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Welcome to the University of Otago International Office

Main entrance to the University at night

Welcome from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Helen Nicholson

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Otago. Otago is the oldest and the only truly residential university in New Zealand. Every year, the University welcomes international students from over 90 different countries around the world. We aim to ensure that all students gain the most from their time with us and offer a high level of support, both by staff in the International Office and by other Student Services at Otago.

We are also committed to ensuring that Otago students have opportunities to include an international experience as part of their studies through the Student Exchange Programme. With some of the top universities in the world as partners, the University of Otago takes seriously its role as a leading research university in the international arena.

To support this commitment, a variety of University-wide initiatives are in place, ranging from grants to assist staff with the internationalisation of the curriculum, membership of the New Zealand Centre at Peking University, through to the availability of accommodation for staff undertaking research or teaching at the National University of Samoa. The University is also a member of the Matariki Network of Universities which fosters collaboration in areas such as research and learning across the 7 member universities.

I look forward to seeing you in Otago!

Professor Helen Nicholson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)


Welcome from the Director International

Jason Cushen

Tēnā koutou katoa

On behalf of the team in the International Office I extend warm greetings from the University of Otago.

The International Office is committed to providing a range of dedicated services for international students studying at the University of Otago.  These services range from recruitment and admission through to welcoming new international students to our campuses, and providing high quality ongoing pastoral care and support.  In addition, our team provides a dedicated student visa renewal service and assists international students with their insurance obligations.

The International Office is also charged with administering the University's Student Exchange Programme which sends more than 200 students abroad each year to one of our 100 international partners.  We also work with academic and professional staff across all campuses to assist them to engage globally, as well as supporting those international students they teach and supervise.

All of us who work in the International Office are committed to supporting international students who choose the University of Otago to achieve their educational goals.  With this in mind, I encourage you to select the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university, as your study destination.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about studying with us.  We very much look forward to welcoming you to the University.

Jason Cushen
Director International