Known for establishing New Zealand’s first university in 1869, Dunedin on the South Island literally grew around the school making it the ultimate college town. With incredible wildlife and natural attractions, including the world’s rarest penguin colonies, and one of the country’s best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities, Dunedin is a rare place where history, culture and nature intertwine. Students study at Otago University, which focuses on the traditional arts and sciences, has an AACSB accredited Business School and is ranked as one of the world’s top schools for psychology, while making the most of the college town’s eclectic cafes and outdoor activities – you can go hiking or surfing just minutes from the city center! If that isn’t enough, Queenstown is just a few hours away offering even more adventure sports and excitement.

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On the southern part of the South Island

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New Zealand Population

4.8 million

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