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Information for International Students with Offers (Christchurch Campus)

Christchurch campus

What to do now …

Log in to your eVision portal

Accept your offer and complete Course Enrolment. You will not be able to study at Otago until these tasks are completed online.

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Pay your tuition fees and insurance

See below for how to pay and how to obtain a receipt. Add the cost of the insurance premium to the fees stated on your Offer letter.

For insurance premiums see the University website -

Information about alternative insurance policies can be found here:

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Apply for your student visa now!

Arrange your student visa BEFORE you leave home. You must have a current student visa for the University of Otago in order to complete your enrolment and gain access to University services and facilities.  It is important that your visa states that you are studying on the University of Otago Christchurch campus.  In support of your visa application you will need to include your Offer of Place and tuition fees receipt (or proof of exemption from paying fees) along with other required documents. Visit this website for application forms and guidelines -

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Book your accommodation

You need to book some form of accommodation (temporary or otherwise) for when you arrive.  Visit to begin exploring your accommodation options.

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Book your travel:

PhD candidates: Be sure to advise your supervisor and the International Office of your arrival date.

Postgraduate students: Please check the website for semester start dates.

Plan to depart Christchurch AFTER the conclusion of the examination period.

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Make contact with your supervisor / department

Arrange to meet them and they will give you directions to their office.

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Complete your Enrolment

Your supervisor will arrange for you to meet with Ruth Helms, Manager, Academic Programmes or you can email or telephone Ruth to make an appointment to meet with her.

Please bring your passport, a passport size photo for your student ID card and any documentation you may have relating to a scholarship.

Ruth Helms
Manager, Research Degrees
University of Otago, Christchurch
Tel +64 3 364 0527

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Payment must be made in New Zealand dollars by one of the following methods:

  • Telegraphic Transfer (from within or outside New Zealand)
  • Internet banking (from within New Zealand)
  • Phone banking (from within New Zealand)

University of Otago Bank Account details:

Westpac New Zealand Limited
Westpac Moray Place Branch
106 George Street
PO Box 5345
Dunedin 9058
New Zealand

Account number : 03-0175-0660238-01
Account name: University of Otago - Student Tuition
Swift Code: WPACNZ2W (for payments outside N.Z.)
with a reference ‘‘paid for (student’s full name)’’


You will need a receipt for your visa application. Contact the Student Finance Office:

Post: PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 479 9006
Fax: +64 3 479 9035

Include the following details: your name, student ID (if known), amount sent, date sent, date receipt required, remitting bank, further information (such as name of sender if not you), where you would like the receipt sent (fax number, email address).

Note: The remitting bank should quote the student’s name, NOT the name of the person arranging the transfer, so the incoming payment can be identified.

An extra NZ$25 should be allowed to cover the New Zealand banking system charges for telegraphic transfers which are extra to the charges of the bank where the transfer was initiated. For your protection, it is important to retain a copy of the transaction provided by the remitting bank.

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