Exercise and Sports Science is a rapidly growing academic discipline that is now a standard program of study in universities around the world. BCA Study Abroad offers study abroad exercise and sports science programs in New Zealand at the world-renowned University of Otago. Founded in 1869, the University of Otago features a long and proud tradition of academic excellence and rewarding student experiences.


Otago’s School of Physical Education is the foremost institution for the study of physical education, exercise science, sport and dance in New Zealand and has an international reputation for high quality staff and facilities.

The School offers a broad range of study options and a teaching staff who deliver the latest knowledge, theories and methods in their lectures, tutorials, laboratories and course books. Academic staff in the School of Physical Education are inspirational teachers with national and international reputations for scholarship in their areas of research and interest.

The School of Physical Education draws many students from abroad who are attracted by the expertise and commitment of our staff and by the picturesque geography of Dunedin city and the Otago region. Situated at the head of the scenic Otago harbour, Dunedin is a vibrant and culturally rich city with an abundance of sporting facilities and is surrounded by surf beaches and mountains.

World Class Facilities

Otago’s School of Physical Education offers world class facilities housing some of the most advanced equipment in the world, including the only swimming flume in the Southern Hemisphere, an environmental chamber, and an immersion tank. The School also has a comprehensive inventory of outdoor education equipment to support the practical experience programme, including kayaks, Canadian canoes, tents, and trekking and camping equipment.

New Zealand Study Abroad Exercise and Sports Science Subject Areas

The School of Physical Education offers the following 4 major subjects within its degree program. Each subject offers the opportunity to study the following topics.

Sport & Exercise Science
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Sports Nutrition
Sport & Leisure Studies
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport & Leisure Management & Policy
  • Sport Sociology
  • Sport History
  • Sport Media & Communication
  • Body Culture
  • Akoranga Whakakori
Exercise Prescription & Rehabilitation
  • Prescribing Exercise
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Activity & Health
  • Adaptive Physical Activity for Children and Special Populations
Professional Studies
  • Teaching
  • Outdoor & Adventure Education
  • Coaching
  • Physical & Health Education
  • Akoranga Whakakori
  • Dance Studies


  • Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Clothing and Textiles in Sport
  • Health Studies
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Nutrition
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Marketing Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Physical Education
  • Elements of Dance
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Medical Aspects of Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Adventure Education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Outdoors
  • Sports Coaching
  • Body, Culture and Society
  • Sport Management and Strategy
  • Physiology
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Tourism
  • Sport Tourism

Combine Cultural Immersion With Sports Science

As part of your New Zealand Exercise and Sports Science study abroad experience, you’ll have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the intriguing New Zealand culture. As a BCA Study Abroad student, you’ll also gain cultural awareness and valuable life experiences by pursuing opportunities such as volunteer work within the local community.

To learn more about the life-changing programs for Exercise and Sports Science study abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago, contact BCA Study Abroad today.