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Information for Pacific secondary school students

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No matter where you live, there is always someone you can talk to about coming to study at Otago. Your school careers advisor is a good person to start with.

In addition, the University of Otago schools' liaison officers based in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin visit secondary schools throughout the country to introduce the University to school students. They assist with course planning and application forms and are also involved in schools' career evenings. Of course the staff at the Pacific Islands Centre are also more than happy to advise you and answer any of your queries about coming to Otago.

More information for prospective students

Faculty of Law  - 2014 Career Events

Even before you begin your tertiary study, there are opportunities available to you as school students:

  • Dare to Succeed Programme
    Special academic mentoring programme set up in 2008 aimed at helping Queen's High School and King's High School Pacifica senior students with their studies. In 2011, Homework Centres have been set up at Otago Boys High School and Logan Park High School along with the opening of a community homework centre for students from other Dunedin schools.
  • On Campus Experience Scholarships
    For Year 13 students that want to experience life at the University of Otago.

Pacific Foundation Programme

The Pacific Foundation Programme (PFP) supports young New Zealand Pacific students interested in a health career. This programme is tailored to alleviate the barriers young Pacific people tend to face as they transition from high school to university. Students in the PFP study the Health Science course at the University of Otago Foundation Year which runs for 33 weeks.

How is my child doing at school?

The Education Review Office (ERO) has produced a booklet suggesting questions parents can ask teachers in primary and secondary schools about their child's learning and wellbeing at school, and what to expect. It also looks at what makes a successful school.
To view the booklet online go to or email ERO to order printed copies -

Student Profiles & Articles

Otago Student crowned Miss Samoa - Otago Connection, Sept 2014

Latafale Auva'a - New TV Ad Showcases Law, University Bulletin, Thurs 19 June 2014

Grettel Williams - "Life After High School: Tertiary education launchpad for exciting careers", Touchstone, October 2012 (PDF:848KB)

"Otago University Praised", Samoa Observer NZ, 12/1/2012 (PDF:270KB)