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Study Abroad in New Zealand

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Interested in spending a semester abroad? Learn more about Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand!

Located on New Zealand’s South Island, which is home to stunning snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches, and dozens of national parks, Otago Polytechnic (OP) has a long tradition of producing exceptional graduates who are productive, thoughtful, and innovative representatives of their chosen fields. With a wide range of student activities and a campus located in the heart of the coastal town of Dunedin, Otago Polytechnic offers you the opportunity to make friends while experiencing everything that Kiwi culture has to offer. Major programs include business, communication, environmental management and sustainability, graphic design, informational technology, marketing, and sport management.



  • OP has a 3.00 minimum GPA requirement.

  • Semester, year-long, and summer programs available.

  • Semester 1: February-June (expect fall weather in the southern hemisphere). Semester 2: July-November.

  • For information about the Summer Program, generally the month of June, please click here.

Course and Subject Offerings

  • All your courses must be taken from one discipline (for example, all courses in Applied Business, or in IT, or in Sport, and so on).

  • Architectural Studies

  • Dunedin School of Art (requires students to submit portfolio)

  • Applied Business (small selection of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Tourism courses). Each semester, Applied Business is divided into two “Blocks” with Blocks 1 and 2 in Semester 1 (Spring) and Blocks 3 and 4 in Semester 2 (Fall). You will take two courses each block.

  • Design (requires students to submit portfolio) Choose either Communication Design, Fashion Design, or Product Design.

  • Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical)

  • Information Technology/Computer Science

  • Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (Exercise, Health, Nutrition, Sport)

  • Contact the SNHU Study Abroad Office for the current Course Catalog.

  • Students will study (and live) at the Dunedin campus only. Please limit your research to this campus.



Students studying at OP will live in a homestay with a local family, and the family will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The homestay usually is a single bedroom, but you could share a family with a SNHU friend or another OP international student. See the Homestay Handbook for more information.


General Information

  • Click here for information about Extracurricular Opportunities.



Scholarships are available. Click here for a database of scholarships and contact


The links and information above are subject to change. Please notify us at if you find a broken link or have questions.

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