The University of Otago provides an outstanding student experience with a strong commitment to pastoral care and support.
Learn more about Otago’s student and academic services, from course advice to health and well-being, to spiritual support, to student learning development.
Otago is committed to providing international students with the most rewarding study, campus and life experience. Our International team is here to support you to make your time at Otago memorable.
International Student Advisers
International Student Advisers (ISAs) provide a ‘home away from home’ for international students. This very special group of caring, compassionate Otago staff members are dedicated to helping you with a wide variety of issues.
Immigration and visa support
The International Office is home to expert visa staff, who provide a one-on-one service to international students seeking visa information.
The International Office’s insurance team is available to assist international students with any insurance questions they may have.
Student exchange for Otago students
Study overseas for a semester or a year as part of your Otago degree.
Find out more about the programme, grants and awards available, and when and how to apply.
Other information for international students
- Prepare for Otago
- US Financial Aid at the University of Otago
- Information for students under 18, and their families
- Information for students with families
- Spiritual support – Otago Tertiary Chaplains
Updates and important information
The International Students Blackboard page is regularly updated with news, opportunities and reminders, to ensure international students have all the information they need during their studies.
International students are also encouraged to download the University of Otago student app.
Our responsibility to you
Code of Practice
The University of Otago is a signatory to the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s 'Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016'. We are committed to ensuring all international students are informed, protected and cared for during their time with us.
Otago treats complaints seriously. We encourage students to inform us when issues arise.