To say that this is one of the best decisions I have ever made is a huge understatement. I have loved every experience this beautiful country has been gracious enough to give me, I have met amazing people and learned more than just what was taught in lectures. I made friends and figured out what I want to do in graduate school.
Why BCA Dunedin?
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Alaina Lewis: Dunedin, New Zealand 2017
- Follow your own path in New Zealand and uncover the country’s natural beauty! Dunedin is surrounded by white sand beaches, forest-clad hills and volcanic formations. You’ll easily find some of the world’s rarest animals, such as albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins, living at the city’s edge.
- Engage with the community by participating in an internship or volunteer opportunity based on your passions and personal pursuits.
- Challenge yourself to learn about New Zealand’s indigenous community by taking Maori culture courses on language, society and performing arts. Visit an authentic Maori marae, a traditional meeting place, with BCA and connect with local students dedicated to keeping their culture and traditions alive.
- For students studying Education, the Education Department at University of Otago offers a hands-on teaching experience through its unique program. Students have the opportunity to take three courses focused on educational theory, right alongside local students from the University of Otago College of Education. One course includes a 5-week practical experience observing and teaching in schools for either early childhood or primary students.
The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious university and is regularly ranked among the top universities in the world. The University offers a rich cultural life, reflecting a diverse international student community and New Zealand’s own multicultural population. With internationally ranked departments in arts and humanities, life sciences and medicine, and social sciences and management, it’s the perfect place to take major-specific courses, pursue independent research opportunities, or apply for select internship opportunities. Plus, with the wide variety of disciplines available, you can also enroll in some courses to fulfill general education requirements.
Dunedin is the only university town in New Zealand, and it provides you with plenty of opportunities to connect to local people and the environment! Through the fantastic student activities program at The University of Otago, you can join one of the more than 70 societies, like dance, hiking, music and sports clubs. Various offices on campus also organize optional trips around the South Island each semester, which is a great way to meet new people and observe the diversity of the NZ. In addition, there are many volunteer opportunities available to connect you with local organizations and community members.
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Your Resident Director in Dunedin will introduce you to the culturally and historically significant spots and provide you with opportunities to hike the breathtaking landscapes of the city and surrounding area. Through your activities together you will meet Kiwis (New Zealanders) and share experiences that you just cannot find in tourist travel book or a general tour. Together with the RD, you will go beyond Dunedin’s boundaries. Excursions vary by semester but in the past have included Flagstaff Mountain to view the local glowworms, a sheep farm and an overnight stay at a Maori marae.
As a city with a population that is mainly comprised of students, Dunedin is truly a University city — 1 in 6 Dunedin residents are students! The city of 120,000 is perfect for nature lovers, with sandy white beaches and volcanoes to penguins and seals living in the nature reserves. It’s also known for the combination of Victorian and Edwardian architecture that fills the city, which has earned Dunedin the name "Edinburgh of the South" due to its distinct Scottish flavor. With plenty to see and do, Dunedin is a natural escape for residents and visitors alike.
Some highlights of the city:
- Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh. The city was planned in Scotland and by 1849, seven ships had safely landed the founding families established homes, small farms, businesses and churches.
- Some of the world’s rarest penguins, including yellow-eyed penguins, are found in Dunedin.
- Dunedin has a Botanic Garden, and it’s famous for the Rhododendron Dell. The city celebrates its beauty at the annual Rhododendron Festival in the third week of October.
- The city has a Speights Brewery Heritage Tour to take visitors through the journey of brewing across the ages — from the Babylonians to modern-day brewing. The Speights’ tours have been occurring since 1876.
- Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street, is located in Dunedin.
Program Quick Facts
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 15
Language of Instruction:
University of Otago
Fall Semester: Late June – Mid-November
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Mid-June
Volunteer, internship, independent research and practical teaching opportunities available