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Academic Orientation

Academic Orientation is a week of academic events to help you settle into university life

Academic Orientation runs the week before the start of the first semester. It’s a great opportunity to find your way around campus and ensure that by the time classes start, you’re ready to get going.

Pre Academic Orientation events

Due to the Government’s announcement on Sunday 14 February that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 until Wednesday 17 February, the following events have been cancelled:

Tuesday 16 February

Vice-Chancellor's welcome for  Parents and Students – Locals (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Wednesday 17 February

Vice-Chancellor's welcome for Parents and Students – Residential Colleges (2:00pm to 3:00pm)

Any events due to take place after Wednesday 17 February are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned. However, we will continue to update our website with the latest information as soon as we have it.

Thursday 18 February to Friday 19 February

Pacific first-year students' orientation: Growing Pacific scholars 2021 (held over two days)

Calendar of Academic Orientation Week events

Monday 22 February

Tauira Hou Pōwhiri, Ōtākou Marae

Monday 22 February 2021 at 8:30am - Te Huka Mātauraka (the Māori Centre), 515 and 519 Castle Street North

There are two pōwhiri: one in the morning (buses depart at 8:30am) for tauira studying in the Sciences, Commerce and Humanities; one in the afternoon (buses depart at 11:00am) for tauira studying First Year Health Sciences.

First-year Science Students

Monday 22 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

A team of student advisers is available to help answer your questions about your chosen qualification every weekday during Orientation from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March.

Course advice and planning

Monday 22 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

Ask about papers, courses, qualifications or about your future. Student Advisers sit with you kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree. Offered from Monday 22 February to Friday 19 March (weekdays only).

eTransition

Monday 22 February 2021 at 9:00am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Being IT and online ready is essential for successful study. Get your device set up, an learn how to access and use the IT systems at the University in these 20 minute sessions run between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Intro to IT at Otago (Learning Labs)

Monday 22 February 2021 at 10:00am - Big screen behind Student IT booth in AskOtago area (Ground floor of Central library).

Today there are two learning labs - 10:00am & 2:00pm and are approximately two hours long. If you are the only person at the session we can cover any topic you need to know about.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Monday 22 February 2021 at 10:00am - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This is your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Campus Tour

Monday 22 February 2021 at 10:15am - Front entrance of St David Complex in the courtyard area

Today there are four campus tours commencing at 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm and 1:15pm — tours are approximately 45 minutes long. Tours of the campus will show you around University and focus on the particular area in which you intend to study.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Monday 22 February 2021 at 1:00pm - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Meet Locals in Your Area

Monday 22 February 2021 at 2:00pm - Main Common Room, Union Buiding

Meet other Locals in your papers so you have a familiar face to look for in your first week!

Tuesday 23 February

Course advice and planning

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

Ask about papers, courses, qualifications or about your future. Student Advisers sit with you kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree. Offered from Monday 15 February to Friday 26 February (weekdays only).

First-year Science students

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

A team of student advisers is available to help answer your questions about your chosen qualification every weekday during Orientation from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March.

eTransition

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Being IT and online ready is essential for successful study. Get your device set up, an learn how to access and use the IT systems at the University in these 20 minute sessions rung between 9:00am and 11:30am.

Intro to IT at Otago (Learning Labs)

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 10:00am - Big screen behind Student IT booth in AskOtago area (Ground floor of Central library).

Today there are two learning labs - 10:00am & 2:00pm and are approximately two hours long. If you are the only person at the session we can cover any topic you need to know about.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 10:00am - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Campus Tour

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 10:15am - Front entrance of St David Complex in the courtyard

Today there are two campus tours commencing at 10:15am and 11:15am — tours are approximately 45 minutes long. Tours of the campus will show you around University and focus on the particular area in which you intend to study.

University Collegiate Sports Day

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 1:30pm - Logan Park

First-year students from residential colleges, Uni Flats, and the Locals collegiate community meet and participate in an afternoon of social sport. including touch, netball, soccer and volleyball.

Wednesday 24 February

Course advice and planning

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Centre Hub

Ask about papers, courses, qualifications or about your future. Student Advisers sit with you kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

First-year Science students

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

A team of student advisers is available to help answer your questions about your chosen qualification every weekday during Orientation from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March.

eTransition

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Being IT and online ready is essential for successful study. Get your device set up, an learn how to access and use the IT systems at the University in these 20 minute sessions run between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Intro to IT at Otago (Learning Labs)

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 10:00am - Big screen behind Student IT booth in AskOtago area (Ground floor of Central library).

Today there are two learning labs - 10:00am & 2:00pm and are approximately two hours long. If you are the only person at the session we can cover any topic you need to know about.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 10:00am - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Campus Tour

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 10:15am - Front entrance of St David Complex in the courtyard

Today there are four campus tours commencing at 10:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm and 2:15pm — tours are approximately 45 minutes long. Tours of the campus will show you around University and focus on the particular area in which you intend to study.

Locals festival - Amazing Trace

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 11:00am - Locals HQ (top floor, Union Building)

Learn how to navigate campus so you don’t get lost when going to classes, and find all the support services available to students.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 1:00pm - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Orientation

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 2:15pm - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

Meet staff, lecturers and students who will be part of your BA journey for the next three years. This orientation is your introduction to everything about the BA at Otago.

Locals festival - Pre Toga Party

Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 6:00pm - Starters Bar

Enjoy the lead up to your Toga Party in style with Locals and OUSA at Starters! We have sheets and expert Toga tiers ready to help you.

Thursday 25 February

OUSA Clubs Day

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 9:00am - Otago Museum Reserve

Find the perfect club or society you want to make part of your uni experience.

First-year Science students

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

A team of student advisers is available to help answer your questions about your chosen qualification every weekday during Orientation from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March.

Course advice and planning

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

Ask about papers, courses, qualifications or about your future. Student Advisers sit with you kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree.

eTransition

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 9:30am - St David Complex Seminar Rooms A and B

Being IT and online ready is essential for successful study. Get your device set up, an learn how to access and use the IT systems at the University in these 20 minute sessions run between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 10:00am - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

Intro to IT at Otago (Learning Labs)

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 10:00am - Big screen behind Student IT booth in AskOtago area (Ground floor of Central library).

Today there are two learning labs - 10:00am & 2:00pm and are approximately two hours long. If you are the only person at the session we can cover any topic you need to know about.

Campus Tour

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 10:15am - Front entrance of St David Complex in the courtyard

Today there are three campus tours commencing at 10:15am, 11:15am and 1:15pm — tours are approximately 45 minutes long. Tours of the campus will show you around University and focus on the particular area in which you intend to study.

Locals festival - Welcome Repeat

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 11:00am - Locals HQ (top floor, Union Building)

Did you miss our first welcome event or did you want to meet more Locals? Don’t worry, because here we will make sure you have the same chance to meet some new Locals and the Locals team.

Tauira Māori - Hāngī lunch

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 12:00pm - Te Huka Mātauraka, 515 and 519 Castle Street North

Tickets are available for purchase at Te Huka Mātauraka ($5 Students and $7 Staff / Community). Every ticket sold will go in the draw to win a prize at the hāngī.

UNIO 101: University transition and success

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 1:00pm - St David Complex Lecture Theatre

This will be your first formal lecture. We will highlight academic differences between secondary school and university, provide you with advice to support your success and identify successful academic behaviours for you to utilise at university.

University of Otago Pacific Welcome

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5:30pm - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, (there will be a live stream in Castle 2), dinner will be served after the welcome.

This is the annual welcome hosted by University of Otago leaders to officially start the new academic year, and to welcome you to our aiga here at Otago. All new and returning Pacific students and their families are invited to attend.

Friday 26 February

Preliminary lectures

Friday 26 February 2021

Many departments hold preliminary lectures – short presentations that give you important introductory information about the papers for which you are enrolled. Please note, not all papers offer preliminary lectures.

Locals festival - HQ Open Day

Friday 26 February 2021 - Locals HQ (top floor, Union Building)

Come and hang out with the Locals team in the HQ in between your prelim lectures. We can answer any questions you have and help you prepare for classes on Monday!

First-year Science students

Friday 26 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

A team of student advisers is available to help answer your questions about your chosen qualification every weekday during Orientation from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March.

Course advice and planning

Friday 26 February 2021 at 9:00am - AskOtago Central Hub

Ask about papers, courses, qualifications or about your future. Student Advisers sit with you kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) to help you review your study choices and check you’re on track to gain the most from your degree. Offered from Monday 15 February to Friday 26 February (weekdays only).

Combined degrees overview

Friday 26 February 2021 at 9:00am - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

An introduction to the combined degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc). All students taking the BACom, BASc or BComSc are encouraged to attend.

Intro to IT at Otago (Learning Labs)

Friday 26 February 2021 at 10:00am - Big screen behind Student IT booth in AskOtago area (Ground floor of Central library).

Today there are two learning labs - 10:00am & 2:00pm and are approximately two hours long. If you are the only person at the session we can cover any topic you need to know about.

Business overview

Friday 26 February 2021 at 11:30am - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

Don't miss this introduction to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree.

Combined degrees overview

Friday 26 February 2021 at 1:00pm - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

An introduction to the combined degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc). All students taking the BACom, BASc or BComSc are encouraged to attend.

Business overview

Friday 26 February 2021 at 3:00pm - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre

Don't miss this introduction to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree.

Post Academic Orientation events

Wednesday 3 March

Mature student workshop (5:30pm to 6:30pm)