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Course advice – there’s more to it than you think. Find out for yourself.

Planning in your first year sets you up for your second, third, fourth, fifth…  

Get one-on-one advice that’s tailored for you.


What can I study?


How can course advice help me?


Who can I talk to about planning my course?


What can I study?

With so many possibilities to choose from it can be challenging deciding which subject to study, or what qualification will be best to help you achieve your goals.

In the Planning your study at Otago section there are some tools to help you narrow down your choices, a step-by-step plan for your first year, some advice on ways to structure your programme, plus a section with commonly used terminology.

Planning your study at Otago


Who can I talk to about planning my course?

Future students

The Schools’ Liaison Office provide a link between the University and students coming from secondary school. Liaison staff visit secondary schools during terms 1 and 2 to talk about the opportunities for living and learning at Otago, then return in terms 3 and 4 to help you plan your studies.

You can contact the Liaison staff for advice on year 12 and 13 subject choices, courses at University, entrance requirements and University life.

However, you don’t need to be coming from school to get advice from the Liaison Team. They are available to any future student who is starting university for the first time, to talk their options through.

Schools' Liaison Office

First year and current students

Once you’re on campus there’s a wide range of people here to help. Your first point of contact is the University Course Advice Service. They will be able to put you in touch with experts from around the University, both academic and support staff, who can help you with your course.

University Course Advice Service


Book an appointment

Make an appointment with a team member of the University Course Advice Service, or view a full list of the advisers from around the University.


Course Advice Days

Dedicated course advice days are held for first and second semester. See the calendar of upcoming Course Advice events.