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Dunedin is the second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Dunedin and the surrounding area are widely known as an eco-tourism destination, and a great jumping-off point for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, trekking, and kayaking. The city is very easy to navigate for pedestrians, and its lively central shopping district is within walking distance of campus. Come study abroad with API in Dunedin and see why this city is a favorite for Kiwi students!

API students have the opportunity to study abroad in Dunedin at one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious universities – The University of Otago. Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is among the world’s best, ranking #1 for oceanography (2011), and its business programs are also AACSB and EQUIS accredited. Arguably one of the most beautiful campuses in the southern hemisphere, the school is located close to the city center – a perfect ‘commute’ for the student population (which makes up 20% of the city population of Dunedin). A recent i-Student Benchmarking Survey saw the University of Otago ranked highest of all New Zealand universities in such key areas as learning, living, support, and arrival services. Students can choose from subjects such as business, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and much more.

“Everyone at API was so helpful along the way and made it a straightforward and also an exciting process to study abroad. Having the support of my Program Manager and Resident Coordinator eased a lot of stress and made the whole experience a lot less nerve-wracking. I am so glad I chose API for my study abroad experience and I can't imagine doing it with anyone else. I will definitely recommend API to others!"

Marissa D. California State University, Fullerton
  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin Extra

    Cultural Activities

    • Lovers leap hike
    • Rugby game
    • Horseback riding
    • Nature tours
    • Hiking adventures
  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin Api Gives Back

    API Gives Back

    API students in Dunedin have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including working at an eco-sanctuary.

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin To Do

    Things to Do

    Catch the Southern Lights in the night sky


    Hiking and snow skiing

  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin Food


    Pineapple lumps (chocolate-covered pineapple)

    Jaffa (cakes)


  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin Festival
  • Discover More Small New Zealand Dunedin University

    University Highlights

    The University of Otago is one of New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious universities, ranking #1 in the world for oceanography, and among the top 200 universities worldwide.

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On-Site Staff

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Hugo Borges

Hugo Borges is the Dunedin Resident Director and will be there for you during your stay abroad.