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New Zealand, Dunedin: University of Otago (Arcadia)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
 Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
 Minimum GPA:
 Language Prerequisite:
 Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
 Course Prerequisite(s):
 Housing Options:
 Program Type:
 Internship Option:
 Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
 Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
 Program Capacity:
 Program Advisor/Manager:
Janelle Papay
 Course #/Placeholder:
NZS 381 IS
Program Description:

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About the Location

New Zealand comprises two major islands in the South Pacific with a population of 4.3 million people and 2.4 million visitors each year.  New Zealand's rich culture is influenced by its people, geography, and climate.  The culture of its indigenous Maori people, in particular, affects the language, the arts, business practices, and even the accents of all New Zealanders.


To see course listings for this semester program, click here.  Course registration instructions can be found on Arcadia's website.  

Things to remember about courses taken abroad:

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Students must fill out the Course Request Packet and meet with the Assistant Registrar to know how the courses will count toward their degree. 

General Program Dates

Fall semester – June to November
Spring semester – February to June
Southern Hemisphere Year- February to November
Northern Hemisphere Year - July to June of the following year


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

  • Arcadia offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for some semester programs. 
  • The GEC offers need-based scholarships for Elon semester programs.  For more information on funding opportunities, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
  • If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.



The University of Otago manages many flats as a primary accommodation option for international and study abroad students and strives to place one University of Otago host student within each flat to give students valuable information about student life in Dunedin and New Zealand in general.

Flats are:

  • located close to campus and shopping
  • contain a furnished kitchen, common room, and single bedrooms


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Arcadia University.  Students will need to fill out another application upon approval from Elon.


A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the foreign government to remain in their country for an extended period of time.  Students should take these time commitments into account when applying for this program.  The visa process will require surrendering passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.

Students will receive more information about the visa process during orientation.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. 

These orientations will address issues of:

  • academic
  • cultural
  • logistical
  • financial
  • personal preparation
  • health and safety
Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center on Facebook to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/17/2013 
09/27/2013 02/11/2014 06/19/2014
Calendar Year 2014 09/17/2013 
09/27/2013 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
02/24/2014 TBA TBA
 NOTE: The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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