Veritas Christian Study Abroad & Missions: Dunedin, New Zealand


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​Dunedin, built with the riches of the New Zealand gold rush, is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, history and modernism, scholarship and relaxation. Located at the mainland end of the Otago Peninsula in the Otago region of the South Island, this city draws heavily on its Scottish roots, earning itself the name "the Edinburgh of New Zealand," while also incorporating contemporary New Zealand culture.

In 1847, a group of Scottish Presbyterians landed in the harbor with the intention of building a replica of Edinburgh, though they had not anticipated the steeply sloping hillsides of their new home. Undeterred, the Scottish settlers began building a city that, by the 1850s, was home to 12,000 immigrants, a number particularly amplified by the gold rush a decade later. Along with beautiful beaches and rolling hills, the Otago Peninsula is known for its wildlife. The peninsula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world as well as breeding colonies for both Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguins.

College Town Vibe

Because Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, a large portion of its population is made up of students. Unlike other cities that are home to universities, Dunedin is considered a city dedicated and deeply connected to the university. This has led to the creation of numerous restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that cater specifically to the college-aged community.

Large Course Selection

ISA-Veritas Dunedin semester and year programs allow students to select courses from a wide variety of fields of study allowing their study abroad experience to fit their individual academic needs. Courses are conducted through the University of Otago and taught in English by host university professors.

ISA-Veritas students will enroll in courses alongside New Zealand and international students.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Dunedin Site Specialist.

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There are Semester and Summer programs available in Dunedin, New Zealand. Students who choose to do multiple programs will receive a discount. University of Otago



  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Students are required to submit an official transcript along with the application.
  • Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Language requirement: NONE (open to all levels)

Program Highlights:

  • Beautiful, traditional campus located a short walk from Dunedin's Octagon
  • Oldest university in New Zelanad
  • Strong Programs in Education; Geology; Marine Science; Psychology; Literature and History
  • Housing: Students will be placed in self-catered houses in the neighborhoods surrounding campus
  • Multi-day Bridging Cultures Program orientation in Auckland and Rotorua
  • Academic Overview

Semester Programs (Spring, Fall & Academic Year)

  • Students are required to maintain full-time student status during their programs,
  • including: One Veritas course: Cross-Cultural Leadership (required when min. enrollement of 6 student on-site met) (45 contact hours/3 semester credits; taught by Veritas professor)
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum (required) (1-3 semester credits; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor)
  • Other courses at the Univeristy of Otago to maintain full-time student status

Summer Programs Students will enroll in the following:

  • Two courses at the University of Otago required
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required (1 semester credit; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor) Academic Credit Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution.
  • For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program as determined by their home institution.
  • Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.