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School Ambassador Programme

The Otago Business School provides travel reimbursements for senior students (200-level and up) to return to their former secondary school and encourage students there to consider studying Business at the University of Otago. 

We believe the best way to promote Otago is for prospective students to hear about the experiences of current students.

We seek students that are already intending to return home during the semester break, and can conveniently visit their former secondary school. The University is not paying for you to travel home, rather subsidising an already planned journey. 

The Ambassador Programme is also run through the Division of Health Science, Division of Humanities, and Division of Sciences. 

If you are completing a BCom, or BCom and another degree then you are welcome to apply to become a Business School ambassador.  If you are a double degree student then you can apply through the Business School or your other Division, but there is no need to apply through both as we coordinate the Ambassador Programme together. 

Application for 2019 close on Friday 12 April.

What are we looking for in a School Ambassador?

We are looking for students in their second or third year at Otago, although more senior students can apply. The intention is for the student to be similar in age and outlook to the school pupils and perhaps even be known to them.

Ideally we would like to send students who have had both residential college and flatting experience, who are confident speakers, who involve themselves in extra-curricular activities and, most importantly, are passionate about the subject(s) they are studying and majoring in.

Students arrange the visits themselves so it is also helpful if they have maintained some contact with the school.

Local Dunedin Students

The Business School is keen to include local students in the Ambassador Programme, so if you went to a Dunedin high school and would like to be an ambassador, then please apply.

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When should a School Ambassador visit take place?

Ideally School Ambassador visits happen during the break between semesters when university exams are over but secondary schools are still in session.

Successful applicants will be required to attend an informal briefing session with a member of the Schools’ Liaison Officer.

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How much is the travel reimbursement?

Students will receive travel reimbursements up to a maximum of $300.

This is a reimbursement based on the actual cost of travel.  GST receipts for travel costs will be required.

If a student does not need to travel to visit their old high school (such as local Dunedin students), they will be reimbursed for their time with a VISA Prezzy Card valued at $50. 

Note: Reimbursements do not cover any accommodation costs.  It is the intention that students are returning to their 'home', which is located in the same or nearby town/city as their former secondary school

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How to apply for the School Ambassador Programme

Students will need to:

  • complete an application form and attach a brief CV
  • attach a copy of their academic record
  • get a signature of recommendation from their lecturer on the application form

Download an application form for the School Ambassador programme (Word, 30KB)

Deadline for applications

The deadline for completed application forms is Friday 12 April 2019.

Applicants will be advised if their application has been successful by 3 May 2019.

For further information


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