You need to hold a visa valid for study before entering New Zealand and throughout your enrolment period at the University of Otago.
You must update the University's Student Visa Service (at the International Office) with any new visa received visa while you are studying.
Failure to update the University's Student Visa Service with current visas will result in losing access to University resources and services.
Bringing your family
If you’re planning on bringing your spouse/partner and/or children with you to New Zealand, they will need to apply for an appropriate visa based on their circumstances.
2021 Resident Visa and Dependent Child Tertiary Student Visa
If your parents are eligible to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa, you may be eligible for the Dependent Child Tertiary Student Visa. This visa allows international students to access tertiary studies at the domestic fee rate.
Medical and travel insurance
All international students are required to have comprehensive health and travel insurance while in New Zealand.
The University of Otago’s recommended policy is Studentsafe Inbound University. When you enrol you will automatically be covered by Studentsafe, and the insurance premium will be added to your student account.