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Information for new PhD students on Christchurch campus

New international PhD students

International students will have been contacted prior to arrival regarding meeting with the Manager, Academic Programmes, to arrange enrolment.

Documents to bring to this initial meeting:

  • Passport/visa
  • a passport-size photo

The meeting will cover:

  • Witnessing of passport documents
  • Finalising enrolment
  • Bank Account letter/accommodation confirmation
  • Scholarship payment form
  • University of Otago ID card
  • Student Insurance
  • Student Services Fee
  • Liaising with supervising department
  • Mobile phone / Metro information / Christchurch map / liaison with other students from same country / student workshops information / PSOC brochure / library information

Further information for international students

New domestic PhD students

Prior to commencement date, new domestic PhD candidates should meet with the Manager, Academic Programmes.

The meeting will cover:

  • Enrolment
  • Scholarship payment form
  • University of Otago ID card – need a passport-size photo and driver’s licence
  • Any other administrative matters

For all new PhD students

Your supervising department is responsible for:

  • Providing you with a study space
  • Organising a computer and appropriate software
  • Laboratory induction if applicable
  • Security access card 
  • Informing you of their departmental policy relating to thesis expenses

See information for all PhD students

For more information

Ruth Helms
Manager, Academic Programmes
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch, New Zealand

Tel 64 3 364 0527
Email ruth.helms@otago.ac.nz