The Otago International Friendship Network (OIFN) connects new incoming international students with friendly returning Otago students to help them settle into Dunedin and adjust to life at the University of Otago.
Each semester we divide OIFN applicants into five 'House' groups. Together, the House Captains run events during Orientation Week and throughout the semester to keep everyone connected. We place each applicant in a House and also a friendship cluster-group which is usually made up of five students, including two returning Otago students (known as Otago Host Partners) and three new international students (known as International Partners).
In order to be placed in a Friendship Cluster Group you need to apply at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester you will be starting at Otago. However, if you apply to join OIFN after this time you can still join a House Group up until the third week of each semester.
OIFN is a fun and supportive way to meet people!
Apply to become a New International Partner
Applications for OIFN in semester 2, 2018 are now closed.
Apply to become an Otago Host Partner
To be an Otago Host Partner you must have previously studied at the University of Otago for at least one full semester.
You must read and understand the Otago Host Partner Information Guide (289kb) before applying.
Applications for OIFN semester 2 are now closed.