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Program Description


CAPA Shanghai

   Quick Facts

  • Beautiful, traditional campus located a short walk from Dunedin's Octagon

  • Oldest university in New Zealand

  • Strong Programs in Education; Exercise and Wellness; Geology; Marine Science; Psychology; Literature and History

  • Housing: Students will be placed in self-catered houses or residence halls in the neighborhoods surrounding campus

  • Multi-day Bridging Cultures Program orientation in Auckland and Rotorua

  • Optional semester break excursions  to Thailand, East Coast Australia, Bali, or Ayers Rock


CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

CAPA Shanghai - ECNU

Location Details

Dunedin (University of Otago)

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.
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.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

 Minimum Admissions Prerequisites
  • Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • There is no language prerequisite for this program.
  • Students must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Students must submit an official ASU transcript. In addition, students with any transfer credit from another institution (this includes all community colleges and other 4-year institutions) must submit official copies of all transcripts.

Course Information
Course Disclaimer
  • Course placement is often based on a placement test administered on-site.
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some of the courses offered.
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers.
  • All students should have alternate course options in mind in case of last minute class cancellations.
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descriptions for this program on the ISA website.
 University of Otago

The oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago was founded in 1869. The university has a strong research emphasis, and many of its programs focus on nature-related sciences, including geology, marine science, ecology, botany, and zoology. Over 20,000 students attend the university, representing over 100 different countries across the globe. The University of Otago also has a larger proportion of postgraduate students than any other New Zealand university. Along with programs in the sciences, the university has a number of programs in the humanities and arts, as well as in Pacific and Maori studies, which benefit from the university's close relationship to Ngai Tahu, a South Island Maori tribe.
Popular areas of study at Otago include: Geoglogy, Marine Science, Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Exercise and Wellness, Computer Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anthropology, Geography, New Zealand & Pacific Studies, History, Literature, Art History, Political Studies, Communication, Maori Studies, Religion, Psychology, Economics, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Tourism.
The University of Otago is renowned for its vibrant campus lifestyle. Almost all students live within walking distance of the main campus, and most students walk between their flats, campus, and the city center - which is just a few minutes walk from the center of the campus. The colorful city center is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques and shopping centers of an international standard.
Twelve of Otago's subject departments rank in the top 100 in the world for their subject areas, according to the QS World University rankings. The university's psychology program carries particular prestige, being among the top 50 in the world. The university itself is ranked in the top 200 worldwide and is ranked second of New Zealand universities.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

DCU - studying
Photos courtesy of ISA



Hampstead Apartments
Photo courtesty of ISA

Program Housing

Housing is provided on all ISA programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost. There are a range of housing options and costs vary according to accomodation selected and session. 
A Housing Commitment Fee of $1,000 must be paid by the Final Forms and Payment due date. This fee is nonrefundable after the payment due date and is applied to overall housing costs. The total housing cost will be billed 3-4 weeks prior to the program's departure, once a housing assignment has been allocated.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the New Zealand lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of New Zealand. All ISA Housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five and fifteen minutes depending on housing and class locations.
University Flats
ISA students studying at the University of Otago have the opportunity to live in co-ed flats maintained by the university. Students are placed in flats with other international and local students. Students will live in fully furnished single rooms in a four to six bedroom flat in one of the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Please note many flats will have a Kiwi host (local student), while some may only house international students. Meals and laundry service are not included. Bed linens are provided, though towels are not, and laundry facilities are available on site. Internet access is provided.

A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option will be responsible for their own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.

The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in New Zealand and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, or  Spring Semester Cost Sheet, for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet, to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 04/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/23/2020 11/08/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed