The University of Otago, the oldest university in New Zealand, was established in 1869. Located in Dunedin, Otago has an enrollment of 20,000 students. The university offers undergraduate courses in many discipline areas including the liberal arts, social sciences, language, literature and performing arts, business, and applied, biological, natural and physical sciences. Otago is New Zealand’s top ranked research university and is recognized worldwide for its research excellence.
Studying at the University of Otago also presents St. Olaf students the opportunity to engage in New Zealand studies, covering a number of disciplines. Courses in Maori and New Zealand studies fulfill the indigenous component of the humanities. Classes focused on this are offered in history, art history, politics, sociology and anthropology. Further, the university’s southern location enables students to participate in a broad range of fieldwork areas, including geography, geology, botany, marine science and other environmental science related courses. Otago also boasts the best psychology department in New Zealand. It offers courses in the major areas of psychology, including clinical, applied and social psychology, language, cognition, neuroscience, perception, behavior analysis and child development.
Not only does Otago offer the St. Olaf student a chance to study a wide range of subjects, its location in New Zealand has benefits of its own. Beyond its natural beauty and eco-friendly image, the reputation of New Zealanders as welcoming to overseas visitors is an immense benefit for students. The relatively small size of Dunedin (population of 120,000) allows international students to take part in community based initiatives while also taking advantage of recreational and tourism activities.
Otago’s location allows students to live in flats and apartments in close proximity to campus. This living situation not only provides a convenient location to central city services, but also the important opportunity to interact with the New Zealand students.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Jill Dietz.
NEW ZEALAND: OTAGO APPROVED GE CREDITS