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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.
Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.
Fall Housing Fees: $3,500-$3,850
Housing Fees: $3,500-$3,850 per semester
*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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will be taken to the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary where a lot of New Zealand’s native insects, birds, plants, trees and animals reside. As part of this trip you will get a guided tour of the Eco-sanctuary, hearing about the ongoing conservation work to helppreserve the native forest and the birds that live in it. You will also have the opportunity to get your hands dirty with some volunteering. This could involve trimming flax bushes, clearing the path or other tasks that need to be done. After all of this has been done you will be treated to a light afternoon tea back at the Eco-sanctuary classroom.
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.
Learn to surf in New Zealand! All materials will be provided and students will get first-hand experience and ride the waves in no time!
Some of the most wonderful places around this area are south of Dunedin. Often students forget about heading south and forget about the hidden gems down there. During this trip the students will get to see McLeans falls, Nugget point lighthouse, petrified forest and Purakanui falls. This will give the students a taste of the wonderful nature that NZ has.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
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.
Students receive an official transcript from the University of Otago upon completion of their program.
Hugo Borges will be your Resident Coordinator in Dunedin and a resource for you while you are in New Zealand!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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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.
Language of Instruction: English
University of Otago Class Catalog
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: English
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.