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New Zealand: TEAN at University of Otago

This Rollins approved program, run through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), provides students the opportunity to live and study at the University of Otago and become fully immersed in Kiwi campus life!

To experience New Zealand fully, students take courses related to the country and region and join campus activities and events with local students!

Experience New Zealand!

To experience New Zealand fully, students take courses related to the country and region and join campus activities and events with local students!

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Students on this program are fully immersed into student life at New Zealand’s oldest university and largest residential campus in the southern hemisphere. Students live in flats with other international and Kiwi students and the program is designed to introduce students to New Zealand's rich culture and history.  Students have access to a wide range of courses at Otago and this program is an excellent fit for many Rollins majors and minors, including Biology, Music, Theatre, Political Science, and Psychology. 

  • Junior and Seniors; Sophomores with exceptionally strong academic records will also be considered 
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Starting Fall 2022, TEAN requires students be fully vaccinated and to have received their booster against COVID-19 to participate in their programs.
  • This program has a required advising session (30 minutes) as part of the application process. Please visit our home page to schedule an advising appointment.

Spring 2023

  • Late Feb: Required Arrival Date
  • Late June: Program End Date 

Fall 2022

  • Jun 28: Arrival Date
  • Jun 30- July 3: TEAN Orientation
  • July 4-8: University Orientation
  • July 11: Classes Begin
  • Aug 27 Sept 4: Semester Break
  • Oct 14: Last Day of Classes
  • Oct 15-18: Study Period
  • Oct 19- Nov 12: Exam Period 
  • Nov 13: Program End Date


New Zealand is widely considered the adventure capital of the world! So your program starts with an action-packed orientation in NZ’s capital city, Auckland. It includes a wide range of activities, such as zorbing and rappelling alongside waterfalls. Of course, no orientation to NZ is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. You’ll spend time with local Maori guides who will provide a fun and interactive introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary life in NZ. After this adventurous, five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals.


Although you are responsible for booking your own flight to Dunedin, TEAN will assist you through one of their preferred vendors. Rollins strongly recommends that you use this vendor as they are not only trusted, but they also have all of the details regarding your routing, such as which cities you'll need to stop in as part of your orientation and how long you'll be in those cities. Students are responsible for booking a flight from Auckland (where the orientation occurs) to Dunedin, and may also need to book a flight to the West Coast of the US, where the preferred vendor flights depart from.


U.S. citizens DO need a visa in order to study in New Zealand. The NZ visa application is an entirely online process and payment must be made by credit card at the time of application (apprx. $40). For general information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

TEAN and the University of Otago

The Education Abroad Network, TEAN, is a study abroad organization that has been developing high quality study abroad programs for American students since 1995 by establishing partnerships with universities across the South Pacific and Pacific Rim.

The University of Otago was founded in 1869 and is the oldest and largest residential campus in New Zealand.  It has been consistently ranked amongst NZ’s top 3 universities. Just under 20,000 students attend Otago, including 1,800 international students from nearly 100 countries.


New Zealand Studies Courses: Students must choose at least two courses from this list of New Zealand Studies courses.*

*Course requirements may be flexible. Please contact IP for more information.

Students will then select two additional courses from the wide variety of courses available to visiting students, pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity. Click here to see the full list of available courses.

NOTE: When reviewing course options, make sure the course is available "Semester 2" (equivalent to our fall semester) or "Semester 1" (equivalent to our spring semester). 

A Warning About the New Zealand Educational System

In New Zealand, there are generally fewer class, or contact hours, per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of your academic performance. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam. There will be a great degree of self-discipline and self-directed study required. Contact with professors is more limited, and most professors have a lecture-based teaching style. Students are generally expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

In addition, students entering university are typically already focused in their major or academic specialization. Thus, introductory courses at Otago typically cover topics that might not be covered until later levels at Rollins. Take this into account when selecting courses!

Transfer of Credit

Students take four courses on this program and most courses are worth 4 credits so typically students earn 16 credits during the semester. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.


Housing & Meals

Students will live in a university flat for the duration of the term. The flats will be comprised of several international students and at least one Kiwi host. The Kiwi host will help integrate students to the University, social life, and New Zealand culture. Meals are not included in the program, but the university flats are centrally located and are within walking distance of the campus, center of town, shops, cafes and restaurants. Students are responsible for buying and cooking their own food.

Students can join the Otago University Student association, which sponsors over 60 sport, social, and academic clubs. The association also organizes social events, excursions off campus, and free student breakfast. UniPol, the university gym, has basketball courts, weight rooms, cardio equipment, and group fitness classes. The International Office can connect students with local organizations for volunteer work and also organizes activities throughout the semester such as hikes, rugby matches, socials, and activities in Dunedin exploring the vibrant urban and art scene.  Getting involved is one of the best ways to meet local and other international students.

In addition to the orientation activities, TEAN offers optional mid-semester excursions across the South Island and to Thailand (both for additional fees).

Things to Consider

Students with mobility disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations different from the United States. Check the US Department of State Travelers with Disabilities and specific to the country, Mobility International USA, and the IP Your Identity Abroad page for resources.

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,740.00


Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, transportation between Auckland and Dunedin, and cultural activities.

Does Not Include

  • International Airfare: $2,200 (estimate)
  • Optional travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: Costs vary
  • Visa fee: $40 (estimate)
  • Cost of all meals: $2,090 (estimate) 
  • Personal Expenses/ Course Materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, Entertainment, Independent Travel: Costs vary, average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary


Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Students can also apply for additional scholarships through TEAN.

Living Abroad

New Zealand has a higher cost of living than the United States.