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TEAN New Zealand: University of Otago

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Dunedin, New Zealand




- Good academic and disciplinary standing

- Minimum 3.0 UI and cumulative GPA

Application Due:

Spring: 10/1

Fall: 3/1

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.


The University of Iowa partners with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to offer students the opportunity to study at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Students will take courses at the local university in a variety of areas related to their field of study.

General Education Approvals

Gen Ed Approvals

Academic Program

University of Otago campus

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Otago are divided into four academic divisions: School of Business, Division of Health Science, Division of Humanities, and Division of Sciences.

The university's Psychology program is ranked in the top 50 Psychology programs in the world, and number one in New Zealand.

The University of Otago is New Zealand’s most research-intensive university and is the country’s top-ranked university for research quality. Otago also enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and is a world leader in many fields.

Particular academic strengths are in the fields of Biomedical and Health Sciences; Economics, Marketing and Tourism; Philosophy, Psychology, Theology and History; and Music. Students interested in field studies should consider geology and ecology studies at Otago.

The University of Otago School of Business is AACSB accredited.

Course Levels:

  • 100-level is the equivalent of a 200-level/sophomore level U.S. course.
  • 200-level is the equivalent of a 300-level/junior level U.S. course.
  • 300 level is the equivalent of a 400-level/senior level U.S. course. (Note: these courses require a high level of competency and you will most likely need to fulfill numerous prerequisites).
  • 400-level + courses are graduate level and, for the most part, are not open to study abroad students.

Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in many different disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and for a list of popular courses, see the course selection instructions on the TEAN website for the program: TEAN New Zealand: University of Otago. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 41 and 81 Otago credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

About the Courses

  • The New Zealand academic year begins each February. As you select courses, keep in mind: Semester 1 is February – June and Semester 2 is July – November. Ensure that you select courses from the correct semester.
  • Courses for Semester 1 (February/March start) are generally not available until October. Although courses do not change tremendously from year to year, please be aware that you may need to make additional selections once papers are officially published.
  • New Zealand universities have a drop/add period of one week once classes begin. The first week of courses allows you to visit other lectures to “shop around” for your best options.

Program-related Cultural Activities

Included in the cost of the program is the six-day, pre-semester orientation and cultural program located in Queenstown, New Zealand, also known as the "adventure capital of the world." From kayaking through pristine natural beauty to getting to know Maori culture, TEAN’s exclusive Orientation Excursion is an exciting and educational introduction to New Zealand. Taking place in Queenstown—a fascinating town just as famous for its adrenaline-inducing activities as it is for its stunning landscapes—the orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by acquainting you with the local culture and academics, allowing time to get to know your soon-to-be-friends and having a memorable journey in the process. TEAN’s in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions.

Program Dates

  • Spring Semester (New Zealand's Semester 1): February - June
  • Fall Semester (New Zealand's Semester 2): July - November

Winter and Summer programs are not available.

New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand

Whether you’re drawn to its natural beauty, adrenaline-inducing adventure activities, national sport of rugby, or friendly people, New Zealand won’t disappoint. Surrounded by water, home to more animals than people, and featuring some of the most unique landscapes and natural wonders in the world, New Zealand is the place to be for environmental science and wildlife studies. Here students can jump right into what they’re studying with real-life examples and experiences all around them. Beyond the stunning scenery, this island nation is known for its progressive political history and being a champion of women’s rights, as well as having extensive dairy and tourism industries. Art and culture are also front and center thanks to Maori influences, a flourishing film scene, and one of the best design schools in the world.


Dunedin, located on New Zealand's South Island, is the second largest city on the South Island. With a population of around 120,000 people, Dunedin is considered a "university town." The area has a generally temperate climate, but has a large number of micro-climates. Summers are normally warm and winters are normally frosty, but relatively mild. There are many parks, gardens, historic homes, museums, and many other interesting places to visit.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Students will live in residential student apartments located within a short walk of campus. Generally, there are 4-5 students per apartment. Students will have access to full kitchen facilities and utensils are provided. All rooms are singles. The apartments, or “flats” as they are called in New Zealand, are fully furnished. The common areas include lounge seating, table and chairs, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer, toaster, and kettle. Bedrooms include a double bed, mattress, set of drawers, desk, and chair.

The University Flats house mostly international students, and some flats have Kiwi hosts. These are local students who live in the accommodation and are available as a resource to international students. While you will find yourself living mostly with other international students, the University Flats are spread throughout the university neighborhood, so it is likely you will have local student neighbors—85% of Otago’s students live within a 15-minute walk of campus, and so will you. This makes for a very vibrant campus and student community.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements with advice from Study Abroad and TEAN. TEAN also offers a group flight that students can purchase if they wish.

Local Transportation

One of the best ways to explore Dunedin is on foot. Dunedin also has public busses.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and have a minimum UI as well as cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply. Students must have completed one year of study on campus at the University of Iowa in order to study abroad.


There is a $50 UI non-refundable application fee, and a TEAN $100 application deposit. The program fee for Spring 2019 has not yet been calculated. Students will pay the TEAN program fee, Study Abroad administrative fees, and will be enrolled in Iowa Regents international health insurance.

The program fee includes tuition and fees, housing, the TEAN pre-semester excursion to Queenstown, and onsite support services as well as pre-departure services. Expected additional costs include but are not limited to: meals, local transportation, airfare, personal expenses, visa fees, and textbooks.

Students will receive an automatic $750 from TEAN to participate in this program.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with TEAN
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with TEAN

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Fall Semester: March 1

How to apply

  1. Meet with the Study Abroad advisor for New Zealand. To make an appointment, please call 319-335-0353 and schedule an appointment on the advisor's calendar with the receptionist.
  2. Complete the UI Study Abroad online application at the following link: UI Study Abroad online application.
  3. Complete the TEAN online application at the following link: TEAN online application.

After the application cycle has finished, students will receive an email, an acceptance letter, and more information about accepting their place in the Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program as well as information on applying for visas and purchasing plane tickets. Continue to check this website for more information on post-application procedures.

Confirmation Materials

More information will become available at a later date.

Acceptance Packet

Please read the following documents and retain them for your records:


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These are in addition to TEAN's pre-departure and onsite orientations. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email

Program-specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session after you have been accepted to the program.

In-country Orientation

TEAN provides a six-day, pre-semester orientation program in Queenstown, New Zealand. After the TEAN orientation, students will depart for their respective campuses, and will partake in an orientation program on their host university's campus.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343