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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)
Take some time to travel around the country. I would definetely suggest Queenstown if you like adventure sports. Swimming with the dolfins in Kaikoura is another unforggetable experience. Read Review
christiantorrens, Spain

University of Otago review by christiantorrens

Review by christiantorrens, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Marketing and Sales Management, 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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Because I enjoyed the experience and I believe you learn from it.
Personal comments:
I lived in a "flatting community" called Toroa International House. My flatmates and the people living in other flats were from a wide range of countries. Getting to know things about their cultures and personalities is what I found more interesting about living there.
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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, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The Cook Tavern and KCs as night spots. Not to be missed an All-Blacks game. To travel around New Zealand is another must.
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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:
It is hard to know from your home University which courses are avaible for the year. In my opinion, this should be improved.



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:
Probably some more recommendations about the complementarity of the courses.

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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?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Although I was quite fluent in English before going to New Zealand my level has improved. At the beginning, though, it was sometimes hard to understand the accent that the "kiwis" use as it is very different from the american-english accent that I had mostly heard before.
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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
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Telephone: local calls are free and I did not use any mobile. Accomodation: At home I live with my family. However, flatting in New Zealand is far cheaper than in Spain. Night life: Alcohol is expensive, but entrance to the clubs is usually free of charge. Travel: The accomodation in backpackers is really affordable and travelling by bus is also very cheap. However, air fares are very expensive. I also spend a lot travelling, because all the adventure sports to do and all the beautiful sceneries that New Zealand has and I did not want to miss.
Travel, Overall, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Plan ahead your expenses, if you do so you probably will not find any surprise. In general I consider New Zeland a "cheap country".
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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...
In New Zealand is usually quite cold, at least in the South Island. It is not awful, but sometimes I wished it was a little bit warmer.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



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:
To improve the coordination among courses.



FINAL COMMENTS

Take some time to travel around the country. I would definetely suggest Queenstown if you like adventure sports. Swimming with the dolfins in Kaikoura is another unforggetable experience.
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