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An extensive amount of dedicated support is available to all students during their time at the University of Otago College of Education. Here are some of the services and support that you should know about.

Central Student Services

Student Health

The Student Health Services team at have a team of committed health professionals on board for your well-being during your time at Otago.

Student Learning Centre

If you are new to the University or a current student finding particular papers challenging, the Student Learning Centre provides key advice and helpful tips to ensure you can reach your potential in your studies.

Disability Information and Support

Assistance is available for students and recognised for those with medical conditions and other mental health conditions, temporary injuries, specific learning difficulties, depression, chronic illness, visual, hearing, and mobility impairments, as well as those who are Deaf, who may require additional resources or assistance while studying.

Because you are an individual with your own requirements, Disability Information & Support's services are organised around meeting those, rather than focusing on the type of impairment or condition you might have.


There are a range of residential colleges available to students, especially those leaving home for the first time. There are also options available for temporary accommodation or assistance with finding a flat.

Accommodation options.

Māori and Pasifika students

College of Education Te Kura Ākau Taitoka Kaiāwhina Māori and Pasifika student support team

Kaiāwhina Māori – Māori student support team

Amie Curtis | Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu
Kairuruku Riteka Utua (Mātauraka Kōhukahuka)

Salote Rouvi

Michael Gaffney | Kāi Tahu
Mātauraka Kōhukahuka

Rachel Martin | Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha
Associate Dean Māori | Manupiki Māori

Parker Ormond | Ngāti Rongomaiwhaine, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa
Kaiarahi o Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua

Pasifika student support

Karina Nafatali
Pasifika Co-ordinator

Te Whare Raupī

Nau mau haere mai tauti mai ki te rūma whānau mō kā tauira Māori me Pasifika kai te Education Support Services EG10.  This space is open for our tauira Māori and Pasifika to come together and share a kai, hang out and whakawhanaukataka.

The Māori Centre

The Māori Centre provides an informal and relaxed environment from a Kaupapa Māori base. Services provided include information about scholarships, tutoring and connection to the various Māori students' associations on campus.

Division of Humanities – Kaiāwhina Māori: Māori Student Support Officer

The Kaiāwhina Māori assists Māori students in accessing academic and pastoral support, provide assistance with advocacy and scholarships and liaise within the Division of Humanities departments, including the College of Education.

The Pacific Islands Centre

The Pacific Islands Centre is a cultural and spiritual home for all those who identify with the Pacific nations of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The Centre enables you to connect with the local Pacific community, as well as providing support and guidance and access to scholarship information.

Division of Humanities – Pacific Islands Student Support Officer

The Pacific Islands Students Support Officer is here to assist all Pacific Island students in accessing academic and pastoral support, provide assistance with advocacy and scholarships and liaise within Division of Humanities departments including the College of Education.

International students

The University of Otago College of Education welcomes International students.

The International Office deals with international enquiries and provides information and assistance relating to applications, entry requirements, tuition fees, accommodation, insurance and visas, and will provide you with support when you are studying with us.

International students applying for College of Education programmes or courses will need to contact the International Office directly.

Otago University Students' Association (OUSA)

Membership of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) provides access to many student services during your time at Otago. OUSA services include help from Student Job Search to get a job, access to various clubs and societies, to advocacy and queer support, and to many OUSA events held throughout the year.

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