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New international student enrolment and orientation seminars

All new incoming international students MUST register for and attend a New International Student Enrolment and Orientation seminar before completing enrolment. This includes students who have been studying online but are due to arrive and enrol on campus in New Zealand for the first time.

You do not need to register for an orientation seminar if you are studying through one of the Study Abroad Institutes: Arcadia, IFSA or TEAN; or if you are an IMU pharmacy, dentistry or medicine student; or if you are coming to study with the MBA programme. You will instead be advised of the time and location of your special group welcome.

International students starting on campus for semester 1 2023

The orientation and enrolment seminars for international students commencing studies on campus for the first time in semester 1 (February) 2023 will take place from 15 February to 24 February.

Please register for an orientation seminar by completing this survey:

Enrolment and orientation seminar registration survey – semester 1 on campus

Please send a scanned copy/picture of the photo page of your passport AND the pdf of your visa once you have received it from Immigration New Zealand to international.orientation@otago.ac.nz. Please write your full legal name and student ID number in this email so that we can identify you.

You MUST bring your passport with you to the enrolment and orientation seminar.

Following the seminar, you should be able to complete your ‘Declaration’ (the final step of enrolment) within 24 hours. The day after completing your declaration you can obtain your Student ID card and will then have access to University Services.

International Enrolment and Orientation Schedule semester 1 2023 (PDF)

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New international students starting online for semester 1 2023

The online orientation seminars for new students commencing studies online in semester 1 2023 will take place in mid–late February 2023.

Please register for an orientation seminar by completing this survey:

Enrolment and orientation seminar registration survey – semester 1 online

Please also email a scanned copy/picture of the photo page of your passport to international.orientation@otago.ac.nz. Please write your full legal name and student ID number in this email so that we can identify you.

Following the seminar, you should be able to complete your ‘Declaration’ (the final step of enrolment) within 24 hours.

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Research masters' or PhD students starting on campus

If you are an international PhD or research master's (thesis-based) student enrolling on campus for the first time (this includes students who have already begun their study remotely/online), you must report to the AskOtago Central Hub in Dunedin, or the AskOtago reception if you are studying at one of the other Otago campuses.

In Dunedin, the AskOtago Central Hub is located in the Information Services Building and the drop-in hours are Monday–Friday, 11:00am–3:00pm.

You will need to bring your passport and electronic visa with you to be verified. This step activates a series of important steps and services to support you with a smooth transition for your studies on campus, including an on-campus orientation session (mandatory to attend).

Please also register for an on-campus orientation/welcome session for PhD/masters' students by completing this survey:

Enrolment and orientation seminar registration survey – PhD/master's

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