Whitman students may enroll directly at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, as visiting students, through an agreement with Whitman College. The University has 22,000 students and offers a broad range of courses and is particularly appealing to students of biology, geology and environmental studies because of the unusual geologic features of the South Island and the rare flora and fauna of the area. The city of Dunedin is a "university town" of about 120,000 inhabitants and the University is conveniently located near downtown bookstores, shops, and cafes.

“Absolutely amazing social and cultural experience! I made really close friendships with students from New Zealand, England, Amsterdam, Norway, Germany, France, Canada, the U.S. and more. I was initially worried about meeting Kiwis (New Zealanders), but I ended up becoming close friends with heaps of them and even stayed at four of their houses throughout the semester, which was a really cool way to get more involved in the culture. I couldn’t have asked for a better semester.” - Nikki A. ‘18

Student Blog:

Tehani Louis-Perkins | Spring 2017

Fields of study:

Natural and Environmental Sciences, Humanities (including film studies), Social Sciences

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Credits:

15-19 credits per semester
A full course load consists of 60 Otago points

Credit Conversion:

 24 Otago points =  6 Whitman credits
 21 Otago points =  5 Whitman credits
 18 Otago points =  5 Whitman credits
 15 Otago points =  4 Whitman credits
 12 Otago points =  3 Whitman credits
   9 Otago points =  2 Whitman credits
   6 Otago points =  1 Whitman credit

Internships:

None

Housing:

Students live in University Flats (small houses) with New Zealand students and other international students

Meals:

Students prepare or buy their own meals

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Calendar:

July-November (semester 2); February-June (semester 1)

Program Link:

University of Otago

Link to Subjects
and Papers:

University of Otago Subjects and Papers