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New international PhD students

International students will have been contacted prior to arrival regarding meeting with the Manager, Academic Programmes, to arrange enrolment.

Documents to bring to this initial meeting:

  • Passport/visa
  • a passport-size photo

The meeting will cover:

  • Witnessing of passport documents
  • Finalising enrolment
  • Bank Account letter/accommodation confirmation
  • Scholarship payment form
  • University of Otago ID card
  • Student Insurance
  • Student Services Fee
  • Liaising with supervising department
  • Mobile phone / Metro information / Christchurch map / liaison with other students from same country / student workshops information / PSOC brochure / library information

Further information for international students

New domestic PhD students

Prior to commencement date, new domestic PhD candidates should meet with the Manager, Academic Programmes.

The meeting will cover:

  • Enrolment
  • Scholarship payment form
  • University of Otago ID card – need a passport-size photo and driver's licence
  • Any other administrative matters

For all new PhD students

Your supervising department is responsible for:

  • Providing you with a study space
  • Organising a computer and appropriate software
  • Laboratory induction if applicable
  • Security access card
  • Informing you of their departmental policy relating to thesis expenses

See information for all PhD students

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