Natural Sciences, Exercise Science, Social Science & Liberal Arts

University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Natural Sciences, Exercise Science, Social Science & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Dunedin

  • Host University

    University of Otago

    As one of the most beautiful campuses in the southern hemisphere, the University of Otago campus is located just a 10 minute walk from the center city and is comprised of picturesque buildings and welcoming green spaces. Drawing from its distinct environmental backdrop, the university has a strong research emphasis, and many of its programs focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology – utilizing the distinctive geography of the surrounding area as its classroom. Other particular academic strengths are in the health sciences, marketing and tourism, education, psychology, and religion. Otago Business School’s is EQUIS and AACSB accredited.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Late Jun, 2020 - Mid Nov, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    54 - 72 Credit Points

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section. 

Along with its beautiful beaches and rolling hills, Dunedin is a city unlike any other. When attending the University of Otago, you will truly enjoy how dedicated and deeply connected to the university the city is, with the creation of numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community.

The university has a strong research emphasis, and many of its programs focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology. Along with programs in the natural sciences, the university has a number of strong programs in the humanities and arts, health sciences, social sciences, among many others. Courses are conducted through the University of Otago and taught in English by host university professors. You will enroll in courses alongside New Zealand and international students. Every student who attends University of Otago begins the program with a four day/ three night Bridging Cultures Orientation Program in exciting Auckland and Rotorua - click on excursions to learn more.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Dunedin Program Manager.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

You must have a minimum of two semesters completed at a four-year university at the time of application. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Credit Points

54 - 72

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 20

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

  • Sample Courses and Syllabi
    The courses listed below are only a sampling of courses available; please click the "Complete University Course Catalog Listing" link for the full Course Handbook. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Program Manager.
  • Credit Conversion
    • 1 University of Otago course = 18 credit points = 3 - 4 U.S. semester credits (4 - 6 U.S. quarter credits).
    • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university. 
  • Course Level Recommendations
    ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the University of Otago paper (course) codes. All Otago paper codes consist of four letter abbreviations detailing the discipline of the paper (such as STAT for statistics) and three numbers. Papers with numbers beginning with 1, 2 or 3 are designed for undergraduate students. A code beginning with 1 represents first-year studies, 2 second-year, and 3 third-year. Papers classified as second and third-year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
  • Online Courses
    ISA does not recommend that students sign up for online courses through their host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.
  • Transcript
    The transcript from the University of Otago will reflect Credit Points for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.

You can either look at the list of subjects by school or alphabetically, or search for a paper by typing in a keyword.

     - To search by keyword, type a keyword (ex: "literature") into the "keyword" box. This will bring up all literature courses.
     - To search alphabetically or by school, click on the department in which you would like to take classes.
     - Click on "papers" to see what courses are offered in that subject.
     - List eight different courses (4 preferred and 4 alternative) in order of preference.

Understanding the Course Catalog

     - Which Semester is which?
          - Semester 1 = February - June term
          - Semester 2 = July - November term

     - You are only permitted to enroll in courses leveled 100-300. Study abroad students are not eligible for Foundation courses (below 100-level) or anything above the 300 level.

     -Course level equivalences per Otago
          - Level 100 = Freshman/Sophomore status
          - Level 200 = Junior status
          - Level 300 = Senior status
     - Sports Management classes (SPSX) are not available to study abroad students.

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Courses

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University of Otago
Additional Course Options to the Sampling Below
Course Options
Contact Hours
Division of Commerce/ School of Business
Accounting and Finance
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Business Studies
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Economics
Econometrics
ECON375
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Macroeconomics
ECON202
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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18 Credit Points
Information Sciences
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Management
Business Ethics
MANT331
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Contact Hours
Managing People
MANT250
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Marketing
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Contact Hours
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Division of Health Sciences
Anatomy
Cell Biology
ANAT332
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Neurobiology
ANAT242
18 Contact Hours
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Biochemistry
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Biological Anthropology
18 Credit Points
Biology
Animal Biology
BIOL112
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Biomedical Sciences
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Genetics
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Medical Genetics
GENE 313
18 Credit Points
Microbiology and Immunology
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Virology
MICR337
18 Credit Points
Physical Education
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Division of Humanities
Anthropology and Archaeology
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Art History
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Education
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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English and Linguistics
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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Phonology
LING215
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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Geography
18 Credit Points
Human Geography
GEOG102
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Urban Geography
GEOG215
18 Credit Points
History
Modern Italy
HIST325
18 Credit Points
18 Contact Hours
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Maori Studies
18 Scotcat Credits
Media, Film and Communication
18 Credit Points
18 Scotcat Credits
18 Credit Points
Film Genres
MFCO213
18 Credit Points
French Cinema
MFCO314
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Music and Theatre
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
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18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Politics
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Sociology, Gender and Social Work
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Mixed Methods
SOCI301
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Te Tuma - Maori and Pacific Studies
18 Credit Points
Maori Society
MAOR102
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Te Kakano 2
MAOR112
18 Credit Points
Te Mahuri 2
MAOR312
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Te Pihinga 2
MAOR212
18 Credit Points
Theology and Religion
18 Credit Points
Division of Sciences
Botany
18 Credit Points
Chemistry
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Computer Science
18 Credit Points
Environmental Science
18 Credit Points
Food Science
18 Credit Points
Geology
18 Credit Points
Geochemistry
GEOL262
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Marine Science
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Mathematics and Statistics
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Linear Algebra
MATH202
18 Credit Points
Mathematics 1
MATH160
18 Credit Points
Mathematics 2
MATH170
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Oceanography
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Physics
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Psychology
18 Credit Points
Biopsychology
PSYC317
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Surveying
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Land Tenure 2
SURV306
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Urban Design 1
SURV303
18 Credit Points
Zoology
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
18 Credit Points
Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Shaina MacLauchlan

Program Manager, New Zealand

DUNEDIN TEAM

Deanne Solomon

Assistant Resident Director, New Zealand

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Kiwi lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to New Zealand. At the University of Otago you will enjoy an authentic experience with your Dunedin accommodation within local student neighborhoods. All flats are within walking distance of campus and conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five to 15 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

Housing is provided on all ISA semester programs in New Zealand at an additional cost. Apartment accommodation starts at $3,650, without meals (subject to change). 

Apartment Without Meals

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad, but also want the support of the university. You will be placed in co-ed flats with other international and local students but will not live in the same flat as other ISA students. You will have your own bedroom within a fully furnished four to six bedroom flat in one of the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Please note many flats will have a Kiwi host (local student) while some may only house international students. Meals and laundry service are not included. Wireless internet and linens are provided in each flat.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option you will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in New Zealand at an additional cost. Apartment accommodation at the University of Auckland is $3,650, without meals (subject to change).You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in ISA housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of New Zealand that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on a multi-day trip (the ISA Bridging Cultures Program at the beginning of your program), a weekend trip, and two day trips to the following destinations.

Auckland and Rotorua & Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our four-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in exciting Auckland and Rotorua. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Kiwi culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include visit to Hobbiton, a traditional ceremony and hangi dinner at a Maori marae (meeting house), a visit to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland hot springs and a dip in Green and Blue lakes, a stop at Hamilton Gardens, the opportunity to learn the world-famous Haka, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.

Catlins

Located approximately one hour south from Dunedin lies the stunning region of the Catlins. This region hosts some of New Zealand's rarest animals including yellow eyed penguins and fur seals. During this day excursion, you will have a chance to see many of the regions highlights including waterfalls, wildlife, and majestic geological wonders.

North Otago Region and Lake Tekapo

You will spend the weekend learning about the Otago regions unique geological history and wildlife by exploring the northern part of the region, followed by stargazing at the night sky and the unique constellations, while lounging in the hot springs. On this overnight excursion students will discover a glimpse of the majestic South Island landscape and what makes this area so unique to New Zealand.

Queenstown

During this excursion you will get to experience one of New Zealand's wonders and have the opportunity to participate in some incredible activities. Starting off with a visit to Arrowtown to pan for gold, you will get to experience for yourself the ways in which early settlers sought to find their fortunes in gold. Next, you will visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a rehabilitation center for native birds and get to see the elusive (and nocturnal) Kiwi bird. On the way home, you will travel to Naseby and try your hand at curling, a Scottish sport that is integral to Otago's heritage.