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Orientation Week

Orientation is a week of activities to help you settle into university life

Orientation runs the week before the start of the first semester. Due to the national shift to the Red setting of the COVID‑19 Protection Framework, this year's activities will no longer be held in person. It’s still going to be a great opportunity for you to find your way around campus and ensure that by the time classes start, you’re ready to get going.

The online videos and resources below are a great place to start.

Calendar of Orientation Week events

Welcome to Otago

As the 2022 academic year begins, find your way with help from all that Otago, and Dunedin, has to offer.

Nau mai tauti mai ki te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou

Katharina Ruckstuhl welcome cover image

Commerce

A welcome message for new tauira Māori in Commerce.

Zoe Bristowe welcome cover image

Health Sciences

A welcome message for new tauira Māori in Health Sciences.

Tenaya Brown welcome cover image

Humanities

A welcome message for new tauira Māori in Humanities.

Bethany Struthers welcome cover image

Sciences

A welcome message for new tauira Māori in Sciences.

Warm Pacific greetings from Otago

Esmay Lemalu-Eteuati welcome cover image

Commerce

A welcome message for new Pacific students in Commerce.

Xaviour Walker welcome cover image

Health Sciences

A welcome message for new Pacific students in Health Sciences.

Michelle Schaaf welcome cover image

Humanities

A welcome message for new Pacific students in Humanities.

Losa Moata’ane welcome cover image

Sciences

A welcome message for new Pacific students in Sciences.

Degree-specific videos and more

Bachelor of Arts

An orientation video for new BA students.

Bachelor of Entrepreneurship

An orientation video for new BEntr students.

Combined degrees

A video introduction to the combined degrees at Otago.

eTransition: IT introductory sessions

Learn how to access and use the University's IT systems.

Monday 21 February

OUSA Ori’22

Monday 21 February 2022

Otago University Students' Association 2022 Orientation Week events.

NOW ONLINE – UNIO 101: University transition and success

Monday 21 February 2022 - Online

This series of modules 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.

Locals HQ open day

Monday 21 February 2022 at 11:00am - Locals HQ | Takuahi Kirirarau (top floor, Union Building)

Quickly pop into Locals HQ to grab a bag of free stuff, meet some of the Locals team, and to see the space.

ONLINE – Locals quiz

Monday 21 February 2022 at 6:00pm - Online via Discord

A virtual social event for students who are flatting, boarding or living at home in their first year.

Tuesday 22 February

NOW ONLINE – UNIO 101: University transition and success

Tuesday 22 February 2022 - Online

This series of modules 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.

ONLINE – Locals O-Week activities

Tuesday 22 February 2022 - Online

The Locals Collegiate Community provides social and volunteering opportunities, and academic and pastoral support to students who choose to flat, board or live at home in their first year.

Wednesday 23 February

ONLINE – Locals O-Week activities

Wednesday 23 February 2022 - Online

The Locals Collegiate Community provides social and volunteering opportunities, and academic and pastoral support to students who choose to flat, board or live at home in their first year.

NOW ONLINE – UNIO 101: University transition and success

Wednesday 23 February 2022 - Online

This series of modules 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.

CANCELLED – Flats expo 2022

Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 1:00pm - Terrace Lounge | Rūma Noho Ūpane
(behind Locals HQ in the Union Building)

Help and advice for all aspects of flatting, plus giveaways, prizes and discounts.

CANCELLED – Locals Pre-Toga Party

Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 6:00pm - TBC

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

CANCELLED – Toga Party

Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 9:00pm - TBC

Grab your sheets and head on down. It’s an event not be missed.

Thursday 24 February

NOW ONLINE – UNIO 101: University transition and success

Thursday 24 February 2022 - Online

This series of modules 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.

NOW ONLINE – Pacific welcome

Thursday 24 February 2022 - Online

A video welcome for all new and returning Pacific students and their families to start the new academic year.

ONLINE – Locals O-Week activities

Thursday 24 February 2022 - Online

The Locals Collegiate Community provides social and volunteering opportunities, and academic and pastoral support to students who choose to flat, board or live at home in their first year.

POSTPONED – Kai Māori Festival

Thursday 24 February 2022 at 11:00am - On the open space next to Te Roopū Māori and Te Huka Mātauraka

Kai stalls, a live band, performances from local kapa haka roopū, spot prizes and competitions, and representation from mana whenua and all the Nga Roopū Māori executives.

CANCELLED – Hāngī lunch

Thursday 24 February 2022 at 12:00pm - Te Huka Mātauraka, 515 Castle Street North

A welcome lunch for tauira Māori at Te Huka Mātauraka  – your “Whānau on Campus”.

Friday 25 February

ONLINE – Locals O-Week activities

Friday 25 February 2022 - Online

The Locals Collegiate Community provides social and volunteering opportunities, and academic and pastoral support to students who choose to flat, board or live at home in their first year.

NOW ONLINE – Combined degrees overview

Friday 25 February 2022 - Online

A video introduction to the combined degrees at the University of Otago – the Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) and Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc).