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Kickstart your time at the University of Otago

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What is Kickstart 101?

This six week summer school paper will help prepare you for life at university.

  • Kickstart 101 is a mix of lectures, workshops and social activities designed to have you hit the ground running
  • You will learn new skills to kick-start your university journey, be inspired and welcomed here on campus
  • You will meet our amazing Pacific staff who will be there to support you every step of the way. And you will do it with other like-minded students

Who is it for?

Open to all Pacific students:

  • Entering first year tertiary study at the University of Otago
  • Either shown an interest or already applied to study at Otago

Students who have not yet formally applied to the University will get guidance and assistance to do so.

Register your interest now

Contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Note: Acceptance into the Kickstart 101 programme does not imply that application for admission to any other University programme will be accepted.

When?

6–19 January 2020 2 weeks of distance learning
20 January–14 February 2020 4 weeks on-campus (9am–5pm Monday–Friday)

Where?

The first 2 weeks of study are by distance at your home before heading to our Dunedin campus for the last 4 weeks of the paper.

We will provide free on-campus accommodation at one of our residential colleges. You can then focus on your study and not have to worry about finding somewhere to stay, or what to have for dinner.

No fees
free paper

Free
accommodation

What’s in it for you?

You will receive:

  • a fees-free summer school paper
  • 18 points towards your university degree
  • free accommodation at a University of Otago residential college

You will learn:

  • degree-level study skills and habits
  • what university is about and how it works
  • your way around the University of Otago campus

You will also:

  • make new friends
  • get to know University staff, facilities and student support systems
“University seems like a huge and scary place, but it really isn’t, it is easy to make friends and become comfortable in your new home.”

Kara-Lee Hunt
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws

“Discussing with other students the stereotypes associated with being Pacific increased my motivation to break those preconceived ideas, to go to University and to achieve excellence.”

Tino Atonio-Johnston
Bachelor of Science

What should I expect from Kickstart 101?

  • Kickstart 101 is a mix of lectures, workshops and social activities designed to have you hit the ground running
  • You will learn new skills to kick-start your university journey, be inspired and welcomed here on campus
  • You will meet our amazing Pacific staff who will be there to support you every step of the way. And you will do it with other like-minded students.

18 points
to kick-start your degree

Grab your place

Limited places available.

You will need to tell us soon as possible to secure your place in the programme.

We will confirm your place in the programme by email and post.

Want to talk to us about the programme?

We are more than happy to talk to you and your family if you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Ala Teu:

Email ala.teu@otago.ac.nz or call +64 3 479 8640