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Discover what student life is really like at the University of Otago with the Pacific On-Campus Experience

2019 Pacific Experience
Pacific On Campus Experience 2018 recipients with mentors Joshua Aliifaalogo and Etta Tamapua.

  • Attend Dunedin Tertiary Day
  • Visit academic departments and meet our amazing academic support staff who'll be there to support you if you come to Otago
  • Meet current students

Why Otago?

This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about how the University of Otago could be the place for you to study and call home.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS, 2019)
  • NZD$13,000 Pacific Peoples' Entrance Scholarship
  • Impressive academic support for Pacific students
  • Outstanding graduate employability with 95% of our graduates going straight into work or further study
  • Academic excellence by being ranked New Zealand's top university for educational performance (Tertiary Education Commission Educational Performance Indicators)
  • University of Otago staff have won the Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence in 7 of the past 10 years.
    Dr Latika Samalia won in 2021.
  • Amazing facilities and ranked one of the world's most beautiful campuses

When is the Pacific On Campus Experience ( POCE ) and what are the application details?


Sunday 7 May to Monday 8 May 2023


Covers all expenses (travel, accommodation, programme activities and meals)

Who can apply

Year 13 students of Pacific heritage

Applications close

5pm Friday 17 March 2023

Interested? Apply today

The competitive application process involves:

  • Reference from School Principal
  • Write a 500 word essay on: NCEA – My plan on how to achieve excellence at the end of the year
  • NCEA L2 School results summary or alternative if non NCEA

Make sure you have:

Students must seek parents' permission first.

Apply now

To find out more, contact:

Christine Anesone

Tel +64 3 479 4981


Checklist of what to bring (if offered a scholarship) (DOCX)

Risk Management plan (for teachers only)

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