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Welcome to the University of Otago International Office

Main entrance to the University at night

Welcome from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Helen Nicholson

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Otago. Otago is the oldest and the only truly residential university in New Zealand. Every year, the University welcomes international students from over 90 different countries around the world. We aim to ensure that all students gain the most from their time with us and offer a high level of support, both by staff in the International Office and by other Student Services at Otago.

We are also committed to ensuring that Otago students have opportunities to include an international experience as part of their studies through the Student Exchange Programme. With some of the top universities in the world as partners, the University of Otago takes seriously its role as a leading research university in the international arena.

To support this commitment, a variety of University-wide initiatives are in place, ranging from grants to assist staff with the internationalisation of the curriculum, membership of the New Zealand Centre at Peking University, through to the availability of accommodation for staff undertaking research or teaching at the National University of Samoa. The University is also a member of the Matariki Network of Universities which fosters collaboration in areas such as research and learning across the 7 member universities.

I look forward to seeing you in Otago!

Professor Helen Nicholson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)


Welcome from the Director International

Simon Chu

Welcome to the University of Otago and the beautiful city of Dunedin, New Zealand. We are very proud of our rich history, outstanding research and excellent teaching at New Zealand’s oldest University.

The International Office is committed to supporting the continued internationalisation of our University. Services range from the recruitment, admission and pastoral care of students through to working with departments across the University with their own internationalisation plans and international collaborations. We have a dedicated team of staff who provide international exchange opportunities to any one of over 100 university partners we have globally. Annually we host many delegations from around the world.

Many initiatives are in place to support this commitment, ranging from curriculum grants available to University of Otago staff to a lecture series promoting innovative staff who have “internationalised” their curriculum and research.

The University of Otago is a comprehensive University with additional campuses in Wellington and Christchurch, where many of our health professionals train and extensive research takes place. Our Invercargill campus provides additional facilities for our education students and we have an Auckland base where prospective students can connect with Otago.

We pride ourselves on the pastoral and academic support provided to all students and have dedicated staff to meet students throughout the day, every week of the year. I personally invite you to the University of Otago to experience the teaching, research, lifestyle and community which we call our own.

If you wish to apply to our University, please contact us and I look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand’s first and significantly residential university, based in Dunedin New Zealand.

Simon Chu
Director International