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.
This program is currently designed for Teaching Fellows. This semester abroad program will allow students to enroll directly at the University of Otago. Students will take courses in education, as well as various elective offerings. Additionally, students will have local school placements during the semester, where they will have the opportunity to engage in the local education system.
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.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
- Spring Semester – February to June
- *Students may do Winter Term on campus
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
View the program budget sheet:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, 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.
- Arcadia offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for some semester programs, and some scholarships specific to New Zealand.
- 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.
- typically four single bedrooms
- shared bathrooms
- located close to campus and shopping
- contain a furnished kitchen and common room
- managed by the University of Otago
- great student communities
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 special permission obtained from a foreign government to remain in their country for an extended period of time for a specific activity. The New Zealand visa process is very straightforward, but does require some time. The visa is issued electronically so students will not receive any sort of letter or passport stamp. Students should take these time commitments into account when applying for this program. US citizens will not have to surrender their passport to apply for a visa, but the visa process could take up to four weeks. Non-US citizens may need to surrender their passports during the visa application process.
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, and personal preparation, as well as 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.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.
Global Ambassadors (GAs) 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 GAs via email.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2020||09/12/2019 **||Rolling Admission||02/10/2020||06/18/2020|
|Spring||2021||09/10/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
Early Action Period: Apr. 7 to May 7. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 26 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.
Rolling Period: May 26 to Sept. 10. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by Sept. 10 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.
Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.
All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit refund deadline, Nov. 5. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.
The start date and end date 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.
** 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.
Indicates that deadline has passed