Drawing on its surroundings, the university culture in Dunedin offers strong research-based academics, many nature–related science programs, and a vibrant campus lifestyle. Also, being largely a student city has led to a walkable, colorful city center full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques, shopping centers, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community. Further, the city sits along the Otago Peninsula, which boasts heaps of beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and some of the country’s best hiking, camping, skiing, and surfing –adventure is right outside your front door!
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What Our Students are Saying
"Overall I absolutely loved studying abroad in New Zealand. I truly think that going through ISA enhanced my experience due to the orientation at the beginning where I met my whole program and got to know them so well. Also through planned weekend excursions, or small group meetings. Compared to other programs here, I felt that our ISA group was very close with everyone and the staff truly cared about us as people and wanted to make our experiences the best that they possibly could."
Caroline G.Unviersity of Colorado, Boulder
"Studying in New Zealand, at the University of Otago, was one of the best experiences of my life - without question. ISA made my time here even better by planning excursions throughout the semester and having such wonderful on-site staff to turn to for guidance or assistance. If it was possible, I would definitely extend my time in New Zealand."
Edwin K.Virginia Wesleyan College
"Studying in Dunedin affirmed everything I had hoped for in a study abroad experience. Stunning geography, intriguing students and locals, a vibrant university, and great coordinators and programming through ISA. I could not ask for more. "
Ellen S.DePauw University
"My semester abroad (in Dunedin) was the best 5 months of my life thus far. I made so many amazing friends (locals and international students) and had incredible adventures that made saying goodbye and leaving (New Zealand) nearly impossible. The ISA program played a big role in my lack of culture shock, or any shock for that matter, upon arriving to the University, and the excursions they offered throughout the semester were well-organized, lots of fun, and kept me close with other students in the program. I would highly recommend studying abroad through this program, for it introduced me to some of my closest friends today, prepared me extremely well for what to expect academically and culturally, and provided me with opportunities to see and do many fun activities throughout New Zealand."
Riley S.University of San Diego
"Studying abroad with ISA gave me the freedom to experience all the unique things New Zealand had to offer, while also providing a sense of support that could act a parachute if I ever felt I needed it... Studying abroad with ISA provides the perfect circumstances from which you, as a student, can cast off and experience everything your host country has to offer. With local representatives, who know you personally, you feel comfortable leaving logistical odds and ends to them and can then focus on the combination of big and small adventures that are what truly make your time abroad so memorable."
Sarah C.Chapman University
"Studying abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin was one of the greatest experiences of my life. There is not one thing I would change about my experience abroad. I love the university, the culture, the people, the housing, the town, the food, and the country as a whole. New Zealand is the most beautiful country on the planet and has so much to offer. I would highly recommend studying abroad here to anybody, especially if you like the outdoors and hiking."
Zachary F.Indiana University, Bloomington