system. Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” The credit point weight per paper varies from 15-20, depending on the course with 18 credit points most common. Generally speaking, one 18 point paper is generally equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits. Most students take 3-4 papers per semester for 54-72 credit points per semester or 12-16 U.S. semester credits. Given that point values vary, the way in which credits completed abroad will transfer to a student’s home campus will be under the discretion of the student’s home institution, and should be verified in advance.

Otago Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: English   

University of Otago Class Catalog

Otago Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Otago’s southern New Zealand location, in close proximity to wildlife, marine and geological areas of research interest, enables University departments to make the most of the natural laboratory on their doorstep. New Zealand-specific content and exploratory field trips are common components to many science courses in, for example, Botany, Ecology, Geography, Geology, and Marine Science. In addition, a number of papers offered at Otago provide the opportunity to undertake a small, independent research project.

Language of Instruction: Engilsh   

Otago Executive Seminars

Study Abroad students can take advantage of the range of opportunities available at the School, including the Visiting Executive Programme (VEP). The VEP is designed to bring leading national and international executives to the School to give lunchtime seminars to students. In the past, VEP speakers have included the Hon. Bill English, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Tim Gibson, former CEO New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Language of Instruction: English   

Otago Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: English   

University of Otago Class Catalog

Otago Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Otago’s southern New Zealand location, in close proximity to wildlife, marine and geological areas of research interest, enables University departments to make the most of the natural laboratory on their doorstep. New Zealand-specific content and exploratory field trips are common components to many science courses in, for example, Botany, Ecology, Geography, Geology, and Marine Science. In addition, a number of papers offered at Otago provide the opportunity to undertake a small, independent research project.

Language of Instruction: Engilsh   

Otago Executive Seminars

Study Abroad students can take advantage of the range of opportunities available at the School, including the Visiting Executive Programme (VEP). The VEP is designed to bring leading national and international executives to the School to give lunchtime seminars to students. In the past, VEP speakers have included the Hon. Bill English, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Tim Gibson, former CEO New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Language of Instruction: English   

Otago Course Information

Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.

Language of Instruction: English   

University of Otago Class Catalog

Otago Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Otago’s southern New Zealand location, in close proximity to wildlife, marine and geological areas of research interest, enables University departments to make the most of the natural laboratory on their doorstep. New Zealand-specific content and exploratory field trips are common components to many science courses in, for example, Botany, Ecology, Geography, Geology, and Marine Science. In addition, a number of papers offered at Otago provide the opportunity to undertake a small, independent research project.

Language of Instruction: Engilsh   

Otago Executive Seminars

Study Abroad students can take advantage of the range of opportunities available at the School, including the Visiting Executive Programme (VEP). The VEP is designed to bring leading national and international executives to the School to give lunchtime seminars to students. In the past, VEP speakers have included the Hon. Bill English, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Tim Gibson, former CEO New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Language of Instruction: English   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Top business accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS)
  • One of the world’s best oceanography programs (#1 in 2011)
  • New Zealand’s oldest university
  • Unique Teacher Education Program

All API Dunedin students will be housed close to each other in shared university flats on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Internet and utilities are included.

Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs for semester/year programs (housing for the summer program is included in the program cost). The housing range for the semester/year program is $3,500-$3,850 per semester. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

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*Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs for semester/year programs (housing for the summer program is included in the program cost). API reserves the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

**Tuition and fees are included in the program fee but please note some universities charge extra tuition/fees for specialty areas in some science and engineering disciplines, for example, to cover laboratory, studio, or fieldwork. These fees will be billed separately but students will know in advance which papers are subject to additional fees.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 13, 2020 - Jun 18, 2020

Pricing Additional Information

Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.

Spring Housing Fees: $3,500-$3,850

Nov 1, 2019 Dec 1, 2019
Spring Feb 14, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019 $14,380 Nov 1, 2018 Nov 15, 2018
Fall Jun 27, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019

Pricing Additional Information

Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.

Fall Housing Fees: $3,500-$3,850

Mar 15, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Academic Year Jun 27, 2019 - Jun 18, 2020

Pricing Additional Information

Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.

Housing Fees: $3,500-$3,850 per semester

Mar 15, 2019 Apr 30, 2019