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About OUASSA

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest and most attractive university, an institution with an international reputation for excellence in scientific research and teaching.

OUASSA is designed to introduce potentially high achieving Year 13 students to cutting edge research by means of practical projects held over two 5 day residential science camps and on-line support through our Virtual Academy.

The goal of the science camps is to introduce the students to the world of science research, through a range of practical projects that will excite, challenge, inspire and motivate them to excel in their final year of school and on their way to a possible career in science. By the end of the second camp students will not only have increased their knowledge of the sciences but gained practical skills, learned how to communicate science and be familiar with the range of career options open to scientists.

OUASSA has a strong focus on analytical thinking and problem solving, the important role of communication and the way science in the 21st Century considers social and ethical concerns.

Residential Science Camps

During the Science Camps all participants are provided full free board at one of the Residential Colleges adjacent to the University of Otago campus. We will also pay your travel costs to get here.

The science programme is balanced by social and recreational activities in the afternoons and/or evenings.

Learn more about the student programme

Attention Parents

Supervision is provided outside academic hours by OUASSA staff and an additional team of mentors, whose role is to provide peer support, role-modelling and ensure that the social aspects of the programme run smoothly. OUASSA's mentors are typically postgraduate or senior university students who are carefully vetted by both character references and interviews. All our mentors are put through training and a national police check process.

Attention Teachers

OUASSA also runs two Teacher Workshops every year during our January and July science camps. While targeted at teachers from schools who have students enrolled in OUASSA, other teachers are welcome to attend.

Learn more about the teacher programme

OUASSA's Supporters

Ministry of Education logoThe Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA) is jointly funded by the University of Otago and the Ministry of Education.