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University of Otago

University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
3.95 / 5 based on 102 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
91% of students recommend
102 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (102)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (30)
Academic
3.9/5
4 stars (54)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.8/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.2/5
1 star (6)
If you wanna have a "typical" study abroad experience (meeting a lot of people from all over the world, partying a lot, etc.) and combine it with one of the most beautiful countries in the world as well as a very good university, then come to Otago. Read Review
joel_theisen, Luxembourg

University of Otago review by Joel

Review by Joel, Haute Ecole ICHEC -St Louis- ISFSC, Brussels, Belgium
Management Science, University Agreement
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: University Flats
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Uniflats
Why? You get in touch with a lot of people
Personal comments:
Even though the flats weren't in a good state, living in the Uniflats offers the possibility of meeting a lot of international and native students, especially in the big complexes (Lofts, Flofts, 480 Leith etc.)
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The bog is always great for a good Speights (an NZ beer) and a nice small talk. Partying in an old church is pretty awesome so go to the Monkey Bar. Other clubs are Metro or 10 Bar. Of course House parties are pretty epic as well!!!
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ACADEMIC       3.5 / 5
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Take only 3 papers in order to be able to travel around and enjoy the country. (The maximum is 4 papers)



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
none

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
At the beginning it was quite hard to understand the kiwi expressions and pronounciation, but after a while you get used to it
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Government assistance
An ERASMUS grant
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
I was travelling around every weekend (including skiing, bungee jumping, diving, caving etc.). Besides this the liquor is more expensive
Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Plan enough money for heaps of advanture activities
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Most houses are bad insolated, so it's getting pretty cold in winter (so from June to September)
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Nice uni, good facilities, friendly atmosphere



FINAL COMMENTS

If you wanna have a "typical" study abroad experience (meeting a lot of people from all over the world, partying a lot, etc.) and combine it with one of the most beautiful countries in the world as well as a very good university, then come to Otago.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
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