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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Pre-requisite Subjects: For some courses
Field of Study: Anthropology, History, International Studies, Political Science SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Program Description:
New Zealand

BCA Abroad Dunedin
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand

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.

Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious university. The university has a presence in four New Zealand cities - Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin, where the majority of the 20,000 students are located. It has earned an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. The university's Te Temu School of Maori and Pacific Island Studies, part of the Humanities Division, was established in 1990.

At the University of Otago's Te Temu School of Maori and Pacific Island Studies, students may learn about the history of the Maori and indigenous peoples' confrontation with European colonization and the more contemporary challenges of globalization. To complement these studies, students have the opportunity to learn about the language, culture and political struggles of New Zealand's indigenous people.

At the University of Otago you can choose from a wide variety of subjects. We highly recommend that students take at least one course (or paper, in New Zealand) in Maori and Indigenous Studies.

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:
                        Te Anau Wildlife Park(overnight trip)
                        Queenstown(overnight trip)

As a BCA student at the University of Otago, you will have four housing options:

You can choose to live with a New Zealand family and take breakfast and dinner in their home. We recommend this choice if you want to become immersed in the New Zealand way of life.

University flats

Most BCA students 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 townhouse-type facilities a bit farther away. Each flat has individual bedrooms, shared bathroom(s) and a kitchen/common area.

Toroa International House

To ensure a diverse student population, Toroa accepts no more than one student from each study abroad organization, so they will place only one BCA student per semester. Individual apartments are similar to flats, with single bedrooms, shared bathrooms and a kitchen/common area. Located close to campus, Toroa House has a common room, computers, free laundry and activities for students.

Residence halls

Some BCA students stay in the various residence halls, but spaces are limited and usually reserved for University of Otago freshman. Relatively few international students live in the halls.


Each residence hall has a cafeteria and a full meal plan. If you live in the flats or Toroa House, you will receive a monthly meal stipend to purchase groceries. Please be aware the stipend only covers food - it will not be enough to cover miscellaneous expenses such as laundry and personal items.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.