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  • Locations: Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Workship Credit Eligible: No Chapel Credit Eligible: No
Sending Department: Center for Experiential Learning When: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Number of Credits: 12-18 Program Advisor: CEL advisor
Shots Recommended: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Routine Vaccines (see note) Eligible Majors: All
Projected Cost: $19,793 - $35,288 Housing Options: Apartment/Flat (shared)
Areas of Study: Accounting, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biology, Business, Communications, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, History, Humanities, Marine Biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sports Science
Program Description:

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About Dunedin


Surrounded by white sand beaches, forest-clad hills, and volcanic formations, Dunedin has a distinctly Scottish flavor and is often referred to as the "Edinburgh of the South" because of its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. If you love nature, you’ll find seals, albatross, and penguins living in the nature reserves at the city’s edge.Dunedin is a true University city. With a total population of 120,000, 20,000 are students, which means 1 in 6 people living in Dunedin is a student. BCA’s program in Dunedin is located at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious university. You’ll be able to enroll in a wide variety of courses, from Gender Studies to Pacific Island Studies. The latest addition to the university’s facilities is the Information Services Building (ISB). This complex houses the Central Library and extensive computer labs. The ISB features greatly expanded reader spaces, multimedia and online searching, and a facility for you to use your own laptops for Web browsing or e-mail. The University of Otago also has one of the best student activities programs in the world, with an amazingly extensive series of clubs, tours, activities, and events to choose from.

In Dunedin, you’ll live with students on campus, in nearby apartments, or with host families. The university is located in the center of Dunedin and the campus is a short walk from the city’s central shopping and services. There is more to Dunedin than just the university--spectacular scenery and awesome recreation opportunities are just a few hours’ drive away. The South Island is home to some of the best ski and boarding resorts, adventure tourism, and hiking opportunities.

Dunedin Quick Facts
  • You can find some of the world’s rarest penguins in Dunedin including rare yellow-eyed penguins.
  • Dunedin has a rightly deserved reputation as one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The world’s steepest street is in Dunedin - Baldwin Street. The annual Baldwin Street Gutbuster is part of Dunedin’s Summer Festival program.
  • Dunedin’s Botanic Garden is famous for the Rhododendron Dell. Its exotic beauty is celebrated every year in the third week of October with the Rhododendron Festival.
  • The Speights Brewery Heritage Tours offer a fascinating journey through the art of brewing from the Babylonians in 6000 BC to the modern day brewing that operates today. Speight's has been a part of Dunedin since 1876 and has a wonderful history that is depicted through audio visual displays.

University of Otago

University Information
university.jpgFounded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious university. Otago also enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and is a world leader in many academic fields. Students from around the world rate Otago’s reputation and the quality of its study environment as its strongest attractions.

Otago offers a rich cultural life, reflecting a diverse international student community and New Zealand’s own multicultural population. From its original Scottish foundations, the University now embraces its Pacific heritage. It is engaged in a mutually-beneficial partnership with Mäori, particularly with the local iwi (tribe), Ngäi Tahu. Just as it is
proactive in meeting the needs of the New Zealand people, the University of Otago welcomes the world. In 2013, the University hosted 2,600 international students from more than 90 countries enrolled in a wide range of courses at all levels of study.

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Otago are divided into four academic divisions with three avaialable to students studying abroad. Many departments and schools teach subjects and papers specific to their area of expertise. Staff from many academic departments also teach in subjects and papers from other academic areas.

School of Business Departments
The School of Business teaches major subjects for the business major as well as many postgraduate diplomas and degrees. Otago's international EQUIS and AACSB accreditations ensure your business education is truly world-class and globally recognized.The Division of Commerce website is available at

Division of Humanities Departments
The Division of Humanities at Otago is one of the most innovative and progressive in New Zealand. Humanities cover the major fields of the Arts and Social Sciences. The Division consists of 15 departments and includes professional programs in Law, Education, and Social Work. The Division of Humanities website is available at

Division of Sciences Departments
The Division of Sciences is responsible for a full range of sciences including degree programs in Consumer and Applied Sciences, Physical Education, and Surveying. The Division is a leader in many areas of genetic research and computer and information technology. The Division of Sciences website is available at

Student Life

As a BCA student at the University of Otago you will live in the university flats.  Usually three or four international students live with one or two New Zealanders.  The flats range from houses right next to campus to some new townhouses a bit farther away.  Each flat has individual bedrooms, shared bathroom(s) and a kitchen/common area.

Student Experiences

snow-hiking.jpgStudent Association
Student Name: Eric Sader, McPherson College
Organization: Student Association
Description: I signed up for a couple activities through the student association on campus. One I particularly enjoyed was a Kava ceremony acquainting one with the Fijian community. This and many, many others were offered.

Mentor Program
Student Name: Eric Sader, McPherson College
Organization: Mentor Program
Description: A mentor program pairs you with an established Otago student. It gives you a local contact and a few activities, especially early on. Movies, food, and other get-togethers were offered at no charge.



Educational Excursions & Activities
Each semester, BCA offers an excursion for our students.  All costs are included in the program fee.  BCA will notify you about excursion details shortly after your arrival in Dunedin.
Excursions are likely to change from year to year, but past students have enjoyed the following adventures:
  • Sheep farm
  • Milford Sound 
  • Glow Worms!

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.