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New Zealand, Dunedin: University of Otago (Arcadia)
Dunedin, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
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:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Janelle Papay
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.

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



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
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission 06/25/2015 11/08/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/19/2015
02/19/2015 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 02/17/2016 11/13/2016
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 02/16/2016 06/23/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

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.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.