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Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)

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Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)Helen Nicholson

I warmly welcome you to the University of Otago. Every year, the University of Otago welcomes international students from over 90 different countries around the world. We pride ourselves on the high level of student support that is offered, both by staff within the International Division and by other Student Services at Otago. As well as welcoming students who come to study at Otago for either a semester or their full degree, we are also committed to ensuring Otago students have the opportunity to include an international experience in 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 help staff with the internationalisation of the curriculum, membership of the NZ Centre at Peking University, through to the availability of accommodation for staff undertaking research at the National University of Samoa.

The International Division itself offers a full range of services from the recruitment, admission and pastoral care of international students, through to working with departments across the University in the development of programmes and promotional materials, and the day-to-day administration of the Otago Global Student Exchange Programme. The Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) includes a visits service, for international partners and VIP visits to Otago, as well as being responsible for managing the University’s international institutional partnerships and implementing the strategic internationalisation goals. The University’s Internationalisation Committee comprises representatives from each academic Division of the University. Otago staff interested in putting proposals forward to the Committee should either contact their respective Pro-Vice-Chancellor, or the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International).

If you are an intending student, please contact the International Division and we will be able to help you and provide further information. If you choose to come to study at New Zealand’s first University, I look forward to welcoming you.

Professor Helen Nicholson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)