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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.

What's Included?

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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

Housing 

Excursions 

Resident Coordinator

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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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

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 are subject to change.

  • Peninsula Tour and Key Sights in Dunedin

    Take a tour around Dunedin’s amazing Peninsula, experiencing some breath-taking scenery, see some of Dunedin’s wildlife (fur seals, albatross, penguins and possibly dolphins) all while learning about the history of Dunedin.

  • Rugby Event

    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!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

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.

COURSE INFORMATION

Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” Introductory papers are called 100-level papers; subsequent years or semesters are considered 200 and 300-level papers. 400-level papers are considered at the graduate level. Summer papers are worth 12 points (or approximately 6 ECTS /3 U.S. semester credits).

The paper offered during the 3-week summer term is “Landscape Development and Environmental Change in the South Island, New Zealand,” and transfers as 3 U.S. semester credits.

Students can expect to be in classes and on field trips most of the day (except for meal breaks) during the three-week intensive block. Given that point values vary, the way in which credits completed abroad will transfer to a student’s home campus will be at the discretion of the student’s home institution and should be verified in advance.

Weekends will generally be free, depending on the final field trip schedules. Students will be assigned readings in advance of their coursework to put them on a more level footing with their Kiwi counterparts.

TRANSCRIPTS

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

Staff & Coordinators

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    Gretchen Druliner

    Gretchen Druliner will be your Resident Coordinator in Dunedin and a resource for you on-site.

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    Rebecca Cott

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

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” Introductory papers are called 100-level papers; subsequent years or semesters are considered 200 and 300-level papers. 400-level papers are considered at the graduate level. Summer papers are worth 12 points (or approximately 6 ECTS / 3 U.S. semester credits).

Students will enroll in 1 paper during the 3-week summer term for approximately 3 U.S. semester credits. Students can expect to be in classes and on field trips most of the day (except for meal breaks) during the three-week intensive block. Weekends will generally be free, depending on the final field trip schedules. Students will be assigned readings in advance of their coursework to put them on a more level footing with their Kiwi counterparts.

Landscape Development and Environmental Change in South Island, New Zealand

This paper introduces students to the geological and structural development of the Southern Alps, the key drivers of landscape development, the impact of people on the environment and the current state of the environment.

Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on understanding the temporal and spatial dimensions of change and developing an ability to read landscapes and understand the causes and consequences of environmental change.

Lecture topics also include processes of alpine erosion, glaciation and the physical and biological landscapes, the arrival of Polynesian and European peoples to New Zealand, and the agricultural economy of the Waitaki Valley.

Students will traverse the Waitaki Valley and make their way to Aoraki Mount Cook for a three-day field trip. The field study will focus on reviewing the evidence of landscape change spanning geological to human timescales. There are also laboratory sessions during the on-campus period, where students investigate uplift and erosion, study aerial photography and satellite imagery in relation to landscape development, and map cultural change.

Assessment is based on laboratory program (40%), assignments (30%), and a field report (30%).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • New Zealand’s oldest university

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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