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Welcome from the CEO

How do you think – by Author UnknownRoger
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, it’s almost certain you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a person’s will
It’s all in the state of mind

Welcome to the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year. We are pleased to welcome students from many places in the world, and from New Zealand. I hope that while you are studying here you will make friends with people from other countries and cultures. This will contribute to international understanding.


To Language Centre students; there are many different reasons why students want to learn English. Whatever your reason, learning English is a challenge. You will need to work hard and practise your English both in class and in your daily life in Dunedin. Use English at every opportunity.


To Foundation Year students; by enrolling in the Foundation Year programme you have taken an important step in creating your future. To achieve success and gain entry to university you will need to work hard. We have very well qualified teachers and they will do their best to help you. However, in the end it is the amount of effort you put in that will count.


To all students; we have staff who will assist you with any problems outside the classroom. Please ask for help, as there is always someone available.


Dunedin is regarded as a student city and the university environment makes it a good place to learn. I am a University of Otago graduate, I have visited many countries and cities around the world, and I think you have made a good choice to study here.


Best wishes for a successful and enjoyable time at the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year.


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