The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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The IFSA Program at the University of Otago is a supported university enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year. Students take all their courses side-by-side with local students in the University.


The University of Otago, founded in 1869, is New Zealand's oldest university. A school of 18,000 students, Otago has strengths in political studies, anthropology, film and media studies, theater studies, geology, environmental science, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, bioethics.

Program Features

Located in Dunedin on the South Island, the university enjoys a privileged position near some of the world's most spectacular scenery. With easy access to many outdoor pursuits, as well as a small but thriving cultural scene, Dunedin offers students first-rate academic opportunities in a laid-back environment.

Students live in University-owned flats with international students and New Zealanders.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.