Dunedin sits in a natural harbor on the south end of the southern most island of New Zealand. WU students will study at the University of Otago. UO is about a 10 min walk from downtown Dunedin. The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university and is a large part of the Dunedin community. All Willamette students will participate in a Maori cultural excursion while in New Zealand learning about the way of life of the indigenous group. Minimum GPA required by host program: 3.0 GPA.
Tūrangawaewae Pōkai Whenua | A Place to Stand, A World to Explore
A new partnership introduced in 2018, offers study at Dunedin as part of an indigenous student exchange (ISE) program set up to host students from indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Students are encouraged to take classes in the Maori Studies department. Fall semester only (July - November). The exchange program encourages Maori students from the University of Otago to study at one of the six partner universities, including Willamette University during Spring semester. Please talk with an OIE advisor about this opportunity. Article announcing exchange.
Miranda Livers studied in Dunedin as the first WU participant in an Indigenous Student Exchange opportunity.
Find Otago classes here: (Classes are called "Papers")
There is a wide variety of courses available at the University of Otago. All majors are recommended for this program. More course information here.
Students on the Indigenous Students Exchange can work with a WU professor to earn credit for ANTH 490 (.5-1.0). Details would be arranged in advance of the semester abroad.
Students will live in nearby university flats with other UO students.
The Dunedin program is available during either Fall or Spring semesters. The Fall semester starts in the beginning of July and ends mid November, Spring semester starts mid February and ends late June.
Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. New Zealand requires that all international students purchase a specific type of insurance. This cost is included in the cost paid to Willamette University.
- Pre-arrival information for international students
- Average living costs at U of Otago
- Otago Application Process (do not complete until instructed by the OIE)
- Housing information and application (do not complete until instructed by the OIE)
- Healthcare, including insurance information
- Otago Daily Times: article about indigenous exchange
- Local News
- Local Weather
- Embassy of New Zealand: historical and government information
- CIA World Factbook
- Lonely Planet Guide