Dunedin, New Zealand—Study Abroad
This program is offered through ISA at the University of Otago.
Dunedin, built with the riches of the New Zealand gold rush, is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, history and modernism, scholarship and relaxation. Located at the mainland end of the Otago Peninsula in the Otago region of the South Island, this city draws heavily on its Scottish roots, earning itself the name "the Edinburgh of New Zealand," while also incorporating contemporary New Zealand culture. In 1847, a group of Scottish Presbyterians landed in the harbor with the intention of building a replica of Edinburgh, though they had not anticipated the steeply sloping hillsides of their new home. Undeterred, the Scottish settlers began building a city that, by the 1850s, was home to 12,000 immigrants, a number particularly amplified by the gold rush a decade later.
The oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago was founded in 1869. 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. Over 20,000 students attend the university, representing over 100 different countries across the globe. The University of Otago also has a larger proportion of postgraduate students than any other New Zealand university. Along with programs in the sciences, the university has a number of programs in the humanities and arts, as well as in Pacific and Maori studies, which benefit from the university's close relationship to Ngai Tahu, a South Island Maori nation. The University of Otago offers classes in Earth and Ocean Sciences (Geology, Marine Science), Environmental Sciences (Ecology), Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Computer and Information Sciences, Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology), Social Sciences (Anthropology, Geography), New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Humanities (History, Literature, Art History, Political Studies), Communication Studies, Maori Studies, Religion & Theology, Psychology, Business (Economics, International Business, Management, Marketing), and Tourism. The university is EQUIS and AACSB accredited. The university is recognized by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.